I had the wonderful opportunity to host a tester from Woven Wings recently, which is super exciting! Geo Doodle came to visit us and this 100% cotton awesomeness totally blew us away. I'm not really a cotton woven gal, I like cotton handwovens but when it comes to a machine woven I really tend to prefer "blends" for the comfort and wrapping qualities I desire. But this beauty was awesome, and one of the most toddler worthy 100% cotton wraps I have tried so far. Honestly it's not really my slice of cake aesthetically speaking, but the wrapping qualities are stellar!
In hand doodle feels pretty heavy and dense, honestly I was unsure of liking it when I first received it. I like a medium-thick wrap but I don't like beastly, I have a toddler but he's still pretty small for his age at only 21 lbs so I don't need something overly beastly for support. As beastly as it might seem in hand I actually found it pretty easy to wrap with, although tying off a knot can be a bit of work since it is pretty thick. It definitely has grip and texture, it holds really nicely but the passes are actually quite easy to make I didn't find it sticking to itself. One of the first things that came to mind when I tried this was that I felt it really "hugged" me. I don't think I've ever used that word to describe a wrap before, and I don't even know if I can say exactly what the means, but that's how I felt. And holy cow the support! No sag, no dig, no fussiness, this is just comfy. I usually prefer wool for support and comfort but this rocked my socks off. I wouldn't reach for this with a newborn but man is it perfect for a bigger baby and/or toddler!
I appreciate that along with being heavier and dense doodle also has some stretch to it, not a ton but enough to give it some drape and make an easy chest pass that isn't too fussy. Too much stretch with a looser weave means I can't do a quick enough carry without lots of adjustments (impatient toddler anyone?) but I think this has just the right amount of slight/medium stretch with a tigther weave so it's perfect. I find it's forgiving of a sloppy wrap job, which for me is a huge bonus. This came to be having been used a bit already as I wasn't the first to host it on it's travels, so it was starting to break in but not all the way there yet. It really has nice mold-ability and I think once it's really been broken in to it's full extend it will be that much more amazing. I wish I could try it again after it has visited everyone so I could experienced the difference after more use. I am super lazy when it comes to breaking in a wrap, I'm turned off by something that's too stiff, but that definitely wasn't an issue here. It's easy enough to use pretty quickly but I think it's like a fine wine, it will only getting better with time!
The cotton in doodle is pretty matte although I wouldn't necessarily call it "dry". It's just definitely not on the silky side of cotton. Due to the thickness I find it does wrap a bit "short" although I didn't have trouble tying off with my typical base size 6. I did used a single knot more often than a double because it holds quite well and honestly a double knot it pretty big with this beauty! I think doodle is suitable as a shorty or a base size depending on your needs, although I definitely lean towards this as a shorty. With a busy toddler shorties are taking over my stash and I would definitely pick this up in a 3 or 4 to be my go-to ruck wrap, especially on the go when I want easy-care cotton.
All in all this thicker cotton wrap took me outside of my "wheel house" and I really enjoyed it!
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