I have always been a huge fan of the Midsummer Nights Dream collection of Fairies (Triangles) especially how the design comes alive when wrapped. Many of us have been waiting for more triangles with anticipation and imagining what toddler worthy blends might be created. The flat but intricate weave lends itself to blends without slubs or too much texture so I was imagining cotton blends. When I first heard of wool triangles I was intrigued. The image in my head was the merino geo’s kind of wooliness which I love but couldn’t envision for the triangles pattern. The ladies at Woven Wings are brilliant at creating well balanced blends which wrap like magic. The touch of merino in this wrap is so clever it adds a cush and softness but is so subtle you would forget it had merino in it. It is the same blend as Singing in the Rain Droplets but wraps very differently because of the tight knit weave of the cotton. It’s not as thick or bouncy as SITR. This tight weave makes it rock solid and totally toddler worthy, and judging by how it changed after a bit of use I imagine a broken in version would also be squish worthy. The distribution of ‘wooly' triangles throughout the pattern adds a subtle texture to an otherwise flat design and tight weave. I can’t wait to see how it evolves over time as the cotton threads fluff up. This wrap is a medium thickness. Much thicker and cushier than the original MSND fairies. I have yet to try a stockinette but I found this reminiscent of a semi broken in AQFL that I had here on holiday with the extra cush of merino.
When triangles arrived, like with any wrap that enters this house, I gave it time to speak to me. Wraps always need time and love to get a real feel for them. Aesthetics are very important to me. If I don’t like the design, even over time it never stays regardless of how it wraps.
This was love at first sight! Such a subtle and beautiful pattern with a warm ivory and beige tone. The weave of the triangles is so intriguing. It’s one of my favourite things about the design and I like that both sides of the wrap are the same colour and pattern which means the interplay of triangles isn’t too fussy over all. The colour is so warm and perfect for crisp Autumn days and Winter snow. I took some comparison shots with WW Blossom. The colour was similar but without the touch of pink and more beige tones. It is simply stunning.
I had it out folded or in a pile when it wasn’t in use, to catch glimpses of it throughout the day and I watched how the kids interacted with it. My kids and I are very tactile people. My son particularly runs a mile from any clothing that doesn’t feel right for him. They both were taken with this wrap and wanted to drape themselves in it. WW merino as we know is unbelievably soft and doesn’t feel 'wooly' or itchy (unless you have a reaction to it). Don’t be afraid of wool, It has magical properties like being self cleaning, breathable and temperature regulating. The Wrap qualities and blends become extremely important especially as toddlers get heavier and they are up and down a lot. A small percentage of another fibre with the cotton can make the world of difference. WW often get both the design and the WQ's so right! I’ve always said you can’t go wrong with any of the blends because they all wrap so differently and so well. Everyone develops their tastes over time though, so if you love a neat weave with flat texture and if you love the American quilts broken in and the softness of WW Merino, This wrap is for you! It’s the perfect Autumn/ Winter wrap snuggly and oh so supportive. I carried my 18 month year old and tall 33 month year old very comfortably. I found it had a lovely diagonal stretch to it and seemed wide for WW (60cm STIH) certainly wider and more stretch than the other MSND fairies. It had a lovely balance of grip and glide and created a very satisfying knot! This would be a great shorty as it is solid and comfortable in single layer carries. I am the second host so it needs a lot more breaking in. It required some precise wrapping in its yet to be broken in state but my daughter was happy and comfortable, because she patiently let me wrap her without fuss and stayed up for longer than usual. I know once broken in it will be an entirely different creature. It already transformed in a few days and I can just imagine how floppy, mouldable and rock solid it will become.
These triangles will be missed. I would have loved to get to know them better. I am so excited to see what WWHQ has in store for us this Autumn/ Winter.
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