Love Birds Lavender

There are birds which migrate and then, there are birds which do not migrate. Of course, this makes perfect sense, but in the world that I had created in my mind, and which is quite often wrong, all birds migrate. This just seems how Nature should work. 

You can imagine my surprise last winter, as I jogged along the causeway in Essex, to spy a flock of random geese foraging in the long dead and brittle grasses of the salt marsh. That winter had been unusually warm, so I suppose the geese had yet to feel any compulsion to leave, but it struck me as peculiar. Everything else in the marsh had prepared for winter: the grasses had died, the mosquitos and green heads had long since vanished, the fragrant sea roses of the summer had pulled down into the ground preparing for the winter cold and yet, there were these geese murmuring softly through the waters, completely oblivious to the fact that it was winter. I had one of those rare moments of quiet. No children knocking on the bathroom door, no little voices asking why I was taking so long, nobody declaring they hated the dinner I had made and could they have yogurt instead, not that I have anything against yogurt, but I am baffled as to how a 5 year old manages to thrive on yogurt, toast and oatmeal.  Nobody tugging at the sleeve of my shirt. No spilled milk to mop up. Just perfect stillness. 

I later asked Erin about the geese and she casually mentioned that they were Canada geese and that they had migrated to the marsh at some point and well, just decided to make their home there. I asked if they ever migrated and she thought about it for a bit and then told me that they had just appeared one day and then never left. 

I realize that Canada Geese are typically considered a pest; they can be loud, aggressive and territorial. The Canada Geese near my home in California will attack you if they smell even the slightest hint of food on you, but I have a soft spot in my heart for birds, particularly those birds who are considered lowly and mundane (I’m looking at you, pigeons. Seriously. Pigeons: The Fascinating Saga of the World’s Most Revered and Reviled Bird is a must read). To be fair, the geese don’t pose as much as a problem in Essex. They stick to the marsh and leave the humans alone and the humans leave them to their own devices. I know that not everyone cares for Canada Geese and rightly so, but I admired their quiet determination in the salt marsh. 

It was that very winter that Erin and I decided to re-imagine our Love Birds in a warm, cuddly alpaca. I would like to say that the idea was entirely our own, but we really must give some credit to those geese. Not everyone loves Love Birds, but they are special to us and in many ways are our namesake wrap. It is the one wrap that truly combines the best of Oriole and Pavo and because of that, Love Birds is dear to us. Love Birds Lavender is woven with our signature ivory, extra long staple Egyptian cotton warp with a rich, lavender alpaca fill. The lavender isn't just any old, boring lavender: it's a beautiful blending of magenta, sky blue and warm lavender alpaca threads. It gives our Love Birds Lavender a unique richness and luster  Our alpaca is exceptionally fine, soft, cuddly, and has a natural sheen to it. It is quite warm, yet lightweight and its hypoallergenic properties make it a good choice for those who have wool allergies. 

Care:

Alpaca has a reputation as being a more time intensive fiber in regards to care. I suppose that’s true to a certain extent and care can look daunting at first, but all our alpaca needs is a a gentle swish in the bathtub or sink with a bit of your favorite woolie wash. Rinse until there are no more bubbles and gently roll up your alpaca to remove excess water. After doing this, I prefer to lay out a large beach towel and lay my wet wrap on that and roll up the towel with the wrap inside to soak up as much water as possible. I then hang to air dry, making sure the wrap is supported throughout its length. You will find that after a bath, our alpaca fluffs up and becomes quite soft. 

Fiber

66% Egyptian Cotton 

34% Fine Alpaca

Wrapping Qualities

Love Birds Lavender has a gorgeous, thick fluid drape in hand. It provides a soft cushiness on the shoulders while providing solid support for those wrapping toddlers. Although Love Birds Lavender is an alpaca blend, it still provides good stretch and rebound, much like our cotton Love Birds. It will most certainly keep you and your little one warm while trekking out on snow days or in gloomy winter weather.

Release

Monday, December 12th at 17:00 EST 

Have a Golden Ticket you would like to use? Fill out the Golden Ticket Request Form here. 

Pricing

Size 2: 400 

Size 3: 420

Size 4: 440

Size 5: 460

Size 6: 480

Size 7: 520

Size 8: 550

Size 9: 570

My thanks to Tracy and Brianna who offered us their insight into Love Birds Lavender and to Dana and Natasha who offered editorial input. You ladies are the best!  

I know a lot of people don't care for the birds. We've been told their eyes are creepy. Their feet too sharp. Their beaks poised to bite someone's finger off. I still love them. Lets be real. Birds can be assholes sometimes. Ever tried eating food at the beach? I rest my case. But a considerable amount of time was spent reconfiguring the eye, the beak and the feet. I feel we have a softer, more contemplative Love Bird, which seems fitting for this time of year.  I know we might not always acknowledge it when you make suggestions, but we really do listen to you! 

I know a lot of people don't care for the birds. We've been told their eyes are creepy. Their feet too sharp. Their beaks poised to bite someone's finger off. I still love them. Lets be real. Birds can be assholes sometimes. Ever tried eating food at the beach? I rest my case. But a considerable amount of time was spent reconfiguring the eye, the beak and the feet. I feel we have a softer, more contemplative Love Bird, which seems fitting for this time of year.  I know we might not always acknowledge it when you make suggestions, but we really do listen to you! 

                  Just look at that gorgeous melange of magenta, sky blue and lavender alpaca threads!

                  Just look at that gorgeous melange of magenta, sky blue and lavender alpaca threads!

Subscription Box Spring 2016

We hit upon the the final wraps for the Spring 2016 ‘Script Box while out on a run. It was November and sunrise was early enough that we could still hit the asphalt and enjoy a run before we headed into 166. It was on our way back that we finally reached consensus the perfect wraps for the box. I remember it so well because we had just passed the Peace Barn after our longest run to date (ten miles!). I was tired and had a leg cramp. Erinea was advocating hard for Phases of the Moon, going on an on about our cycles and the tides, and I just wanted to take a shower and head into work. I realized I was being ridiculous about Phases of the Moon. Why not do it? Why not take the risk? Why was I fighting so hard against it?  And we both said Sparkleberry at the exact same time. Magic, I tell you! 

We had planned to release the first wrap for the Spring Subscription box in the first week of January 2016 and had planned to call it the Winter 2016. Obviously, that didn’t happen because we could not decide which wraps would be part of the subscription box. We went back and forth over this for weeks with no resolution. 

Erinea wanted to have Phases of the Moon (alpaca/silk blend) in the box, but I was reluctant to make it part of the subscription service. I wanted an alpaca Love Birds, but Erinea nixed that idea as we had not done any sampling and had no idea how the alpaca would perform in Love Birds. 

Did we want to do an all wool or alpaca subscription box? Would it be too cost prohibitive? What about those wrappers who did not do well with wool or did not care for wool? Should we run concurrent subscription boxes? One that was all wool and another that was cotton?  We do cotton so well; we both agreed that the subscription box should have at least one cotton wrap and while we were in agreement about this, we could not agree on a wrap. 

So without further ado, we would like to introduce the Winter 2016 Subscription Box.

Phases of the Moon Sea Smoke (67% cotton, 26% Alpaca, 7% Silk)

Miel Indigo (88% Cotton/12% Wool)

Sparkleberry Noir (100% Cotton)

Now on to the more mundane details:

These wraps will be exclusive to the Pavo Guild Subscription and will not listed online independently of the 'Script. 

How do you become a subscriber? 

Pavo Guild Subscription Box will be available on March 2, 2016 at 14:00 EST 

We will have a limited number of subscriptions available. 

Subscriptions will be available in three month commitments and payment will be made in full when committing to the initial  purchase of the three month Pavo Guild Subscription.

Please note that we cannot change shipping addresses and all wraps will ship to the designated shipping address on the order.  We will under no circumstances split the 'script box to multiple addresses.

Subscriptions will be based on size and priced accordingly:

Size 3: $960

Size 4: $1020

Size 5: $1080

Size 6: $1140

Size 7: $1200

Please note that the prices stated above are subject to change and do not include relevant state tax, customs fees, and associated shipping and handling costs.

Wraps will ship on or around the following dates:

Miel Indigo: 3 March, 2016 

Phases of the Moon Sea Smoke: 4 April, 2016

Sparkleberry Noir: 2 May, 2016