Saturday, March 30, 2013

Review/GIVEAWAY: Knitte Bittie Wool Longies (GIVEAWAY ENDED)

 Disclaimer:  I received this item free of charge for review purposes.  I was not compensated for this review in any other way.  This is an honest review full of my own opinions.  I apologize in advance for the pictures taken on my floor.  We are moving and most of our surfaces are full of moving-type things.

If you have never used wool before and/or would like to learn a little about it, you can check out my informative wool post by clicking here.


If you're looking for a pair of wool longies(or other wool item) that are customized for you and your baby, look for a WAHM.  You'll frequently find that work-at-home moms, women who run their own businesses and make their diapers themselves, will be happy to make you a custom item.  This is exactly what Michelle, the WAHM behind Knittie Bittie, did for me.



This pair of wool longies was hand-made for my daughter by Michelle.  She knit them herself, washed and lanolized them and sent them to me, ready to wear.  Because they are a custom item, I measured my baby's inseam, waist, and rise and sent the measurements off to Michelle.  She then made these longies using those measurements, though she mentioned she adds an inch or two so babies have room to grow.  An item made for your baby, even if the child is of the same age, may not be exactly the same size.  Though the measurements of your pair might be different to allow for a better fit for your baby, there are a few consistent features we can take a look at.


 This is the crotch of the longies.  I'm not exactly sure what you would call it, but it's a little extra piece knit into the crotch.  This is where the legs join the body.  I'm a big fan of this is little piece.  Instead of a sharp V-shaped crotch, it's a little flatter so there's more contact with the diaper underneath to keep wetness in. 


 This lime-green stripe here is the trim at the bottom of the leg, done with a seed-stitch.  I believe it's there just because it's cute.  My grandma loved it, she said they made Midge look like she was in little bell-bottom pants.



 The waist is a little smaller than the body of the pants, and also features a draw string for a perfect fit.  Because I had the pants made a little big for my daughter, the drawstring is extremely useful.  There are also a few short rows in the tush to allow for bulky cloth diapers, so the drawstring really helps the fit.

I like them a little long, to keep her toes warm.

I love the look of these pants.  I adore them.  They might be some of the cutest pants I have ever put on my baby and I'll be incredibly sad when she outgrows them.  But, no matter how cute they are, wool longies are useless (for their intended purpose, anyway) if they do not function correctly as a diaper cover.  I'm happy to say I did not encounter this probably with my Knitte Bittie longies.  My daughter has worn them several times, both during the day and overnight, and we haven't had any problems with leaking.  I'm pretty confident that as long as an adequately absorbing diaper is worn underneath and these are washed/lanolized correctly, there won't be any leaks around here.  At a price point between 48-58$, I won't pretend these are cheap.  For the quality, and keeping in mind that these are a hand-made item, they're worth the price.  Not to mention they can be used multiple times without washing and you may only need 3-4 in your child's current size if you plan to use them exclusively.

My longies appear to be well made overall.  I don't see any loose threads or sloppy knitting.  The 100% wool yarn used feels soft, and there's a good amount of stretch in the knitting.  For being a handmade item, everything seems to be fairly even and uniform.  I'm really pleased with my pair.  If you want to buy your own pair, you can visit Knittie Bittie's hyena cart store here or facebook page here.  She sometimes has in-stock items, or you can request your own custom item.  She makes some cute things, some of which she has taken pictures of and allowed me to list here for your viewing pleasure.


Look at that lovely mustache!  Who doesn't love mustaches?
 
 
 Those look like wool dryer balls, don't they?



Michelle has also been kind enough to offer up a free pair of CUSTOM longies(retail value between 48-58$) to one lucky Blogs from a Single Mom reader! 

Just enter here, in the Rafflecopter.  This giveaway is open to the US and Canada, ages 18+.  Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Blogs from a Single Mom is not responsible for the fulfillment of prizes.  Winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond, or another winner will be drawn.  Giveaway sponsored by Knittie Bittie.  I received a free product for review and was not compensated for this post in any other way.   I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own honest opinions.  Michelle of Knittie Bittie is an Evie Pants licensed knitter. 


7 comments:

  1. So excited to try wool! Fingers crossed!! :)

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  2. Absolutely beautiful. I can just imagine what it feels like! Thanks for making this open to Canadians.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo
    Finding Humour in Everyday Life
    journeysofthezoo at hotmail dot com

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  3. We're obsessed with wool but still don't have any longies. Would LOVE to win this!

    Brittany S

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    1. They're wonderful. Good luck! If you don't win, you can still purchase a pair through her Hyena Cart store, which I linked to in the review.

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  4. These are amazing, I'd love them for my toddler since we cloth diaper even during festival season!!

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