Salmon Run – A New Free Shawl Knitting Pattern for You!

Happy fall! We’ve been looking for a great fall project to knit, and today we’re delighted to share a free pattern with you!


The Salmon Run Shawl has been designed for us by Laura Cameron of The Corner of Knit & Tea. This 2-color crescent shawl is the perfect project and accessory for fall. Simple to knit, this shawl is worked entirely in garter stitch, with some simple short row shaping to create color wedges for interest. Knit in Manos del Uruguay’s Alma, a new fingering weight singles yarn, this shawl is not only striking, but squishy and cozy. We bet it will be a favourite all season long!


And the best part is that you can download your own copy of the pattern for free by signing up for our newsletter! (If you already receive our newsletter, you can still sign up and receive the free pattern.)

Once you’ve knit your new shawl, check out our new video on Basic Blocking for Knit & Crochet. This short video will take you through washing your project in Eucalan Delicate Wash, to blocking and pinning for the perfect finish every time. We hope you’ll enjoy it!

We can’t wait to see what you make! Be sure to tag us on Instagram with the #eucalan so we can see what you’re up to.

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Family Vacation Planning? The Secret to Stress-Free Travel

Short or long, vacations require a bit of planning to help ensure that they are as enjoyable as they can be. One of the biggest hassles when traveling is trying to remember everything you need to make your trip go as smoothly as possible.  And if you are traveling with kids, the complexity just multiplied – getting from point A to point B can be a lot more challenging with little ones in tow.

Last fall, we had a great guest post on the blog about traveling with kids on a two-week vacation to Europe, and we got a great response. Building on that blog post, we’ve put together a free downloadable pdf that has all sorts of great tips and tricks for traveling with kids, as well as lots of handy checklists. The checklists also have room for you to write down your own items, because while traveling with kids has a lot of similarities, every kid is different and might need a few extra things that only you know about – like their special blanket, or an extra battery pack for the tablet that they burn out every time they play games.

You can get this amazing pdf for free right here, just by signing up for our newsletter.  And if you aren’t traveling with kids this year but know someone who is, send them the link! They will thank you for it.  After all, who wouldn’t love to have packing checklists  geared to them and their family?

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Giveaway & Holiday Gift Guide: Yarn Lovers

Welcome back for another installment in our holiday gift guide series! We’d like to make your holiday shopping just a little bit easier by sharing some of our favourite products that are sure to delight the knitter or crocheter in your life. We also have three special prizes for our blog readers  – read on for more details!



Wrapture Fragrant Balm comes in a travel-friendly tin that’s perfect for stashing in your knitting bag. The jasmine-scented balm will keeps hard-working hands moisturized in the dry winter months!

Clover’s Amour Crochet Hook Gift Set features colorful, color-coded hooks in ten sizes packed neatly in an attractive zippered case.

Knitters will love the Clover Getaway Knitting Needle Gift Set, which includes 7 useful sizes of highly polished bamboo single point needles in a lovely fabric case that’s perfect for gifting.

The Eucalan Gift Pack includes 100mL bottles in each of our 5 scents, making it a great gift option for prolific crafters.

The Coco Knits Sweater Care Kit includes everything you need to block handmade sweaters with professional results and includes a 100mL bottle of Unscented Eucalan Delicate Wash.

The Sirka Row Counter allows you to keep track of more than one number, which is great for complex patterns which require concurrent sets of instructions such as increases or decreases.

An adorable needle gauge such as this Mitten Gauge from Retromantic Fripperies is a great stocking stuffer you know they’ll use.

Inspire them each day with a Knitting or Crochet page-a-day 2016 Calendar that’s jam packed with great patterns (US customers, shop here).

Holiday giveaway!

We’re pleased to offer these great prizes for 3 lucky blog readers this month!  Comment on this post telling us which of the below prizes you would most like to win:

Be sure to mention your Ravelry ID or email address so that we can get in touch with you to arrange for the delivery of your prize. We will randomly select our winners to announce on our next blog post this Friday, December 18. Good luck!

Please note: one entry per person, open only to US and Canadian residents.

Keeping Up with Eucalan

The lazy days of summer are anything but at Eucalan HQ! Right now, we’re preparing to head to New York City for CurveNY, the lingerie trade show! It’s taking place August 2-4, 2015 at the Javits Center in Manhattan, and we’ll be in booth #355 (click here to book an appointment with us ahead of time if you plan to attend). After that, we’ll be heading to Las Vegas for CurveNV at Magic, August 17-19, 2015 – look for Eucalan in booth #77329.

We’re looking forward to seeing what’s new for Spring and Summer 2016 from the top brands in lingerie, loungewear and more!

We’ve also been busy awarding prizes as part of our 25th Anniversary Giveaway extravaganza, which is happening now through September 30, 2015! There are still plenty of opportunities for you to win a prize (click here for details on our previous blog post); below are the latest winning photo submissions to inspire you!

By @hey_lady_hey, via Instagram

By @hey_lady_hey, via Instagram

One of the most recent #EucalanFan Giveaway winners!

Anne-Marie N., via Facebook

One of the most recent #EucalanFan contest winners!

By @knitfree, via Instagram

Remember to post your photo using the #EucalanFan hashtag so that you can be entered in our prize drawing!


25th Anniversary Giveaways

To celebrate our 25th Anniversary, we’re giving the gift of Eucalan to YOU! We know we wouldn’t be celebrating this milestone if it weren’t for our fans, and so we’ll be randomly selecting prize winners now through September 30, 2015 to win 1 of 25 Getaway Gang sets.

getaway_gang GIVEAWAY

To be eligible, simply post a photo of your Eucalan in action using the hashtag #EucalanFan. You can post your entry on any social media channel and enter as many times as you want – we encourage you to get creative! As long as you have used #EucalanFan in your post, we will be able to find your photo and enter it into our prize drawing.


We will randomly announce winners throughout the duration of this contest (July 7-Sept. 30, 2015) – plus, we’ll tag the account you used for your entry so that you can let us know where to ship your prize! Please note, this contest is open to US and Canada only.

Thanks for 25 fabulous years!



See you at Curve + Facebook Giveaway

We're gearing up for two exciting events next month, CurveNY and CurveNV! Be sure to drop by the Eucalan booth to see our hot new product for fall – you're going to love it! 

We're also giving away a year's supply of Eucalan on our Facebook fan page – that's FIVE 16.9 oz. bottles in each of our scent selections: Wrapture (jasmine), Eucalyptus,Lavender, Grapefruit and Unscented! 

Click here to enter our Facebook giveaway!

Be sure to spread the word and tell your friends, we'll be randomly selecting one lucky winner to announce on Friday, August 2! Good luck! 


Wrapture Winners!

Wrapture_Crest1Spring is just around the corner (we hope!), and our newest jasmine scent Wrapture is a great way to give it a warm welcome, don't you think? Three of our readers will get to test out our theory: Jessica A., Sharon P. and Jeane C. have all won 100mL bottles of Wrapture in this month's Pin & Win contest! We will contact each winner to arrange delivery of their prize.

We're always interested to hear how our fans are using Eucalan. Judging from our pool of contest entries, the top 5 Eucalan uses among our blog readers are: 

Click on each image above to view tutorials!

The five laundry lessons below also receive honourable mention; a few savvy readers pinned these tutorials, all of which are great ways to save money by washing dry clean only and other special-care items with Eucalan. Click on the images below to find out more! 

Happy Spring!

Pin & Win with Eucalan!

There are plenty of ways to use Eucalan's no-rinse formula to wash just about everything you can think of, such as lingerie, winter woolens, baby items, and more! If you have a laundry conundrum, we have several quick and easy tutorials on our website to make laundry day a breeze – click here to view them all! 


Wrapture_Crest1Now for the best part: we'll be randomly selecting 3 lucky people to win a 100mL bottle of our new jasmine scent, Wrapture! To be eligible, follow these two simple steps: 

1. Pin your favourite tutorial from this page onto any of your own Pinterest boards. 

2. Leave a comment on this blog post sharing a link to your pin and an email address or Ravelry ID so that we can contact you if you win. 

That's all you have to do! We'll randomly pick our winners on Friday, March 29th from the comments on this post using a Random Number Generator. Good luck! 

Re-Imagine History the Fun & Crafty Way

DeepseamermaidWe're proud to sponsor a unique contest hosted by Colleen Babcock of The Magic Bean blog and The Doll Street DreamersThe Re-Imagine History Challenge is your chance to win great prizes while flexing your creative muscles. Entrants are challenged to reinvent a historical era to completely reinvent the past – or even the future!

You may recall Colleen's adorable free tutorial on how to turn a Eucalan bottle into a doll which we shared with you last year. She's done it again with her latest tutorial which shows you how to make an adorable lightning bug night light using an empty bottle of Eucalan (shown below).  Colleen also has several patterns for sale on Craftsy and Etsy in addition to her free tutorials on her blog.  If you need a little inspiration for your contest entry (such as Colleen's Fathoms, A Deep Sea Mermaid Cloth Doll shown at right), be sure to pay a visit to The Magic Bean

The Re-Imagine History Challenge combines dollmaking with historical costuming elements and a dash of ingenuity to truly think outside the box.  There are several categories for experienced dollmakers and newbies alike: 

  • Fairfield's Best Overall Doll made by a Beginner
  • Most Imaginative Concept - This prize is to be judged on concept only, not the execution of the doll, so imagination counts here, not experience!
  • Best Use of Historical Costume Elements by a Doll Street Member
  • Best Overall Doll 

There are tons of great prizes that have been donated by Eucalan, Fairfield, Colleen Babcock, Doll Street, and Studio Galli. Your entry can be an original design or from a pattern, so long as you credit the original designer; for full contest rules, click here.  Entries are due on June 15th – good luck! 


Winner + Teddy Bear Care with Eucalan

Thanks to everyone who entered our blog giveaway this month.  We're thrilled to know so many folks are interested in exploring Eucalan's many uses for baby care and beyond!  Here are our lucky winners:

Please e-mail with your shipping information so we can get your prizes out as soon as possible! Stay tuned for more giveaways next month; we'll keep you up-to-date on Facebook, Ravelry and Twitter!

Here are some of our favourite baby care tips from our fans:

"My favorite baby tip is to take baby socks (before you clean them) and pin them together using a safety pin. That way you don't lose a sock." -Liz

"Best baby tip…just go with the flow and expect the unexpected. Plus keep wipes and diapers in your purse, car, and every level of your home, because new baby explosions don't wait for anything!" -Angie S.

"My favorite baby tip is do something nice for yourself while your baby is napping. Don't spend that precious time folding laundry cause laundry can wait. Take care of yourself instead and read, nap, watch a show." -Estella

"I've used Eucalan to spot clean my kids' wool rug. Love it for all their knits and soakers too – will try it next time we need a stuffed animal cleaned." -Rammy

"For the older baby or young toddler, I suggest a pack of Post It notes for desperation airplane or road trip entertainment. Easy to clean up. Love the scent of Eucalan. Thanks for the giveaway!" -DKW

"I use Eucalan on my baby items so they are not faded from normal detergents." -Victoria B.

"My favourite baby care tip is to give babywearing a good try – for many people (not everyone!) it's a great way to keep baby close and pick up on hungry cues before the baby cries! 🙂 I've been using Eucalan for several years now on our woolies. Love the stuff!" -Juliette

We'd like to share yet another use for Eucalan when caring for your little one: washing a teddy bear! Invariably, your child's favorite friends will need a bath – and Eucalan is the perfect way to gently clean and care for stuffed animals of every persuasion! Click here to view more helpful tutorials on the Eucalan YouTube Channel.