Last Minute Handmade Gifts – Knit & Crochet Pattern Inspiration

Christmas is just over a month away and we’re betting you haven’t finished your shopping list! If you’re looking for some last minute crafting inspiration, we’ve pulled together some of our favourite knit and crochet patterns to create gorgeous handmade gifts from the heart. From hats to cowls to fun seasonal patterns, there’s sure to be something for every crafter (and don’t forget to block all those beautiful projects in Eucalan Delicate Wash before you gift them)!

Hats

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Designer Amy Miller has released several new hat patterns, but It’s Electric is, well… electric! Grab a beautiful skein of yarn and a fluffy pom pom and you’ll have a gift in just a few hours. If it’s cables your heart loves, try the Kalaloch Cable Beanie by Alexander Hawker. Have lots of leftovers in the stash? Check out the wonderfully stripey Party of Five Hat by Jill Zielinski and get stash-busting! Looking for a super quick knit? DK weight yarn is held doubled in the Ale 2.0 Hat by Jodi Brown. If you’re a crocheter, grab some super bulky yarn and whip up an Autumn Slouch Beanie & Cowl by Phanessa Fong or a Braided Cabled Slouchy Beanie by Stephanie Jessica Lau!

Cowls

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Cowls are also great quick knits and last minute gifts! Grab two contrasting skeins of yarn and whip up a Soundtrack Cowl by Elizabeth Smith. Or, if you have a bit more time and a few luscious skeins of yarn, knit the double-layered The Snuggle is Real by Maxim Cyr. Use up those gorgeous bulky yarns for the Sunrise Cowl by Woolly Bear Knits and you’ll be surprised how quickly you’re done! Or pull out that special skein of DK you’ve been saving and knit up a beautiful Every Bit Cowl by Stephanie Lotven. In the mood for a quick crochet project? Check out the lacy Mimic Cowl by Polly Plum. Or grab a bunch of bulky skeins and let your hooks fly with the Crochet Icicle Cowl by Sarah Korth!

Fun Seasonal Patterns

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Are you looking to craft something fun for the season? We love Needled by Hunter Hammersen – don’t you need a whole flock of trees? Add some fun and whimsy to your holiday with Gnome Pun Intended by Sarah Schira (or her countless other gnome patterns)! We love Susan B. Anderson’s collections and her Holiday Charm Set is no exception. Or make sure all your elves have new socks with Jingle All the Way by Jolijn Copier Designs! If you’re looking for ornaments, we love the Snow Globe Ornaments by Sarah Zimmerman. Or check out the adorable Holiday Deer by Spin a Yarn Crochet!

Stocking Stuffers

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If you’re looking for a last minute gift that will be an unexpected treat we’ve found these fun ideas for you! Warm up someone’s morning brew with this cute Fox Cup Cozy by Alexandra Davidoff. Add a handmade touch to any room with Yoke O’Clock by Stephanie Earp (she has clock making kits available so all you have to do is knit!). Keep your loved ones warm on chilly days with a water bottle and handmade Hot Water Bottle Cover by Emily Bolduan. Or spoil someone special with some handmade soap and the Silver Mist Bath Set by Romi Hill. Keep everyone’s ears warm with the Double Threat Ear Warmer by Crazy4CrochetMama or make their home cozier with these gorgeous Citrus Coasters by Dona Knits.

We hope we’ve given you a few crafty ideas for some last minute gift -giving! And, if you’re looking for an extra stocking stuffer, add a small bottle of Eucalan to your gift so the recipient will be able to keep their new gift looking great and smelling amazing!

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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!

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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!

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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.)

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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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Fall Crafting Inspiration with Eucalan

Can you believe that summer is almost over? The kids are heading back to school and fall is just around the corner. If you’re feeling the urge to craft, check out today’s roundup of our favourite new knit and crochet patterns for fall to inspire your next project!

Sweaters

The start of fall always makes us want to knit beautiful sweaters and there’s no shortage of new patterns there! If you love gorgeous fall cables check out River Jumper by Jennifer Wood or Mrs. Grimmet’s Weskit by Carol Sunday. If it’s texture you’re after, try Gridlines by Susanne Sommer or the new Eno Pullover by Kirsten Kapur. If you want a bit of colourwork, check out the Yésica Fair Isle Pullover by Paula Pereira. If you want to mix your colourwork and your texture, Stonecrop Cardi by Andrea Mowry (also available as a pullover) is perfect for that! If you’re in need of that perfect neutral cardigan to wear all fall long, try Potomac by Devin Ventre. For our crocheters, we love the Olive Cardigan by Emily Truman and the understated elegance of Leaves Cascade by Ana D.

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Shawls

Fall always makes us want to wrap up in wool. There’s no better way to do that than to knit a warm, cozy shawl. If you’re looking for big chunky cables then Under the Oak by Jennifer Weissman looks so cozy! If lace is your jam then check out Autumn Rain Shawl by Susanna IC or Catch My Fall by Melanie Berg. If you’re in the mood for simple garter stitch with just a touch of lace, try Tsukimi by Angela Tong or Intermission Wrap by Veronica Parsons. On the other hand, if it’s fun and funky shapes you’re after try Hole Lotta Love by Emelie Björnkvist. Or tackle brioche with the Flying Foxtail Shawl by Stephen West. If you’ve got crochet on the brain then check out Succulent by Michele DuNaier or the Dragon County Shawl by Michele Costa!

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Winter Woollies

Fall is gorgeous with changing leaves and cooler days, but winter is coming! And when it does, make sure you’re ready with some gorgeous winter woolies. For a cabled hat, check out the Herrington Hat by Jodi Brown. Or take your brioche to the next level with Incidence by Hunter Hammersen. If you want to try colourwork, check out the August Hat by Sarah Solomon (and Kelbourne Woolens’s Year of Hats free patterns to try other techniques!) If your heart is set on  matching accessories try the Carneau Hat & Mittens by Amy Christoffers. Add some COLOUR to your dreary winter days with these cozy Bellevue Mittens by Knox Mountain Knit Co. Or again, try your hand at colourwork with the Evening Frost Mitts by Angela Tong. Keep your neck warm with this gorgeous cowl, Renly by Marina Lariz. Or grab your hooks and some bulky yarns and try the Berry Hat by Bobbi Intveld or the Unique Mosaic (Scarf) by the WoolAddicts Design Team!
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We hope you feel inspired to start crafting for fall and winter. And don’t forget to finish those gorgeous new projects with a bath in Eucalan and a proper blocking!

We can’t wait to see what you make! Tag us on Instagram with the hashtag #eucalan to share your projects with us.

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Celebrate #BRAugust with Eucalan

It’s August and that means it’s time for BRAugust. If you don’t know what we’re talking about, read on for a little history and some inspiration and resources on how you can celebrate BRAugust, too!

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Origins

BRAugust was originally the brainchild of Becca McLellan, director of the Why Not Youth Centre in Brantford, Ontario. Becca founded the BRAugust initiative in 2015 after disadvantaged women kept asking her if the centre had any bras available. For many women, finding a bra that fits can be a challenge, but for homeless women, simply finding a bra can be difficult. So Becca asked women in the community to donate their gently used bras, and in the first year she collected almost 2,000!

In honour of Becca’s initiative, all of us at Eucalan go through our closets each year to find bras that are still in great condition, but don’t get worn often. If you’re interested in participating, collect any gently used bras and use our tips to launder them in Eucalan.

Then check out Free The Girls, a 501(c)(3) organization that collects donations of gently used and new bras, and then distributes them to women who have been victims of human trafficking around the world. These bras are sold by the women, providing income to support their families, educate their children, and create the foundation for a new life of dignity and self-determination. Donations are accepted by mail, or you can drop them off at locations throughout the US and Canada!

Crafting

In recent years, many crafters have adopted the #braugust hashtag and used it to spur creative making of bras and undergarments during August. While this primarily occurs in the world of sewing, there are also some fun patterns for knitters and crocheters available. We’ve collected a few resources from both the knitting and sewing world for you here today.

If you’re a knitter, there are a ton of fun patterns to knit your own bras or lingerie. The runaway favourite these days is the Ripple Bralette by Jessie Maed Designs. This pattern offers generous sizing from a 28” to a 62” bust and takes only 1-2 skeins of fingering weight yarn to complete! We also love the Girly Knits Bra Top by Lauren Riker – along with the matching shorts, this could be the perfect summer pajama set! For our crocheters we love the Three Flowers Crop Top by Nomad Stitches and the Summer Bra Top with Fabric by Fatima.

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If you follow the hashtag #braugust or #braugust2019 on Instagram, you’re going to see some beautiful items. Bra maker and sewist Ying of the Tailor Made blog sponsors the #braugust2019 Photo a Day Challenge encouraging sewists to share their makes. If you’re looking for a way to get started making your own bras, we like “The Bra Dilemma Solved” from Threads magazine for getting your ducks in a row. We also found that there are several classes on Bluprint that are a great introduction to bra-making. For inspiration, tips and tricks we love the Orange Lingerie blog, especially the roundups she has done in past years for #braugust. She also has a great list of resources for purchasing supplies and kits!

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We hope this article has given you some inspiration and resources to celebrate #BRAugust! If you decide to participate, we’d love to see what you make!

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Kids Summer Crafts

Summer is here and long, lazy days are ahead. Of course that means the kids are out of school and you’re probably in need of some summer inspiration. Today we’ve pulled together our favourite ideas for summer crafting projects suitable for the whole family! We also have a Pinterest board chock full of ideas for Kids Summer Crafts.

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String ‘n Things

Of course our favourite crafts are those that involve yarn! We’re smitten with this Sugar Bee Crafts tutorial on Heart String Art. Or check out these Easy DIY Macrame Friendship Bracelets from Crafts Unleashed. If you’re happiest at your sewing machine, we love this Beach Towel Backpack tutorial by Craftaholics Anonymous.

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Paper Crafts and More

If you’ve got a stash full of paper, we’ve got some gorgeous crafts for you. Encourage everyone to head outside after you make these Quick ‘N Easy Giant Paper Pinwheels from KidsActivities.com. Or bring a bit of the outdoors inside with these paper plate Collage Suncatchers from Hands on as We Grow. And we can’t stop dreaming about these Rainbow Paper Dahlia Flowers created by Craftaholics Anonymous!

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Painting the Town Red

Paint projects are fun for everyone – take them outdoors on the lawn (and into the sunshine) to make cleaning up easy! Add some whimsy to your garden with these Ladybug Painted Rocks from Crafts by Amanda. Learn How to Paint with Bubbles with this tutorial from Living Well Mom. Or use items from around the house to paint towels, totes and more, using tips from this DIY Colorful Citrus Painted Tea Towels tutorial from Making Home Base.

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For the Littlest Scientist

If you’re looking to combine arts and sciences, we’ve got a few fun projects for you! Everyone loves slime, but did you know it’s possible to make it magnetic? Check out How to Make Magnetic Slime by Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls. Head out to the water and discover what floats with this Cork Boat Races tutorial from No Biggie. Or add a little fizz and colour to your day with this Baking Soda and Vinegar Experiment from Happy Hooligans.

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We hope we’ve given you a few ideas for summer craft projects to entertain your “campers” in the long days ahead!

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Spring & Summer Crafting Inspiration

The weather is (finally) warming up! There are so many new knit and crochet patterns for spring and summer that you won’t want to pack away your needles and hooks for the season. Here, we share a few of our favourites to inspire your next project!

Tops and Tees

Spring and summer months are the perfect time to make lighter tops and tees in cottons and linens. These projects are more portable than bulky sweaters, and perfect to wear on warm summer days. Practice your crochet skills with Water Clover by Isa Catepillán, a runaway hit from the Spring 2019 issue of Pom Pom Quarterly. Or learn a new skill, Tunisian Crochet, with the Tunisian Drop Top by Stephanie Piper. Savour the hot sun with the Desert Tunic by Carrie Bostick Hoge or the Asymmetrical Tank by Norah Gaughan. Or just relax with some simple tees like Daybreak Tee by Destiny Meyer or Malaquite Tee by Amy Gunderson.

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Sweaters & Cover-Ups

Even when the temperatures are soaring outside you may need a sweater to fend off the chill of air conditioning indoors. Or you can whip up a coverup for lounging in style near the pool or on the beach! We love Opportune by Emily Ringelman as a simple knit cover-up. The Cropped Eyelet Pullover by Laura Zukaite adds a bit of sass to any outfit. The Olive Leaf Pullover by Ririko is the perfect ¾ sleeve top for warmer days, and Belmonte by Filipa Carneiro is a sweet cardigan that works with any outfit. For our crocheters, we found this fabulous Crocheted Coverup by Cristina Mershon in the newest issue of Vogue, and the Coffee Cup Pullover by Lee Sartori.

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Shawls and Scarves

Whether you’re looking for a show-stopping piece to add to your wardrobe, a light shawl to throw over your shoulders or the perfect accessory to accent summer outfits, we’ve found some hot new shawls for you! We can’t get over the stunning Wingspan by Kyle Vey! Tasha by Kirstin Omdahl adds a touch of lace to your spring and summer knits, and Eclecticity by Cheryl Faust adds luscious texture. The Desert Sunset Shawl by Amy Christoffers could be a great stashbuster and a fun way to add colour to your day, and the Jewel Wrap by Carmen Heffernan does the same with crochet. If you’re looking for a delicate piece for evening wear, we love From the Ashes by Rachy Newin.

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If you choose to knit or crochet one of the lacier patterns above, check out our tips on How to Wet Block Lace with Eucalan.

Socks

Socks are the perfect summer project because they’re small and portable and usually only require one ball of yarn at a time. If lace is what you’re after, we love the new Composition Socks by Mone Dräger. For a bit more texture, check out the Carmanah Toe-Up Socks by Catherine Knuttson. Stitch a pair of delicate summer socks with some pretty pink yarn and settle into the Summer Blooms Socks by Thistle Glen Designs or XO Socks by Leeni Hoi. If you’re up for some colourwork fun, check out the Avo Toast Socks by SpillyJane in the newest issue of Interweave Knits! And if you’re looking for an easy “vanilla” sock to make, spice it up with some self-striping sock yarn and grab your free copy of Trusty Toe Up Socks by Tanis Lavalee.

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We hope we’ve given you some inspiration to keep crafting this spring and summer. With any of the projects above – don’t forget to block! Wet blocking with a bit of Eucalan smooths out all the lumps and bumps and gives you a clean, fresh garment that smells great. We’ve got you covered!

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Think Spring: Crafting and Celebrations!

This week, we celebrated the Spring Equinox, also known as the official start to spring. Even if it might not feel that way just yet, now is the perfect time to start thinking about fun spring activities and Easter crafts. Did you know that we have a Pinterest board full of spring and Easter ideas?

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No celebration would be complete without some colourful Easter eggs! If you want to up your decorating game, check out How to Make Natural Easter Egg Dyes from Ingredients in Your Kitchen. If you don’t want to mess with dyes, check out this great Sharpie Easter Egg Decorating Idea. And if you’re up for something completely different, how cute are these Unicorn DIY Eggs?

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Sweet Treats

Whether you’re craving cute sweets or springy treats, we’ve got some great recipes for you to try. Add some flower power to your spring with these salty and sweet Spring Flower Pretzel Bites. Or try these adorably sweet Sparkly Surprise Carrot Cupcakes – ice cream cones give the carrots their shape and hold a cupcake within. And nothing says spring like fresh citrus – this Lemon Ricotta Cake with Almond Glaze makes our mouth water!

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Hop to it!

The animal of the season is definitely the bunny! We found these adorable bunny crafts that would be fun for you (and the kids!).

With some scrapbook paper and spare yarn, you can create this springy Pom Pom Bunny Tail Easter Garland in a Few Steps! Nothing says spring like fresh plants and flowers. With just a few crafty materials you can make these adorable Tin Can Bunny Planters and add some fresh flowers to brighten up any room. And if you’ve got some single socks without mates, check out these cute No Sew Sock Bunnies!

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Spring Ahead

Bring a breath of spring indoors with a touch of flowers! We love this this DIY Spring Planter Box, but if your flowers aren’t blooming yet, try these Pretty Peonies Made of Cupcake Wrappers. Or, add the smell of spring to your home with these 7 Amazing DIY Scents!

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Crafting and Caring for Baby Wraps with Eucalan

Although the practice has been around for ages, we have seen a resurgence of babywearing in recent years. Babywearing is the practice of carrying your infant or toddler on your body using a carrier or wrap.

From Babywearing International: [Babywearing] is a traditional practice in many cultures that is not widely used by modern industrialized societies, but it nonetheless has many benefits for both children and caregivers. Babywearing promotes bonding, supports breastfeeding, can help combat postpartum depression, makes caregiving easier, and can be a lifesaver for parents of high-needs children. Carried babies sleep, feed, and grow better. One study found that carried 6-week-olds cried 43% less than other children.

Recently we have seen an interest in hand-making woven or dyed wraps. Whether you purchase or craft your own wrap, keeping it clean and fresh is where Eucalan can help!

Caring for Baby Wraps

Eucalan is gentle enough to use on baby items, and it’s especially great for washing nursing bras, diaper covers, and other baby items, including baby wraps. When considering scents, Eucalan Natural (unscented) and Lavender are great choices for baby things. Not only are both gentle on their delicate skin, but the fragrance of lavender oil promotes relaxation and is very gentle in the Eucalan formula.

To wash your baby wrap we suggest the following steps:

Step 1: Fill your sink or a bowl with cool water and add one capful or one pod of Eucalan in the scent of your choice.

Step 2: Add your baby wrap to the sink or bowl, and let sit for about ten minutes, lightly agitating the water.

Step 3: Drain the water (no need to rinse with our no-rinse formula!) and gently squeeze out extra moisture. Roll the wrap in a towel, and then lay flat to dry away from heat or direct sunlight (which could cause shrinking or discolouration).

Crafting Your Own Baby Wraps

If you are a crafter who’s been contemplating making your own baby wrap, we’ve got some great ideas for you on our Oh Baby! Pinterest board.

For handweavers, there are tons of projects that would make beautiful woven baby wraps. We particularly like How to Weave a Baby Wrap. This comprehensive post covers everything you’ll need to get started as well as some tips and tricks the author uses when weaving. If you’re a weaver and looking for more project ideas Interweave Knits has an ebook: Handwoven Presents: Baby Wrap Ebook.

If you’re itching making your own baby wraps, but don’t have a weaving loom, there are many other crafty ideas for creating baby wraps. We love this post from Mommy and Love, Sew & Hand-dye Your Own Woven Baby Wrap for Cheap. She covers how to select fabric, sew it into a wrap, and then how to dye that fabric to create wonderful colours you’ll love. The No Sew DIY Moby Wrap Carrier over at Rookiemoms is a bit of a misnomer, but only requires a machine for hemming edges!


We hope you enjoy these tips on how to create and care for baby wraps!

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3 Crafty Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is next week and if you’re still scrambling for sweet ways to celebrate the day, we’ve got a Pinterest board full of great ideas! If you’re short on time, here are a few of our favourites to inspire you:

Paper Crafts

Are you scrambling at the last minute to make cards for your child’s class, or perhaps need a card with just the right sentiment for someone special in your life?

These adorable Penguins by Housing a Forest are perfect for kids, just grab some construction paper and clear your afternoon to assemble! For party invites or a special card for your sweetie, we love these Hand Hold Heart Pop Up Valentine’s from The House that Lars Built. If you’re feeling adventurous, check out these crazy cool cards with clip-art and pop up templates (via Martha Stewart).

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Don’t forget the decorations! We adore this Valentine’s Day Heart Cards Garland by Happiness is Homemade.

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Say it with Sweets

Nothing says love better than making delicious sweets for your sweetie! These Valentine’s Marshmallow Pops from Glorious Treats look mouthwatering. If you’re baking with little ones, try these Heart Shaped Peanut Butter Cookies from The Semisweet Sisters – no rolling pin or cookie cutters required! Short on time? Check out these Conversation Heart Pretzel Bites by Two Sisters – a quick zap in the microwave and you’re ready to roll. Add a cute touch to prepackaged candy with these adorable Hershey’s Kisses Mice by Practically Functional.

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Yarn Love

It’s not too late to whip up something crafty for yourself or someone special, even if you don’t knit or crochet! Here’s a simple idea virtually anyone can do: pick up a few letters at your local craft store and cover them in yarn (use a hot glue gun to secure the ends!). If you crochet, grab your hook and get going on this Valentine’s Day Mug Cozy by Rebecca Langford, warming your sweetie’s heart and his or her mug. If you have time and knitting needles, whip up a few Valentine’s Pouches from Lion Brand to hold sweets, treats and lovely cards. And if your love transcends the zombie apocalypse, try your hand at Voodoo You Love Me? By Susan Claudino.

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We hope you feel inspired to craft a few sweet treats for Valentine’s Day. From all of us at Eucalan to all of you, we wish you a day of love and fun!

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Spoil Yourself January: Top Tips for Self Care

The holiday rush is over, the New Year has started and winter is here to stay. This month we’re taking a look at self-care and how to spoil ourselves with a few moments of peace, quiet and comfort. Get inspired to find a few wonderful moments for yourself this January with the ideas below!

Making Time for You

Even if you’ve got a million things to do, making time to refresh and revitalize is important. We have a Pinterest board full of great ideas for self-care that will fit into virtually any schedule. From making bath bombs in K cups (or purchasing and using them), to doing a short digital detox, to just drinking more water, we’ve got tons of ideas on how you can relax and refresh this month.

Meditation and Craft

Many people find knitting or crocheting soothing and meditative, a time to rhythmically make stitches and forget about the stresses of the day. There are plenty of beginner-friendly projects to make and use to pamper yourself (if you’re brand-new to crafting, check out VeryPink’s videos on basic knitting techniques, if you’re itching to crochet we love this post on Craftsy/Bluprint).

We love handknit (or crocheted) washcloths paired with yummy artisanal soaps for a luxurious end of the day routine – try Water Lily by Sybil R, Bodhi Leaf Washcloth by Julia Farwell-Clay, or the Jazz Age Washcloth by Jenny Catchings to get you started!


Getting Hygge With It

Hygge is a Danish concept that generally means a comfortableness or coziness with feelings of contentment and well being. Practically speaking, the Danes add things like candlelight, plush pillows and throws, and good books to their cozy home life in the winter months when days are short and nights are long. Add a scented candle wherever you linger in the house, or take time in the evening to cozy up with a blanket, a mug of your favorite steaming beverage, and a good book. Treat yourself to some quiet moments where you can feel warm and secure. Add some hygge to your life!

Don’t be afraid to spoil yourself this month – you deserve it!

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