7 Fan Favorites – Customers Share their Favourite Experiences with Eucalan

If you’ve been following us for a while, you know how gentle Eucalan Delicate Wash is in cleaning handmade items, delicate lingerie and even children’s clothing and cloth diapers. But we hear from customers all the time about fun and unexpected ways they’ve used Eucalan. Today we’ve gathered up 7 of our fan favourites – we hope they’ll give you great ideas!

  1. Your wedding dress. From customer Kay: “Almost 2 years ago my wife wore this amazing dress. We couldn’t find anyone to clean it after. The outdoor venue had blackened the bottom. Enter Eucalan. I found this to be a great fiber cleaner, including my carpets. So when my wife begged me to try and save her dress so she could preserve it, or sell it I thought I might try using Eucalan. On a 2 year old, set in grass and dirt stain, on a delicate wedding dress. A tiny bit of soaking and direct scrubbing to the worst spots later and I am amazed! Thanks for such an amazing product. Everyone should have some!” We’ve got some extra tips for wedding dress care on our website!
  1. Your child’s favourite toy. From the mouths of babes, and customer Vanessa: “My daughter said he was sticky so we gave him a bath.”  Check out one of our newest videos on Laundering Baby Items with Eucalan for our top tips!
  1. Your delicate clothing items. Lace? Silk? Bling? Eucalan can handle all of them and keep your favourite delicates looking like new for longer. Instagram customer @girlsavage shares, “A wash in Eucalan lavender for my sequined T-shirt.”
  1. Your Winter Coat. If you didn’t launder your coat before you packed it away last season, or if you want to freshen it up for this fall and winter, give it a spa treatment with Eucalan. Customer Joan says “I looked at my wool winter coat and thought, ‘Why not?’ So I did. I love my Eucalan!” You can find more tips on keeping those coats looking spiffy on our blog.
  1. Your Vintage Buttons (and other items). This was a new one for us, but we love hearing these stories! Customer Carol shared, “These vintage buttons from Mom’s and Grandma’s button tins cleaned up nicely. Some of them are quite old, and a filmy layer seemed to have built up over the years. I gave them a bath in my Eucalan wool wash and they are good as new!”
  1. Your Masks. This one’s new for this year and we hope it doesn’t last forever, but you can use Eucalan on your masks! The owner of Esther’s Place Fibers says, “Let me share a tip that made mask-wearing just a little more bearable for me: washing mine in Eucalan. It smells so good when you put it on, it puts a smile on my face!” We’re right there with you!
  1. Your Makeup Brushes. We shared this in a blog article a while ago, but customer Avila says, “First, if you can’t remember the last time you washed your makeup brushes/sponges, wash them! Second, if you’re looking for the best way (that I’ve found) to get them clean use Eucalan delicate wash! It’s better than all the makeup specific cleansers I’ve tried, and cheaper!”

We hope you enjoyed hearing how some of our customers use Eucalan in unexpected ways! If you’re interested in seeing more, we have a Pinterest board where we collect customer stories.

If you’ve got a new use for Eucalan, we’d love to hear from you!

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Eucalan Summer Recipe Roundup

We’ve spent a lot of time at home this spring, so we’ve been cooking quite a bit more and we bet you have too! Now that we’re into summer, we’ve been looking for inspiration for delicious meals that are quick and easy to throw together. So we went to our favourite source for inspiration: Pinterest! Today we’ve rounded up some of the most enticing summer recipes that will have your family asking for seconds!

Salads

Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of the bounty of fruit and vegetables that are seasonally available. When the days are hot, there’s nothing better than a fresh salad. Our mouths are watering at this Blackberry Chicken Salad recipe from I am Homesteader, and the Watermelon Salad with Cucumber and Feta from Recipe Runner looks like the perfect mix of sweet and savory. If you have easy access to a farmer’s market and fresh vegetables, check out this Grilled Vegetable Salad from A Farmergirl’s Dabbles!

Light Pastas

We do love pastas, especially when they’re part of summer dishes that are lighter than your standard fare. This Summer Skillet Gnocchi with Grilled Corn and Burrata from Pure Wow uses fresh summer vegetables, and the Light Lemon Garlic Pasta with Salmon from The Cooking Jar looks like the perfect summer dinner. If it’s greens you’re after, check out these gorgeous Jade Noodles from Feasting at Home!

For the Grill

For many of us, summer means grilling! If you’re looking for new ways to skewer up your favourites, check out these recipes that can be assembled fairly quickly and thrown on the grill!

The Chipotle Honey Chicken Skewers from Skinny Ms. are blend of sweet and hot, and the Rosemary Garlic Steak Kabobs from I am Baker seem like a hearty dinner re-imagined for a summer grill. On the lighter side, these Salmon Citrus Skewers from Cooking with Mima are beautiful!

Sweet Treats

No summer meal is complete without a sweet treat. Keep it healthy and full of fresh fruit (and veggies!) with these Rainbow Popsicles from The First Year. Or try your hand at baking some of that summer bounty with this Blueberry Peach Crostata recipe by Coley Cooks. This one probably doesn’t qualify as quick or easy, but we bet it’s worth the effort: French Fruit Tart by House of Nash Eats!

We hope we’ve given you some great recipes to supplement your summer favourites. You can also check out our Pinterest board, Summer Recipe Roundup, for more inspiration!

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9 Fun Facts about Eucalan!

2020 is a big year for Eucalan (keep reading!) so we thought we’d take a little time and pull together 9 fun facts about us that you may not know!

  1. A little bit of trivia: Do you know how we got our name? The derivative of the company name, Eucalan, is the combination of two of the prominent ingredients from the original product formula — eucalyptus and lanolin!
  1. What makes Eucalan different from other wool washes? Our natural formula is 100% quickly biodegradable and eco-friendly. Eucalan includes lanolin to naturally condition fibers and help keep static away. Except for our unscented version, we use natural oils (eucalyptus, jasmine, grapefruit and lavender) as moth and flea inhibitors, antiseptics, and to add gentle scents to your woolens. Eucalan is gentle enough for everything your baby touches, your most delicate items, your cherished woolens and heirlooms, and even your pets (and their toys, blankets, etc.)!
  1. Eucalan can be used in so many ways! For instance, you can dilute Eucalan Delicate Wash in a spray bottle with water and spritz upholstery and curtains to freshen them up or use it on clothing that’s been in your closets or drawers too long. Pick your favourite scent to refresh just about anything!
  1. Lavender is a popular scent for promoting relaxation and improving sleep quality. Wash your pillowcases and bedding in Eucalan Lavender (hint: don’t rinse – or – add a few drops to the rinse water) to help calm down at night and sleep deeply all night long!
  1. Worried about winter temperatures? If Eucalan freezes during shipping, it’s okay – let it thaw and it will be clear again! The liquid doesn’t separate and the effectiveness of the formula is still the same.
  1. Eucalan loves supporting our customers! We’ve been to gifting suites for all kinds of events like the Grammy Awards, MuchMusic Video Awards (MMVAs), Toronto International Film Festival, Candian Country Music Association Awards (CCMAs), and the Kentucky Derby!  In addition to working with celebrities and their causes, we also work with our retailers to support their events and what matters most to them. This year, find us in goody bags at Stitch Up Events!
  1. Eucalan is a family owned and operated business located in the beautiful town of Paris, Ontario, Canada. We are 1 hour west of Toronto and if you look on a map you’ll find us between Buffalo and Detroit!
  1. This year, Eucalan is celebrating its 30th anniversary! We can hardly believe it’s been 30 years and we’re still going strong!
  1. Do we have plans to celebrate our 30th? We sure do! Coming soon – an updated look!

We hope we’ve given you a few fun facts about Eucalan! We’d love to hear your favourite Eucalan stories – leave a comment for us here, or post on Instagram using the tag #eucalanfan or share your story in our Facebook group!

Lift Your Spirits and Learn New Things!

We are now finishing our second month of staying at home. While there are many things we miss from life as it was before, every day we find new things to entertain and delight us even during this difficult time. Today we’d like to share a few of our favourite resources for keeping ourselves in good spirits and learning new things each day.

1. Subscribe to Clara Parkes’ Daily Respite: Treat yourself to a little nugget to start your day off right from Clara Parkes, knitting author, yarn critic and wool expert. Delivered directly to your email inbox, the Daily Respite includes poems, video clips, quotes, music and other little bits of joy. You can subscribe for free, or support Clara with a modest monthly subscription of $6 and access extra goodies.

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2. Take in a show or learn to dance: Lincoln Center at Home through a new portal that enables families and communities to keep the performing arts front and center. Check out the daily schedule and watch everything from jazz concerts to opera. Take a ballet class, learn shadow puppetry or line dancing – the opportunities are endless and free! Or if you’re really interested in ballet The National Ballet of Canada has a whole host of activities for little ones as well!  Or discover the magic of Cirque du Soleil with some of their live specials (available for free on YouTube!)

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3. Draw or paint: The Kennedy Center presents 15 episodes of Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems, American writer, animator, voice actor, and creator of children’s books. Perfect for kids or adults – learn to doodle and sketch your creative thoughts! Or check out the official YouTube channel of Bob Ross’ the Joy of Painting Series and paint yourself some happy little trees!

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4. Listen to Audible Stories: Free Audiobooks for Kids: For as long as schools remain closed, Audible has made a selection of its audiobooks for children available for free, including titles across eight different languages. Keep your kids dreaming, learning and loving reading (or being read to)!

5. Visit museums: Many museums have taken their exhibitions online for you to enjoy from the comfort of your home. New York’s Museum of Modern Art offers both modern and contemporary art from the 1880’s through today. Tour the Uffizi in Florence to explore one of the best collections of Renaissance art in the world. Explore the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, home to an incredible collection of Van Gogh and Cezanne masterpieces. Pop into the Tate for a taste of British art or explore amazing artifacts at The British Museum. Or check out this list of over 500 attractions and museums!

6. Learn to cook: So many folks are delivering free content on how to make the most of your pantry during this time. Check out the Home Cooking audio podcast with Samin Nosrat and Hrishikesh Hirway to learn what they’re noshing on. Tune in on Tuesday nights at 6pm to Quarantine Kitchen and cook live with Alton Brown and his wife, designer Elizabeth Ingram (be careful – this one is not safe for kids due to language!). Or watch Alton’s Pantry Raid series to make something delicious from ingredients you already have at home! If you’re looking for something closer to home, you can also stream Top Chef Canada online. And if you’re looking for a great resource for all things food and kitchen related don’t miss Food 52. What’s the best way to cook bacon?  They’ve done the experiments and provide their findings.

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7. Watch the animals: The Vancouver Aquarium has added several live cams to share everything from playful otters to entrancing jellyfish! Start watching birds local to you with the help of eBird. Or check out the penguins and orangutans at The Kansas City Zoo (our favorite is the tuxedo penguins visiting the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum)!

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8. Explore science! The Ontario Science Centre has a lot to explore online and many exciting experiments for kids to try at home. Perhaps make your own slime? Episodes of Mythbusters, the popular Discovery Network show all about science are also available to stream on Hulu, Amazon Prime and YouTube.

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We hope we’ve given you a few resources to lift your spirits and help you learn new things while at home. What has been keeping you entertained during this time? Please let us know in the comment what you’re loving right now!

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Eucalan’s Top Stay at Home Activities

The last month has been a whirlwind and as we’re settling into our new “normal” we find ourselves with lots of time at home. Whether you’re in the house alone, or sheltering with a partner and children, we’ve pulled together a few of our top ideas for what to do when you’re staying at home!

Movement

Keep everyone moving around to burn off energy! Crank up the tunes and have a dance party. Head into the backyard for relay races or play a game of tag. Take a walk in your neighborhood and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring. Or dust off your yoga mat and practice on your own, or with one of the many classes available on YouTube! (If your yoga mat is a bit dusty, here are our tips for making it clean and fresh again!)

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Art Projects

Everyone loves to be creative! Spread out some newspaper and pull out the paints so everyone can work on their masterpieces. Make use of those single socks (you know, the ones left after the laundry dryer eats the mates) and make sock puppets, then hold your own puppet show. Want to draw? Practice on your own or check out Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems for a little guided practice for you and the kids! Or head out to your driveway with some sidewalk chalk for a little drawing and physical activity.

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Quiet Activities

Everyone needs a bit of quiet time these days. Institute an hour or two each afternoon reserved for quiet time and indulge in some solo activities. Escape into another world and read a book. Work on a puzzle for some quiet contemplative time! Let the kids color with crayons or order yourself an adult coloring book and some colored pencils or markers. Or slip into a bubble bath for a little pampering!

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Cooking

Nourish yourselves and your family and enjoy doing it together! Purchase ingredients for dinner and work together in the kitchen to make a fabulous meal. Or try baking some sweet treats that everyone will enjoy! You can teach counting and measuring and practical skills all at once.

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Toys

You probably have a house full of toys! Play board games together as a family or divide into teams to battle it out. Keep your child’s mind occupied with fun activity books, or do sudoku or crosswords to keep your own mind sharp. Pull out play doh, kinetic sand or other fun household items that can be used to create small science experiments (think volcanoes of baking soda and vinegar).

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Get Creative

Right now is the time to use your imagination! Gather up blankets and pillows and build a fort in the living room. Add s’mores and you’ve got the perfect indoor campout! Head out to the backyard for a picnic to enjoy the spring weather. While you’re there, plant some seeds, flowers or vegetables, and work on tending them for some beautiful sights or yummy eats! Or take up a new hobby – check out Staci Perry at Very Pink to learn the basics of knit and crochet.

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We hope we’ve given you a few ideas on activities to try while you’re staying at home. Even though they’re out of season, we’ve also got some past blog articles with more ideas. Check out 7 Snow Day Activities, Kids Summer Crafts and Our Top 5 Spring Activties or our Pinterest boards for more inspiration!

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Stay home and knit or crochet!

Spring has sprung, and in normal seasons we round up our favourite new patterns for you to knit and crochet. Since we’re all staying home to help flatten the curve, we figured this was the perfect time to pull together those lovely new patterns to inspire you. We hope you’ll find something here to spark your knitting or crocheting mojo and get you working from your stash or supporting your local yarn stores!

Tops and Tees

Spring is here and summer is coming – time to make some new new tops and tees for the season! The Rosewater Tee by Black Cat Knitting Company is a modern take on a classic retro style top with a comfortable fit and dramatically tapered ribbed waistline; knit it up in your favourite fingering weight yarn. The Highbury Halter by Jiminez Joseph is designed to be loose and flowing around the hips, with a nice curve at the hem and looks perfect for those warm summer evenings. We’ve fallen in love with Olivine by Estefania Espindola in the latest issue of Knitscene, as it seems like a great piece for layering, and is knit in an easy-to-memorize lace mesh pattern. Green Machine by Amy Gundersen, a FREE pattern in the most recent issue of Knitty magazine, takes only one or two skeins of laceweight yarn. The Nicole Tank by Kate Oates is full of simple, easy to memorize A-line lace paired with a fitted bodice, a combination made for mild climates and warmer months everywhere, perfect all by itself or for layering. And for the crocheters, check out the stunning Dusk Camisole by Jane Howorth from the newest issue of We Crochet Magazine.

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Shawls

Spring and summer are all about light and airy knits, and there’s nothing better for that than a shawl project! Cattedrale by Valentina Cosciani is a stunning asymmetrical shawl featuring an intuitive geometric all-over lace pattern, set off by a garter stitch border featured in the new issue of Making Stories Magazine. Far Away Dreams by Joji Locatelli is a simple rectangular wrap worked in garter stitch, surrounded by a delicate lace border. If you’re craving allover lace, check out Ceto by Barbara Benson, a completely new shawl shape with shaping that creates a triangle on one side (the beach) and pi shawl shaping to mimic the crashing waves building to a crescent on the other. Or if it’s more colour you’re after, check out Painting Bricks by Stephen West, a splashy semi-circular shawl worked in alternating sections of garter stitch and stockinette stitch stripes and slipped stitches. Or try Number 10 by Lori Versaci, an easy-to-knit garter stitch shawl, soothing to work and with extra interest as you watch the color play emerge. Wouldn’t either of these be great to use up leftovers from your stash? For our crocheters, check out Together Apart by Rachy Newin which was inspired by wide open spaces and the way we stay connected even when there’s physical distance.

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Socks

Socks are the perfect portable project as you move from room to room or indoors and out. There are some spectacular new sock patterns for spring! Fern by Jill Zielinski is a twisted stitch sock pattern (no cables required!) echoing the green lines of ferns. Sweet & Tartan Socks by Tracie Millar are easier than they look – they’re crafted using mosaic knitting, meaning you’re only knitting one color at a time! If it’s texture you’re after, Carrots & Radishes Socks by Dawn Henderson have a playful basketweave punctuated by impish crossed cables, a nod to Mrs. Rabbit and Peter from A Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. Paint Pan Socks by Wendy Staples are a tribute to her love of watercolors and can be worked in scraps from your stash. Ambient Socks by Helen Stewart are part of her third installment of the Handmade Sock Society; check out this one and her previous collections for beautifully elegant socks. And for our crocheters, check out Honeycomb Socks by A la Sascha for some stretchy and squishy slipper socks!

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We hope you’ve found something here that inspires you to pull out your needles and hooks. We’ve also got Pinterest boards featuring our favourite knits and crochet if you need more ideas!

We’d love to see what you’re making while you’re at home. Tag us using the hashtag #eucalan on Instagram or share in our Facebook Group!

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Our Favourite Trendsetters

Eucalan Delicate Wash has so many different uses; our biodegradable natural formula has lanolin in it which is wonderful for washing knit and crochet projects, but also cloth diapers and anything that touches your baby. It’s gentle enough to wash your finest silk lingerie, and also your heirloom quilts and even wedding dresses. So how do we stay on top of what’s hot in all these industries? We follow a ton of great creators! Today we’d love to share some of our favourite makers with you!

Knitting, Crochet & More

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If you’re a knitter or crocheter these days, you’re likely to find yourself browsing Ravelry for the latest trends. With its database full of patterns, the Hot Right Now lists, and forums full of discussions, we love browsing Ravelry to see what’s trending!

Kristin Omdahl designs gorgeous knit and crochet patterns as well as dyeing swoon-worthy yarns. If that weren’t enough, we teamed up with her to develop Wrapture – we love jasmine!

For excellent tutorials and fun projects, look no further than Staci Perry of Very Pink Knits! Staci’s website and YouTube library is an excellent reference tool for all things knitting and crochet.

We love following all the knitting magazines, but Pom Pom Quarterly is one of our favourites. Specifically focusing on innovative designs, diversity and inclusivity, Pom Pom is full of the latest trends in knitting and crochet.

James Crispin Janz, otherwise known as BurlyKnits, is who we turned to for the latest in luxury knitwear and accessories. We love his impeccable style and sense of whimsy.

We hesitate to start naming more of our favourite makers because we know we’ll leave someone out. But a handful of our fellow Canadian creators like Laura Chau, Julie Crawford, Tracie Millars and Jodi Brown of the Grocery Girls Podcast, Sweet Georgia, and Zen Yarn Garden are always inspiring. Other designers we love following include Joji Locatelli, Andrea Mowry, Tin Can Knits, Hunter Hammersen, Phanessa Fong, Heidi Gustad and so many, many more!

Lingerie Love

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The Lingerie Journal is always the first place we go for the latest news in lingerie From the hottest looks, to behind the scenes interviews, The Lingerie Journal is great reading! You can also have articles delivered right to your inbox.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t include our friend Cora Harrington of The Lingerie Addict. From her best-selling volume of lingerie history, In Intimate Detail, to her discussions of topics like sustainability and inclusion, we love reading what Cora is up to!

Wen of Comics Girls Need Bras is another top lingerie blogger that we love to follow. Wen models the latest looks and visits lingerie hot spots on her travels, giving us lots of retail spots to add to our shopping lists!

Of course, if you want to see what’s hot in the industry you can’t miss CURVE Expo, which runs industry trade shows around the world. Though we aren’t often able to attend the shows in person, we do love seeing what CURVE features, as well as reading recaps from all the wonderful sites and writers we mentioned above!

We hope we’ve given you some new trendsetters to follow. Who do you follow? We’d love to know!

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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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Our Top 5 Spring Activities

It’s finally starting to feel like spring and we’re delighted to spend more time outdoors. Today we’ve put together a list of our favourite spring activities to break the winter blues.

Plant Something Green

Spring is a time for renewal and growth and the perfect time to plant something in the ground! Whether it’s a few flowers for some colour or fruits and vegetables for summer eating, enjoy the sunshine and renewable energy. If you’re looking for something fun to do with little ones, start some seeds in soil pellets or small pots and watch them grow!

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Head to the Park for a Picnic

It’s finally sunny and warming up, and it’s the perfect time to enjoy the sunshine outdoors. Grab a blanket and a few toys for the park, and head out to soak up some rays and enjoy a meal together as a family. We can’t wait to try these Quick & Easy Walking Tacos from Eating on a Dime – the kids will love them!

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Or maybe you’d like to get away for an afternoon of fun. Whether it’s hanging with your best buds or enjoying a little romance with your partner, these Tips for a Perfect Spring Cheeseboard from The Edit are the perfect portable snack to pack.

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And don’t forget the Eucalan Wipes for spills and messes that need quick treating!

Fly a Kite

While you’re in the park, what better activity is there than flying a kite? We found some great tutorials on Pinterest for building your own kites, but we especially love this DIY Fabric Kite tutorial from Zest it Up! Build your kite before you head to the park (or the beach) and watch it soar in the air. A slightly breezy day is best for this one!

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Visit a Farm to see the Animals

Do you live near a farm or a zoo? Spring means babies! Head out to see those brand new babies before they grow up. Or if you can’t get out to see the baby animals, bring them to your living room. Check out the Zooborns Instagram account which shares the most adorable baby animals from zoos and aquariums worldwide!

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Shopping at Farmers’ Markets

Spring and summer mean fabulous produce. Find farmers’ markets near you to take advantage of the bounty of the season, then head home and try a new spring recipe or two! We’re drooling over these Asparagus and Brie Puff Pastries with Thyme Honey from Half Baked Harvest, this Spring Pasta Primavera with Lemon Ricotta from Our Salty Kitchen, and this delicious looking Spring Salad from Proud Italian Cook.

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Bring Spring Flowers Indoors

Brighten up your home with the lovely sights and smells of spring. Whether you cut a bouquet from your garden or purchase one from a local florist, add some freshness to any room with a beautiful floral arrangement. We just love this Early Spring Vignette from Stone Gable.

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We hope that we’ve given you a bit of inspiration for making the most of your spring. Looking for more ideas? We’ve got a Pinterest board full of spring activities for you and your little ones to try!

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10 Top Ideas for Summer Fun

It’s easy to think that summer fun just happens, but sometimes a few minutes of prep can make all the difference between a ho-hum summer and one full of incredible memories. Summer  goes by so quickly, make the most of it with my top picks for fun things to try this summer!

It can often be a bit too hot to be outside for hours during the day, but the nights are balmy, and perfect for an outdoor movie night! Find the whole step-by-step on how to set up your own backyard movie theatre here.

This is a lot harder than it looks- frisbee tic tac toe! Perfect for adults or kids, it’s super quick to set up, but you do need a lot of frisbees! See more details here.

Bring a bit of fun wherever you go with this picnic blanket game board idea- perfect for picnics, the beach, wherever you happen to be! Read the whole DIY here.

Build a sandman. Because you know it’s going to be SO FUN. There’s no DIY with this photo, but you can probably figure it out- a bit of water and sand, and you are in business!

Tryout a dramatic summer dish- like hollowing out a pineapple to serve a fruit salsa with baked cinnamon tortilla chips. Find the recipe here!

Lawn Twister– forget the awkward floor mat, and spray paint these circles directly onto your lawn for anytime games of Twister!

Feel like having a backyard fire for roasting marshmallows? Why not build your own fire pit? Here’s a great tutorial on how to do it in an hour (not including the purchasing of materials, of course!) 

Instagram feed feeling a little empty? Adults and kids (even pets!) can have fun with some sidewalk chalk and careful positioning– perfect for a creative afternoon.

Frozen drinks- wine slushies are big this summer and there are loads of recipe you can try- I’m partial to these peach wine slushies, they are so summery and delicious! Find the recipe here.

Lawn Scrabble- Making oversized letter tiles out of cardboard keeps this game really fun, and is perfect for hanging outside when it’s hot enough that you want to be outdoors, but a bit too hot to actually do anything too active. Find all the details here.

Looking for more ideas? Check out last year’s round up of great outdoor  summer activities!  We also have a Pinterest board full of amazing, inspiring summer ideas.