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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2019’s Sexiest Valentine’s Day Lingerie

Valentine’s Day is less than a month away and now is the perfect time to drop a few hints or start secretly shopping to spoil yourself or your partner. Today, we’ll spotlight the hottest looks in lingerie to spice up your holiday. Once you have those sexy numbers in your hands, we’ve got all the best tips and tricks for keeping your lingerie looking great and smelling amazing with Eucalan!

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Our friends at The Lingerie Journal recently shared the Valentine’s Day collection by Adore. There’s plenty of va-va-va voom and fiery red drama to this collection – with one of these pieces you’ll be ready for anything from love to lust!

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The Lingerie Journal also put together an Etsy Valentine’s Day Lingerie Spotlight. Whether you’re looking for soft romance like the lace and velvet offerings from Rose Powder Shop, to cheeky flirtation with the camisoles from Betti Bones, to sensuous elegance in classic red like this set from Barely There Intimates, or majestic drama with a corset from Corsettery, there’s something to appeal to everyone. All these talented artisans hand make your goods to your sizing specifications, so you’ll need to allow plenty of time to make sure you receive them in time for the big day!

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While not specifically geared towards Valentine’s Day, we love this review of Tutti Rouge Minx by Comics Girls Need Bras. The black lace is both stunning and seductive and would make a perfect set paired with a beautiful robe.

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Another review we spotted on The Lingerie Addict blog featured Washable Silk Nightgowns from Wintersilks. These gorgeous gowns offer a taste of luxury in a reasonable price range and a generous variety of sizes, perfect for Valentine’s Day or every day!

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And if your beloved has a fondness for all things lingerie, you could surprise them with the ultimate guide to intimate apparel, In Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear and Love Lingerie by The Lingerie Addict’s Cora Harrington. Signed copies are available on her site!

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We hope we’ve given you (or your partner) some inspiration for this Valentine’s Day!

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Caring for Cloth Diapers

So many young families are cloth diapering their babies, and the benefits are clear- less waste and reduced costs – especially if cloth diapering another baby when the older child has outgrown them!

The tricky part of washing cloth diapers is using something that helps get the diapers clean, but is gentle enough for baby’s delicate skin, especially in such tender areas. Eucalan is gentle enough to wash all of your baby’s items – clothes, soft toys, and blankets. So it is a natural fit to wash your baby’s cloth diapers and inserts with Eucalan, too!

There are many different types of cloth diapers available, so these are general care guidelines. Experiment with what works best for you and your diapers.

Hand Wash/Sink Method (best for four or fewer diapers)

For hand washing, give a quick rinse to the diapers in the sink, then add one capful (or one pod) of Eucalan in the scent of your choice to the water. Submerge the dipaers and inserts, and let soak for ten minutes.  We recommend Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Lavender or Wrapture (scented with jasmine) for their naturally-occurring antibacterial benefits, as they are made with pure essential oils. Gently agitate the water, and then drain the water. Wring out the inserts, and roll diaper covers in a towel to absorb excess water.

Washing Machine Method  (best for 5 diapers/inserts or more)

Set your washing machine to cold , and put in the dipaers and inserts. We recommend running a quick rinse cycle at the beginning of washing diapers. Then add one pod or a capful of Eucalan in the scent of your choice to the washing machine.  Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Lavender or Wrapture (scented with jasmine essential oil) have naturally-occurring antibacterial benefits, and are a great choice. Run your washing machine as you normally would.

Drying

Typically we recommend you hang your delicates away from sunlight to prevent fading, but if you don’t mind the sun doing a little natural lightening on your colourful cloth diapers, feel free to hang them outside in the sunlight, or tumble dry in the dryer if your cloth diaper care instructions are fine with that too- we know sometimes you need those cloth diapers in a hurry!

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Fall Clean Up

September ushers in the start of the school year, the start of many extra-curricular activities and is the perfect time for a clean start for your family.

Eucalan is here to help you clean up and simplify your life with a no-rinse delicate wash that is well suited to a multitude of uses. From washing lunch bags to school uniforms, your daughter’s first bra to fall sweaters, security blankets to dance outfits, Eucalan has you covered.

We encourage you to pick your favourite from one of our five scents and see why Eucalan has been a trusted family brand for almost 25 years – from our family to yours.

Cleaning Crash Course for New Parents

Image used via Creative Commons.

Image used via Creative Commons.

Many of our fans trust Eucalan for their priceless delicate items: fancy lingerie, a cashmere sweater, or a vintage dress. Perhaps the most priceless item of all, however, is your little one! Eucalan offers a non-toxic, gentle way to clean baby items such as wool diaper covers, stuffed animals, blankies and nursing bras (click here for easy-to-follow instructions!).

However, it can also come in handy with the thrills and spills of parenting – especially the spills! Keeping a spray bottle filled with Eucalan and water handy can be extremely helpful for cleaning up unexpected messes on carpet and upholstery.

Simply spray on the stain and allow to soak in for a few minutes before rubbing the area with a soft cloth; you can also use this mixture to clean just about any surface, which will simplify your life exponentially if you don’t have to keep multiple cleaning products at the ready. For particularly stubborn messes, you may need to treat the area with full-strength Eucalan.

You can also use Eucalan to clean your playpen in your bathtub! You will be surprised at how much dirt is lurking in there, but the good news is it’s quite easy to keep things clean using these simple instructions from the A Baby’s Smile blog.

Finally, our stain-treating towelettes are a diaper bag essential; they are perfect for cleaning up the inevitable spit-up while you’re out and about. These single-use towelettes are saturated with Unscented Eucalan and can be used to remove a variety of stains.

We’d love to hear your Eucalan story, feel free to share your cleaning tips with us in the blog comments!

Winter Olympics Wrap-Up

We've been enjoying rooting for our fellow Canadians during the Winter Olympics in Sochi:

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The opening ceremony featured many memorable moments:

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In the crafting community, knitters and crocheters alike were thrilled to see a Finnish snowboard coach knitting at the top of the run (read the full story here!).

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When the first five Gold medals were handed out, we were excited for Team USA's win in the first-ever Slopestyle event, where Team Canada claimed a bronze:

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Sisters Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe swept the Gold and Silver medals for Team Canada in the moguls competition: 

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We're looking forward to the pageantry of the closing ceremonies as we bid the Games farewell. What were some of your favourite Olympic moments?

Vogue Knitting Live NYC

In just one week, Vogue Knitting Live will be taking place in New York City! Crafty folks from near and far will be heading to this star-studded event at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, and we couldn't be more pleased to be a sponsor. Be sure to visit the yarn tasting lounge for your free sample of Eucalan

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Knit and crochet designer Kristin Omdahl will have a booth at VK Live (#1004), and it will be stocked with her excellent books, sample designs, kits and – of course – Wrapture! Jennifer Edgar will be joining Kristin in the booth and we hope you'll stop by to pick up some Wrapture and say hello! There will also be live demonstrations and a very special guest on Friday evening, Stacy Charles!

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We are proud to sponsor this exciting event; please enjoy this coupon good towards your marketplace admission with our compliments! 

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Vogue Knitting Live Chicago

Eucalan was proud to sponsor last weekend's Vogue Knitting Live event at the Palmer House Hilton in downtown Chicago. Congratulations to the crew at Vogue who made this fantastic event possible. We enjoyed seeing photos of everyone's yarn-tastic shenanigans throughout the weekend – below are just a few of our favourites. We hope everyone enjoys their complimentary Eucalan samples from the Yarn Tasting lounge and Gift Wrap Station! 

 

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YMN Editor Erin Slonaker and crew in the Photo Booth.

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Complimentary Eucalan samples in the Yarn Tasting Lounge.

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Mochimochiland's Gnomes vs. Snowmen installation.

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Festive gifts at VK Live, complete with Eucalan samples!

 

Introducing Wrapture Fragrant Balm!


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Wrapture Fragrant Balm
 is the newest addition to the Eucalan family of products. It is an all-in-one product which can be used as a fragrant perfume as well as to moisturise dry skin. The balm is a portable, compact handbag essential that is all natural, alchohol-free, and vegan; it contains no preservatives, colour or petroleum, and it comes in a durable tin that won't leak. 

"I am passionate about using natural products whenever possible for my home, my family and myself," says designer Kristin Omdahl. "Essential oils have been my perfume of choice for years, for the aromatherapy benefits as well as my personal choice to avoid synthetic chemical fragrance. But oils are difficult to carry in your purse, and especially difficult for travel. I love carrying my Wrapture balm in my purse. It's great for rough skin, cuticles, dry hair, but my favorite is to dab it on my pulse points & behind my ears for a pick-me-up subtle fragrance. It makes me smile."

Wrapture Fragrant Balm will be appearing in stores this fall; click here to find a retailer near you!