How to Recycle Yarn

This is a guest post from Julie Crawford, and previously appeared on knittedbliss.com. We loved it so much we asked to repost it here so that Eucalan fans can learn all these important tricks for recycling yarn!

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I don’t often do tutorials, but I have recently learned SO MUCH about how to reuse yarn from a knit that I had to share it with you guys. In particular because I’ve finally decided to turn my Delineate Tank into a Manzanilla Sweater, using the Spirit Trail Fiberworks yarn that I loved so much the first time around. I had almost two full skeins leftover from the original project, so this sweater will be a mix of unused yarn AND recycled yarn, which will have its own considerations. First, let’s recycle the yarn.

Types of yarn- the ‘stickier’ a yarn is, the harder it is to rip back. if there is any mohair or angora in it, it will be cling to the stitches, and not want to be easily undone. It can still be done, but you’ll need to go more slowly.

You will need:

  • the knit
  • wool wash (my favourite is Eucalan)
  • a crochet hook or blunt tapestry needle
  • some waste yarn
  •  a sink
  • a towel

A note about the wool wash, in case you are wondering why I’m declaring Eucalan as my fave: I’ve tried other kinds, but I always come back to Eucalan because I get a lot of product for the price, which means more washes. It’s totally biodegradable and made with natural ingredients, and I also really like that the cap and top of bottle seem to magically stay clean and never get gummed up or sticky. My favourite scents are Pink Grapefruit and Jasmine Wrapture, but I’m using classic Eucalyptus scent for this tutorial.

Step 1

If you look closely at your hems and where you bound off, and pull a bit at the fabric, you will be able to see the tiny tail of where the ends were woven in. You can use a crochet hook or a blunt tapestry needle to begin pulling it loose, until you can then undo the cast off. If at any point prior to this you can’t find the end or the knot you pulled when you cast off was so tight there’s no way you’ll undo it, then you can always get some scissors and snip out the cast on edge.

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Step 2

Start pulling. You may need to pause now and then, especially with flat knitting, as the sides tend to be a bit stickier.

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As the yarn comes away, you will need to wrap it into a ball. If you have a yarn swift you can attach the loose end to the swift and unwind the sweater that way. But you can also just use your hand, like this:

How to Recycle Yarn | Eucalan.com

You will need to make a new ball for each section of yarn that you have. So, as you are winding and come to the end of the skein in the knit, put that ball aside and start a new one with the new end that you find.

Step 3:

Once you have unwound and have all the balls of crinkly, ramen-noodle style yarn, you will need to get it ready for a bath. You can use a swift if you have one, but I used the backs of two chairs, one of which had the high chair on it. And it had so much crusted baby food and weird stains that I couldn’t bear to snap a photo. So, it should look like the photo in this link, where the chairs are clean. Then, using the waste yarn, loosely tie 2-3 sections of it to keep all the strand of yarn corralled together. This will be very important for keeping the yarn from becoming a snarled mess later on. It will look like this:

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Step 4:

Bath time! Pour a capful of Eucalan into a sink filled with warm (not hot) water. Immerse the yarn.How to Recycle Yarn | Eucalan.com

You want to ensure that the yarn is fully saturated, and not floating on the surface. Push it down until it’s absorbed a fair quantity of water, and let it sit for about half an hour to help the fibers get fully relaxed. After 20 minutes, take a look at the yarn – is it still a bit crinkly? Then it needs more time. Continue soaking. If it’s relaxed, then drain the water (no need to rinse), squeeze out the excess water gently, and roll in a towel to remove more of the water. Hang to dry away from heat or light, a shower is a good place for this.

Step 5:

You can then wind your yarn into a ball, or into a hank, both are shown below. Here is a 1 min video showing how to wind your yarn into a hank (the long one that looks like a pastry), which is ideal if you aren’t going to be using it right away.

How to Recycle Yarn | Eucalan.com

Hedgehog is just for visual interest. I was trying to get one of the cats to lay beside it, but when was the last time a cat did anything you wanted it to do?

Now, before you dive into your knit, if you have a mix of yarn you have recycled AND yarn that hasn’t been used (like me!), then you want to keep the following in mind. I would like to give a big shout out of thanks to Celeste, a previous commentor who emailed with me about this, and had wonderful tips to share.

  1. Cotton and acrylic might not change a lot in the process above, but wool, wool blends (and alpaca) can stretch a little or a lot.
  2. It could also have stretched a bit, if you hung your washed yarn up to dry, rather than laid it flat.
  3. Once a yarn is washed, it plumps up, filling in the space between fibers. Unwashed yarn won’t have done this yet. So you know that this will affect your….
  4. Gauge!! You will need to do a gauge swatch in both your washed yarn AND your unwashed yarn to compare, and see if there is any difference. There could be a very big difference, and you want to know before investing a sweater’s worth of time into a knit.

Then Celeste also suggested this brilliant step:

“Another way to do a quick check is to lay the two yarns parallel to each other. You likely won’t see a difference in thickness. If you do, then it’s a sure sign. What you’d want to look for is the twist of plies of the yarn. If you lay a ruler next to them count the times the plies curve over the yarn in 4″/10cm segment (like a swatch the larger the measurement the greater accuracy). Then do the same for the second yarn. If they match up perfectly you can choose where to go from there.”

Genius, right? So if your yarn is showing a difference, then simplest solution is to wash all of it, both the used and unused yarn. If it is treated the same way and more likely to behave the same from one skein to the next.

There you have it! How to reuse your wonderful, precious yarn. If you’ve invested all that time into creating a knitted piece, it should be something you love to wear. If it isn’t (once you have completed the 6 emotional stages of frogging a project) and you love the yarn, why not give it a new lease on life? You might knit something you can’t live without this time!

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Easy Swimwear Care

Sometimes, you just need a day at the beach (or lounging poolside). But sun, sea salt, and chlorine can wreak havoc on your swimwear if not properly cared for.

Keep your bathing suit looking its best with Eucalan.

The good news is that it’s quite easy to keep your bathing suit in tip-top condition: after every use, wash in your favourite scent of Eucalan. We show you how in this easy tutorial:

As you can see, it takes only a few minutes to remove the oils, chlorine and lotions which can break down the fibres of your swim suit and fade the colours over time. You can even wash your suit in your hotel sink while traveling with our single use pods! We recommend our LavenderGrapefruit or Jasmine scents for their naturally antiseptic properties.

Single Use Pods of Eucalan are great for travel.

Need a little reminder every now and then? Keep this graphic handy for future reference by printing, pinning, or sharing on social media:

How to wash your swimwear with Eucalan.

Now you can have fun in the sun all summer long!

Handwashing Hosiery

Did you know that hand washing hosiery not only cleans and refreshes, but it can actually extend the life of your item if you use Eucalan? Since there is no need to rinse out after washing, there is a decreased chance of snagging or inadvertently causing a run in your stocking or thigh high. The lanolin naturally conditions and softens fibres, and our all-natural formula is free of optical brighteners or other additives which break down elastic fibres. We recommend Lavender, Grapefruit, or our jasmine scent Wrapture to care for these delicate items, as each scent contains naturally antiseptic essential oils; for the truly scent-sensitive, we recommend Natural, which contains no added chemicals to hide the natural scent of the product.

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If you have invested in high-quality hosiery or thigh highs , make sure you are caring for them properly using these simple steps to hand wash:

  • Add Eucalan to  basin or sink; fill with tepid water (room temperature water, not hot and not cold).
  • Insert article to be washed and soak for 15 minutes (minimum).
  • Squeeze article gently to incorporate water and soap through fibres.
  • Pull article out of water and gently squeeze out excess water. Do not twist or ring.
  • Hang hosiery to dry.
  • If you need to launder in a machine, place hosiery in a mesh laundry bag or pillow case and be sure that it is separate from items with clasps or velcro (click here to find out how to use Eucalan in your washing machine).

VienneMilano makes some of our favourite thigh highs which are perfect for wearing year-round; their Spring and Bridal collections are a breath of fresh air for the changing seasons! Show below is the Elisabetta style in white, perfect for adding a touch of seduction to your wedding day (or night).

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We recommend washing each thigh high in Eucalan and storing in the VienneMilano box when dry to prolong the life of your stockings. Click here to learn more on our blog archive and here on the Vienne Milano website.

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Recently, The Lingerie Journal shared an in-depth article about luxury hosiery from Glamory and recommended Eucalan to keep them clean – click here if you missed it! 

A Perfect Match: Marlies Dekkers & Eucalan

As many of you may already know, Eucalan has now partnered with the iconic Dutch brand Marlies Dekkers with the help of Bill Schmitt, President of DW Schmitt Global Ltd (click here to read more on the Lingerie Journal). Together, we are looking forward to sharing these two complementary products in the North American market: a quality undergarment will last longer when properly cared for, and Eucalan’s gentle, no-rinse formula is the perfect choice for the job. In the case of Marlies Dekkers, many pieces include metal or beaded embellishments which require special care – and as a general rule, luxury lingerie should always be hand washed to extend the life of the piece.

A match made in heaven: Marlies Dekkers & Eucalan Delicate Wash. Includes instructions to care for your luxury lingerie.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we wanted to share  our quick step-by-step guide to caring for luxury undergarments:

  1. Gently submerge item(s) in a sink filled with tepid water and Eucalan – we recommend our JasmineLavender or Grapefruit scents, all of which are naturally antiseptic.
  2. Allow item(s) to sit for a few minutes, then gently squeeze the item and allow the water to drain from the sink.
  3. Lay lingerie on a clean, dry towel and press on it gently to remove as much excess water as possible.
  4. Lay item(s) on a fresh towel to dry, making sure that the cups are in shape and the straps are straight . If it’s not a heavy piece, it can be hung to dry after pressing out the water.

Click here for more free tutorials at Eucalan.com.

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Next month, Eucalan will exhibiting in Las Vegas at CurveNV@Magic (February 16-18) and in New York at CurveNY (February 21-23), the top lingerie trade show in our industry. For our retailers in attendance, you can click here to book an appointment with us ahead of time. Please note, our CEO Jennifer Edgar will only be attending the Las Vegas show, though we will have representation at CurveNY in the DW Schmitt Global booth.

Be sure to stop by booth #73952 at CurveNV@Magic and #351 at CurveNY to ask about our show special!

Winners & Holiday Gift Guide: Babies & New Parents

GiveawayFirst off, we’d like to reveal the winners for our holiday giveaway announced earlier this week:

We’ll get in touch with you to arrange for the delivery of your prizes. Thanks for entering our contest!

Chances are, you know someone who’s welcomed someone new into their family this year. Eucalan is gentle enough to use on baby items, and it’s especially great for washing nursing bras, diaper covers, and other baby items (click here for more info on our website). In our final installment of the Holiday Gift Guide series, we share some of our top picks for new parents. Enjoy!

 

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This sweet Cuddle Bear is made from 100% Australian sheepskin, which helps calm and nurture babies. It’s sure to delight your little one!

Lulujo Muslin Security Blankets feature adorable animal prints on breathable muslin cotton with a smooth satin edge.

A Eucalan Gift Pack includes 100mL bottles in each of our 5 scents, and it’s a great way to make sure that you always have a bottle of Eucalan at the ready. Eucalan is wonderful for treating wool diapers covers, and it’s also great for spot treating stains, spills, and other messes that invariably pop up.

This stylish necklace also gives teething babies relief! Made from 100% silicone, the Chewbeads Jane Necklace is soft on baby’s gums and emerging teeth. It’s easy to keep clean, and contains no No BPA, phthalates, cadmium, lead, metals.

Keep track of every magical moment with these Milestone™ Baby Cards, which are great for snapping shots for your baby book as well as your Instagram feed.

Every little one needs Sofie the Giraffe, an adorable toy designed specifically to cultivate and nurture baby’s senses (and it never hurts to have a back-up Sofie, we’re told).

Eucalan Stain Treating Towelettes are a great add-on for any gift, and they’re essential for any diaper bag. These pre-moistened wipes will take care of stains while out and about.

Choose a diaper cover with a cute, colourful print for a thoughtful gift you know they’ll use. The clever design of the Omaïki Ö Sleep shown here will keep baby dry all night – even newborns!

A wrap or a sling is a wonderful alternative to strollers, and this gorgeous Sakura Bloom Wrap (shown here in Tulum and Sea Glass) is made in Massachusetts from the finest Indian dupioni silk. The unisex, reversible design is machine washable and easy to use.

Essentials Tools, Tips & Tutorials for Fall

Fall is here! Now is the time to start bringing out your woolens, quilts and handmade items for the chilly autumn season. Eucalan is perfect for freshening up items which have been packed away for the summer – click here for free tutorials demonstrating the best way to wash and care for your specialty items such as quilts, woolens, furs, leather, and more!

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Sweater weather is once again here, and we recently spotted the Cocoknits Sweater Care Kit in the Fall issue of Knitty.com. This clever kit includes everything you need to keep your handmade (and store-bought!) sweaters looking their best – including a small bottle of Eucalan!

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Handknitters will want to check out a brand-new instructional video, Basic Finishing Techniques: Transform Your Knitting With Blocking and More.  Get answers to the most commonly-asked questions accompanied by detailed demonstrations (featuring Eucalan, of course!) from designer, author, and instructor Tanis Gray. This comprehensive DVD will help viewers achieve professional results for their handmade projects!

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Outside of the fibre arts world, Eucalan was recently featured on the Lingerie Journal as part of a feature by Kaaren Bedi, founder/designer of Layneau. In it, Kaaren shares her best tips for keeping luxury lingerie and heirloom pieces looking their best for the next generation. It should be no surprise that Kaaren prefers our delicate, no-rinse wash for preserving these special items; click here to read more of her sage advice over on the Lingerie Journal website.

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!

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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

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One of the most recent #EucalanFan Giveaway winners!

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

 

Product Updates: Better Than Ever!

Since the introduction of our Jasmine scent, Wrapture, we have been pleased with the warm response this romantic fragrance has received from our fans. It seemed only natural (pun intended!) that we updated two of our best-loved products to include Wrapture!

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Our Gift Pack now includes 5 100mL bottles of Eucalan (one in each of our scent options); it is neatly packaged in a clear re-usable zipper bag that’s perfect for gift-giving. Include it with a cute baby item, beautiful lingerie or the lovely sweater you’ve knit.

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The Getaway Gang has been similarly updated to include all you see here: single-use pods in each of our five scents, our stain-treating Wipes, a miniature sewing kit, and a nail file. Everything is packages in a clear re-usable zip bag which is easy to stash in your suitcase to keep your garments in great shape while away from home.

 

As travel season kicks into high gear, we hope you’ll find these product updates handy for all of your on-the-go needs!

What’s New for Spring

Springtime is just around the corner! We are celebrating a bit early with our newly redesigned website, which makes us think of sunny days and spring flowers – we just know that the weather will follow suit any day now! We hope you’ll click here to visit eucalan.com & let us know what you think. Visit Eucalan.com to see our new & improved website! Celebrating a quarter of a century is quite the milestone, and if you missed our last blog post, then we’d like to invite you to help us celebrate with a very special trip taking place this fall. We’ll be joined by celebrity guest Kristin Omdahl as we journey from Berlin to Paris, knitting and crocheting the entire way! Space is limited, so click here for more details & to reserve your spot. Interweave Yarn FeSt Next month, we’ll be sponsoring an exciting event that’s taking place at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Loveland, CO: the Interweave Yarn Fest is making its debut April 16-19, 2015! This jam-packed weekend will include workshops, a marketplace, plus other activities. It’s a “must” for any fiber lover – whether you knit, spin, weave or crochet, there will be something for everyone! Click here to view more details on the Interweave Yarn Fest website. instagram Last but not least, we’re pleased to announce that Eucalan is now on Instagram! We’re already loving this visual way to connect with our friends and fans, so we hope you’ll click here to follow our account and share your favourite Eucalan photos, too! Be sure to tag @eucalan and use #eucalan in your description so that we can easily find your photo – who knows, we might even re-gram it to share with our own followers!