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ImagiKnit

Things We Like: Eucalan

November 02, 2017

Customers always ask us questions about cleaning handknits.  Our answer: Eucalan!  

Eucalan

Eucalan is non-toxic, biodegradeable and free of phosphates, synthetic fragrance and dye. The name Eucalan is a combination of the two major ingredients from the original formula (eucalyptus and lanolin). They've since added lavender (which, like eucalyptus, has moth-repelling properties), grapefruit (which has natural disinfectant properties), jasmine (called 'Wrapture') and an unscented version.  Eucalan is scented with only essential oils. 

Fun fact: the lanolin in Eucalan is a natural conditioner for wool. This helps increase the loft of the fiber and decrease the itchiness of wool by relaxing the wool barbs. 

We love the variety of scents and we especially love that it needs no rising! This means less handling of the wool which helps avoid matting/felting.

Here's how we use it:

Add a capful of Eucalan to a basin.
Fill with cool water.
Completely submerge item, gently squeeze to incorporate water and soak for 15-20 minutes.
Pull item out of water, roll in a towel and squeeze (we like to step on it) to remove excess water.
Block/lay flat to dry. 
Easy peasy! 
 

If you have a top loading machine, you can add a capful of Eucalan to the machine and fill. Add item and soak (DO NOT AGITATE) for 15-20 minutes. Spin to remove water. Block/lay flat to dry. 

We also like to add a couple of drops to our spray bottle that we use for spray blocking.  It's not just for handknits!  Eucalan is perfect for baby items, lingerie and  other delicate items. 

Since no rinsing is needed, Eucalan is perfect for travel!  Stash a couple of sample packets in your luggage and you've got a simple way to wash handknits and delicates away from home. 

Posted by ImagiKnit Corp in Shop News, Things We Like

Things We Like: Stitch Markers

October 31, 2017

Stitch markers can make your knitting and crocheting easier!  And they can jazz up your works in progress too!  Check out some of the different types we carry: 

Top to bottom, left to right:
Clover 3150 Triangle Stitch Markers
HiyaHiya Yarn Ball Stitch Markers
ImagiKnit Colored Locking Stitch Markers
Katrinkles Stitch Markers
HiyaHiya Locking Stitch Markers
Lantern Moon Stitch Markers
Paradise Stitch Markers
Susan Bates Heart Stitch Markers
Clover 3107 Soft Stitch Ring Markers

 

How do stitch markers make projects easier?  They're invaluable for marking the beginning of a round. 

You can also use them to mark where to increase or decrease, to show pattern repeats, or even to help count when casting on a large number of stitches (e.g. place a stitch marker every 25 stitches). They're perfect to hold a dropped stitch until you can fix it. Some markers even have little clips and include a perforated notepad so you can keep track of rows (Clover 3165 shown below):

Clover 3165

They're not just for knitting! Stitch markers are perfect to keep track of rounds or holding pieces together (locking stitch markers) when crocheting amigurumi too!

They're great little accessories that we can't live without!  Interested in seeing more? Click here

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Things We Like: Bibbe and Arranmore Light

October 26, 2017

We're big fans of boxy sweaters so it's no surprise that we absolutely fell in love with Bibbe by Meghan Kelly.

 

The pattern calls for The Fibre Co. Arranmore Light, a thinner version of customer favorite Arranmore.  It's super soft with a beautiful tweedy look.

Arranmore Light 

Bibbe is worked in pieces from the bottom up. There's some short row shaping for the shoulders. The sweater is finished with 3-needle bind-off at the shoulders and mattress stitch to join the sides.

Bibbe is so cute with a skirt, as pictured. Imagine how adorable this would be with jeans and boots!  This can be your go-to cozy sweater for fall and winter. 

Click here for the pattern. Click here for the yarn. 

Posted by ImagiKnit Corp in Shop News, Things We Like