Clasica Limited-Edition Colors: September & October

Category: Clasica LE Colorways, New Stuff, Yarn Features

Have you had a chance to check out our new monthly series of Wool Clasica Limited-Edition Colors?

Each month, our head dyer Santiago creates a unique color that is dyed in extremely limited quantities. Once they’re gone, they’re gone, so to talk to your LYS to make sure they’re subscribing to this monthly series. Then be sure to stop by each month to see the latest colorway!

First, meet LE1 – the inaugural colorway for September 2011!

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If you’re lucky, you might be able to find a few skeins of this bright space-dyed color, perfect for fingerless gloves or a chunky cowl. Summery pink blends with autumnal oranges to create the perfect colorway for the changing seasons.  Santiago set the bar high with this one!

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If you missed out on September’s color, never fear – the second installment in the series is here!  Santiago created this muted neutral colorway for October, and we think it’s the perfect thing for your holiday crafting.  The subtle colors lend themselves to a variety of patterns and projects.

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This color has unisex appeal – for those hard-to-knit-for men in your life, you can’t go wrong with a simple scarf!  Or pair LE2 with a contrasting color from our wide range of choices for striking colorwork that is sure to be a memorable gift.

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Click here to view past colorways – we’ll update it each month with the latest photos!

We’ve also love to see what you’ve been making with these gotta-have-it colors!  Click here to post your FO photos in the Manos del Uruguay Ravelry Group!

New Pattern: Keeping Rosita Warm

Category: Free patterns, New Stuff

Ever since the Missoni for Target collection debuted in September, crafters of all persuasions have been revisiting the chevron motif made famous by this iconic Italian design house.

Our latest free pattern, Keeping Rosita Warm, captures the eclectic, colorful spirit of Missoni fabrics.  This easy-to-knit scarf looks great in bright colors – the amazing striped pattern will stop people on the street!

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You can make your own version of this striking chevron scarf using five colors of Manos del Uruguay Lace. It’s a great project for both semi-solids and space-dyed colors; three strands are held together and changed out to create this gorgeous color effect. Everyone’s Missoni-inspired wrap will be unique – though the instructions include the exact color sequence for the scarf shown, we encourage you to improvise your own color combinations and sequences.  Don’t forget to post your Finished Object photos in our Ravelry Group! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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Keeping Rosita Warm – designed by Nadia Severns
Shown in:
Manos del Uruguay Lace: L7602 Titania, L7805 Iridessa, L9111 Rani, L2330 Rhiannon, and L2394 Nerida Teal.
Gauge: 16 stitches and 18 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch
Needle size: US 9 – 5.5 mm
Yardage: 2195 yards (2007 m) (1 ball of each color)
Sizes available: One Size – 8” wide x 71” long

Click here to download PDF from Ravelry | Click here to download PDF from Fairmount Fibers site

Happy Spinning and Weaving Week!

Category: Featured Projects

We hope you enjoyed Spinning and Weaving Week last week (Oct. 3-9)!   You may already be familiar with the joys of knitting or crocheting with Manos del Uruguay‘s yarns, but did you know that many of our yarns are also fantastic for weaving?

Woven scarves are a fantastic way to use up your Manos stash, and our space-dyed colors look exceptionally great when woven.  Here are some recent FO’s we’ve come across on Ravelry:

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These two scarves were woven by Osage, each one using two contrasting colors of Silk Blend.  We love the effect created by combining two contrasting space-dyed colors (top) or two semi-solid colors (bottom) together!

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Clairedesbruyeres‘ woven scarf also uses Silk blend – apparently the ‘it’ yarn for fall!  The combination of a space-dyed with semi-solid creates an intriguing pattern, don’t you think?

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Coastergirl‘s Wool Clasica scarf has an interesting detail and makes great use of the natural variations within the space-dyed colors.

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Last but not least, Judith Shangold’s Canyon Jacket is an impressive garment woven in Wool Clasica. Over the years, Judith has designed some truly unique garments and heirloom-quality home decor with our yarns. Judith was the US distributor for Manos del Uruguay until 2007; she now lives in the Boston area and designs her own pattern line, Designs By Judith. Her design catalogue includes knitting patterns for women, men, children and home as well as designs, shapes and schematics for weaving garments (click here for more details!).  Look for her latest creation in the Jan/Feb issue of Handwoven.   She also teaches weaving and notes that Clasica, Silk Blend, and Serena are all great to weave with – in fact, Wool Clasica was originally a weaving yarn before anybody thought to knit with it!