Spin Your Own Manos

Category: New Stuff

Introducing our latest addition to the Manos line: 100% extrafine merino roving braids hand-dyed in our artisanal co-ops!  Handspinners and needle-felters are in for a treat; not only is this super-soft fiber a pleasure in your hands, it’s dyed to match six of our most popular existing colorways.  There’s no better way to explore your creativity than making your own yarn; with our new roving, you will embark on a joint project with the artisans who painted it by hand.  As you spin it into yarn, you become a part of the Manos story!

If you’ve ever wanted to make your own Manos, now is your chance.  Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

  • Use your handspun to knit a collar or edging onto a garment made with your favorite Manos yarn.
  • Crochet a coordinating border onto a sweater, blanket or scarf with your handspun yarn.
  • Needle felt embroidered accents onto your felting project
  • Make thrummed mittens with your favorite Manos yarn & colorway

We can’t wait to see what everyone makes with our new roving; feel free to leave a comment with your own creative ideas on this blog post!

Be sure to ask for it at your local yarn shop.

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LE 5 & The #77 Dream Hat

Category: Clasica LE Colorways, Free patterns

Start the new year off right with the latest offering in our Wool Clasica Limited-Edition series!  This month, Santiago created a bold, bright variegated colorway:

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It’s the perfect antidote for a long winter – and wouldn’t it look cute knit up as the #77 Dream Hat?

Carolyn Kern designed our Wool Clasica design contest grand prize winner! The #77 Dream Hat uses 1 skein of Clasica and features a simple fan lace stitch pattern and earflaps.  Click here for more of Carolyn’s fun designs!

You may view past LE Colors here on the Fairmount Fibers Website.  Be sure to check out our latest free patterns for Clasica, too!

Textured Stitches

Category: Uncategorized

There’s a great multi-season sleeveless top using Serena in the fantastic new book by Connie Chang Chinchio, Textured Stitches.

The Jennifer Shell features simple shaping and a stylish pleated collar detail that’s perfect for any occasion!  Such classic hallmarks of Connie’s designs are perfect complements to Serena‘s luxurious blend of baby alpaca and pima cotton.  This lightweight shell is ideal for work and play and designed for maximum wearability. We think it would look great in any of our semi-solid & space-dyed colorways – we can’t wait to see what everyone chooses!

Image © Joe Hancock

Shown in: Serena (60% alpaca, 40% cotton; 170 yd 155 m/50 g): #2246 oyster (taupe), 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6) skeins.
Needles:
Body: size U.S. 5 (3.75 mm): 24” (60 cm) circular; Pleats: size U.S. 4 (3.5 mm): 24” (60 cm) circular
Finished Size:
About 33 (35, 38, 43, 47, 50)” (84, 89, 96.5, 109, 119.5, 127 cm) bust circumference.  Shell shown measures 35” (89 cm).

Winners!

Category: Uncategorized

We have our winners from last week’s contest. The Random Number Generator Chose:

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Rav user CabledCrusader’s comment “Hellotrope and man-708 are my favorites!”

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Jenn’s comment: “Ooh! I love, love, love the Stellar colorway! Thanks for the chance to win! (I’m bluej on Ravelry)”

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ELP’s comment:  “My favorite Manos color is 116. :D Yay TOK Giveaway.”

Your pattern will be sent to your Ravelry ID or e-mail account as soon as possible. Thanks to everyone who entered!