Viva La Lana! (Wool Alive!)

Category: Translated posts

Did you ever see a public art exhibit in which a collection of statues or figures are all decorated, and then usually auctioned off to raise money for a charity?  Around the globe there have been exhibits of Cow Parades, Mr. Potato Heads, and many other animals and creatures. Manos del Uruguay, which, in addition to having yarn, also sells hand-knitted sweaters and such at stores all over the country, is also (through June 30) presenting the exhibition “Sheep”, which is a display of 30 sheep-sized figures decorated and designed by a variety of artists. Viva la Lana is a celebration around wool and natural fibers, creating a new awareness of wool as a national resource and cultural element.

You can see more of the display at the Viva La Lana website (click here for a translated version) or as part of the photo album on their Facebook page.

How would you design such a sheep? We love to read your comments here on the blog, in our Ravelry group, on our Facebook page, or tweet us @ManosYarns.

LE9: Blue Pop

Category: Clasica LE Colorways

The latest Limited Edition Wool Clasica colorway is right on trend with subtle neutral and a bold pop of color.  Do not hesitate to purchase enough for your project if this colorway draws you in; once it’s gone, it’s gone!

You may view past & current LE colors on Ravelry, Facebook and the Fairmount Fibers Website.

For your inspiration, here is a peek at some projects that Ravelry users have created using Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica – any would look great in LE9!

(From left to right: Baby hat by lexuslinda, Jellyfish by kathleenalice, Baby blanket by ShawnaE)

I Love You Mom!

Category: Featured Projects, Translated posts

The second Sunday in May is designated as “Mother’s Day” here in the United States.  It is a day to honor mothers and celebrate them.  Looking forward to that day this weekend, we would like to share with you a recent post from the Manos del Uruguay blog, “Te Quiero Mama”.  The windows showcase designs and woven garments created by the artisans for the local markets and brands throughout the world.

Manos del Uruguay is hosting a contest on their Facebook page (note, this is a separate page from the Manos del Uruguay Yarns Facebook page!) They have collected photo submissions of moms and the one with the most “Likes” will win a $2500 prize from the shops!

Maybe your Mom would like something special created by your hands using Manos del Uruguay yarns? We try to share inspiring projects here on our blog and others also share their projects in our Ravelry group.  By searching the projects on Ravelry completed in Manos del Uruguay yarns and including “Mom” or “for Mom” as a search term you can have a peek at the items others have crafted with Mom in mind.

Flower Scarf

The Flower Scarf designed by Robin Diliberto, knit by gaylynsdesigns using Manos del Uruguay Serena.

Garden View Shawlette / Miss Ourlet

The Garden View Shawlette designed by Tracey Withanee, knit by Miss Ourlet in Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend.

Kindle Cozy Ravelry User: wewantmore

A kindle pocket, designed by Tahira Probst and knit by wewantmore using Manos del Uruguay Maxima.

A Scallop Lace Hat designed by Leah Coccari-Swift and knit by crscntmoon in Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend.

These are just a few, free, quick projects your mom might enjoy.  Have you created something from the heart for your mother this year? We would love to hear about it and see pictures!  Let us know with a comment here on the blog, in our Ravelry group, send us a tweet or post to our Facebook page! We wish all moms a “Happy Mother’s Day!”

Sophisticated Serena

Category: Featured Projects, New Stuff

The seasons are changing and maybe your needles are yearning for something new? There are many great designs out on newsstands now that may be just the thing. Our Serena yarn is used in all of the following patterns.  Serena is a popular choice as a lightweight, whisper-soft yarn for trans-seasonal knitting.  It combines two luxury fibers:  baby alpaca and pima cotton.  The alpaca gives beautiful drape, and the cotton year-round wearability.  Together, both fibers produce softly heathered color effects.  The supple fabric is perfect for simple shapes as well as the tucks and gathers of so many contemporary designs. Serena comes in twenty-four different semi-solid colorways and eight space-dyed colorways for you to create your unique garment.

Above left: “Circle Top” in the new special crochet issue of Vogue Knitting by Mari Lynn Patrick
Amounts: 3 hanks each in #2144 flamingo and #2621 boysenberry, 1 hank each in #2609 peony, #2110 zinnia, and #2100 hummingbird
Above center: The 2012 Summer issue of Knitscene has the lovely “Ginkgo Counterpanes Shawl” by Paula B. Levy.  Amounts: 4 skeins #7325 deep sea
Above right:  The “Seaglass Shell” by Daniela Nii is found in the Summer issue of Interweave Knits.  Amounts: 4 (4, 5, 5, 6) skeins #2347 dusk.

Manos del Uruguay yarns are also found in the online magazine Twist Collective.  The Spring / Summer 2012 issue has a top by Kristen TenDyke, “Ceylon“.  Amounts: 4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7) skeins in #2110 Zinnia.

Any of these would make a great addition to your wardrobe and we would love to see what you create! You can share your work in our Ravelry group or on our Facebook page and see what other Fair Trade fiber fans are talking about!