Project Inspiration

Category: Featured Projects

Earlier this month, Manos del Uruguay / Fairmount Fibers attended The National Needlearts Association trade show in San Diego, California. We enjoy the chance to talk to yarn shop owners and designers as well as display the newest designs in our pattern collection. A portion of the display is shown at left; these are a selection of the designs by Heather Zoppeti, our featured designer. We will be sure to announce when the patterns are ready to purchase, so stay tuned!


Now is a great time to start thinking about projects that will keep you cozy as the weather fluctuates. The lighter color palettes can seem like a breath of fresh air, even if the colder temperatures keep you inside and under a pile of wool.

Tian is the pattern featured on the cover of the newest issue of Let’s Knit! Charlotte Walford designed these mitts in Fino with an all over fair isle pattern inspired by blue and white china. The Mallory Hills Shawlette, also knit in Fino, is in the Spring 2014 issue of Knitscene. This shawl, part of her collection as this issue’s featured designer, is knit from end to end, as the lace, chosen by Corrina Ferguson, gently moves from side to side.

A few projects posted on Ravelry caught our eye recently. From left to right, Woolnutzi’s Wedding Shawl in Lace, theleagalbeagle’s Mint Julep in Maxima, and jennabie’s Morning Dew Scarf crocheted in Maxima.

For even more project inspiration, and to share your work with other Manos enthusiasts, click on over to our Ravelry group!

Intentional Indulgence

Category: Featured Projects

We agree with the idea of doing something special for yourself now that the holidays are over. Why not indulge in a special skein or two of a luxurious Manos del Uruguay yarn you might have fondled at the yarn shop or admired online? Remember, with each purchased skein of Manos del Uruguay yarn you will be helping a woman to support her family. We have gathered a selection of free patterns that call for 1-2 skeins of Fino, Serena, or Lace.

Fino combines the softness of merino wool with the lustre of silk in a lightweight yarn that’s perfect for heirloom accessories or luxurious garments. The Martine Hat, by Lisa R. Myers, features a stitch pattern that will hold your interest right through the crown decreases. Cowl Freyja, by Camille Coizy, is simply stunning if you choose to wear it doubled or long, with the bead details or without.

The weather that has started 2014 has been interesting to say the least, with much of North America experiencing wild fluctuations in temperatures. Serena is season-spanning blend of pima cotton and baby alpaca with fantastic drape, perfect for lightweight layering of warmth. The Simple Sideways Triangle Scarf will nicely showcase either the tonal shades or space-dyed variegation of each colorway, making this a go-to accessory. Fingerless gloves are not just for outside wear! The Lady Violet’s Dinner Gauntlets are completely appropriate to wear inside, working at the computer, reading, or working on your next project. The ones shown here were made by needlemania.

Your finest work deserves the finest fiber! This isn’t just any lace yarn:  it’s composed of baby alpaca for warmth and softness, silk for lustre, and cashmere for pure luxury.  TrudyG knit this version of the Mirabelle Lace Scarf. The pattern, once established, is easy to remember, making for an enjoyable project. Start now on the Ethereal Tank and have it ready to wear when warmer days return or wear it under a cardigan or jacket now!

For even more inspiration be sure to check out our Pinterest boards and see what others have made in our Ravelry group. We welcome your posts to our Facebook page as well – let us know what is on your needles for you!