What’s in a Name?

Category: Yarn Features

If you have encountered Alegria at your local yarn shop, or are stashing it for a special project, you understand how appropriate the name is. Alegria means “joy” in Spanish. The colorways of Alegria are bright and playful across the spectrum. Have you wondered about the colorway names? The Manos del Uruguay co-operative names them, and we want to take this opportunity to share a few of the references.

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A9862 Jacaranda (left) is a genus of flowering plants that range in size from shrub to tree with blue or blue-purple flowers. A6729 Tannat (center) is a red-wine grape grown widely in Uruguay. A9741 Glicinas (right) is what we know in North America as Wisteria.

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A8686 Ceibo (left) is the national tree of Argentina, often planted in parks and has bright red flowers. A9630 Rambla Sur (center) is an avenue along the coastline of Montevideo from the south of the Ciudad Vieja up to Parque Rodó. A9239 Periquito (right) is a budgie, or common pet parakeet.

a9452-candombeA9452 Candombe brings together the colors of the costumes and the drums from the Candombe. Candombe is a Uruguayan music and dance style originating with African slaves. UNESCO has recognized this important aspect of the Uruguayan culture and has included it on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. You can see Candombe performed regularly in the streets of old Montevideo’s south neighborhood in January and February, during Carnival.

If you’d like to see more video of Candombe, click here or here! Does knowing the references for colorway names inspire you to pair them with a particular project? Let us know by leaving a comment on this blog post, in our Ravelry group or on our Facebook page!

Amazing Alegria

Category: Yarn Features

Alegria continues to be true to its name. In Spanish, Alegria means “Joy” and we’re thrilled that so many fans of Manos del Uruguay yarns are finding joy in working with the easy-care blend of ultra-soft superwash merino with durable polyamide.  The generous yardage in each skein provides plenty of options when selecting a project. There are currently more than 1000 projects using Alegria in Ravelry; here we are sharing just a few of them to inspire you!

Socks are a natural choice for Alegria. The colorways range from bold to subtle, but are all vibrant and beautiful, never boring. Here are just a few of the sock projects of which we have taken notice lately. From left to right: LaGitana’s Alegria de Los Calcetines, Ceefah’s Rib Fantastic Socks, and Susan360’s Herringbone.

Even though Alegria is a fingering-weight sock yarn, you do not have to make socks! Alegria is incredibly soft, you’ll love it for next-to-skin items. The Esquina Cowl is a free pattern available from Fairmount Fibers; the mitered pattern keeps the colors moving along each row and avoids unwanted pooling or flashing. There are a number small shawl projects for which Alegria is a great choice! Martina Behm’s Hitchhiker pattern is one of the most popular patterns using Alegria; in the center is fatcatknitting’s project. Alegria is an easy-care yarn, making it a wonderful choice for baby items. On the right is a Wasabi Baby Hat knit by ethamanishi.

While browsing Ravelry, we also came across several unique projects using Alegria! From left to right: Naramoon’s Sleepy Time, AuntTallulah’s Happy Hippo Sistas: The Funky One, and kimbaruski’s Piper’s Technicolor Romper. Have you shared your project in our Ravelry group yet?