Manos Yarns in KALs

Category: Featured Projects

Have you ever noticed knitting and crocheting seem to have their own languages? SSK, K2tog, BO, CO, WIP, and FO are just a small sample of the lingo that enters your vocabulary with practice. Are you familiar with KAL? It is not part of pattern instructions but is the short-hand way to describe a group of knitters working on the same pattern (or pattern theme), at the same time. They are Knitting-ALong together, in person at a yarn shop or virtually through the Ravelry community. In this blog post, we’d like to spotlight customer projects that were made as part of a KAL in Manos del Uruguay yarns!

Jimmy Beans Wool recently hosted a Game of Thrones themed Mystery KAL on Ravelry.  This type of KAL has the added twist of the knitter not knowing the full pattern before knitting; sections of the pattern are released as clues in intervals. Catherinesm used Alegria for her Stormborn shawl and Pinkpussykat’s version, right, used Fino.

The Yarnathon is a year-long event hosted by eat.sleep.knit where knitters and crocheters increase their fiber stash while working on quarterly challenges. One challenge was to work on a “new to you technique”. CharliWilson’s Open Sweater in Silk Blend and ilovemycello’s Safety Scarf in Maxima each fit the bill.

 

The Loopy Ewe hosts a virtual summer camp during the summer months. Camp Loopy presents challenges for each month of camp and the participants KAL with a focus on a theme instead of a particular pattern. Tbear10’s Jungle Breeze and HattiesPurls’ Jaws, each in Serena, reference a favorite book or movie from childhood summers.

Knitting and crochet may seem like solitary activities on the surface but working on a project at the same time as another friend in fiber can keep you motivated to finish or to inspire your next project. Also, we should mention there are Spinalongs (SAL)! The above image is from knittingsarah’s Instagram; she’s spinning for Tour de Fleece with the Bluejay colorway of our Merino Roving. We’d love to hear about your KAL, CAL, and SAL experiences! Share your work or groups with us in our Ravelry group, on the Facebook page, or if you currently have a KAL WIP feel free to tag us on Instagram!

 

New Pattern Round-Up

Category: Featured Projects, Free patterns
Knitting is a relaxing activity for most, so it makes sense to continue that activity as the lazy days of Summer stretch out ahead of you. If you are planning on catching up on your favorite movies and shows near in air conditioned comfort or heading out into the sunshine, don’t forget to bring your projects with you. In this blog post Fairmount Fibers, the team that brings Manos del Uruguay yarns to you, is sharing the most recent patterns to include these wonderful yarns.
Quick to knit projects provide lots of satisfaction and now is a great time to start building your stash of cooler weather accessories! Franca, a bulky 100% superwash, is the newest Manos yarn to land on the shelves of your local yarn shop. There are three new free patterns available to make the most of this super-soft yarn: Honey Helmet, Weekend Cowl, and Esmeralda Hat & Scarf. Each pattern calls for one skein! We will be sure to post when new patterns for Franca are available. More project inspiration can also be found on our Pinterest board.

 

Susanna IC is the designer of the Grace Kelly Luxurious Beaded Shawl in Silver Screen Knits: Volume 2. The dramatic lace pattern and intricate beading are classically chic. Knit with two skeins of Lace for an accessory that is composed of baby alpaca for warmth and softness, silk for lustre, and cashmere for pure luxury! Another gorgeous option for Lace is Nereid, designed by Andrea Jurgrau, for New Vintage Lace. This is one of the more challenging projects in the book, with hex mesh and wonderful clusters. Beads are applied using a crochet hook.

Designer Grace Akhrem has done it again with two new patterns, each of which calls for Manos del Uruguay Maxima. The Riverbed Shawlette, shown left in M2020 Spirulina, can be knit in a worsted weight version with the Maxima, or a fingering weight version. The Peace Street Slouch and Beanie uses Maxima in M2349 Oxygen for the slouch style.
Serena is a lovely choice that truly spans the seasons. The Edmonia T-Shirt, by Amy Christoffers, is included in New American Knits. It makes for a light sweater, but would be great, as Amy suggests, with modifications to be longer as a tunic or with short sleeves for a summer top. Leticia, by Reiko Kuwamura, is a crescent-shaped shawl knit with 2 or 3 skeins of Serena. The baby alpaca and pima cotton blend allows for lovely drape and lightweight warmth.
Cheers to a wonderful summer with many many wonderful projects! Keep us posted on your progress and projects by sharing them in our Ravelry group, on our Facebook page, or tag us @manosyarns if you are Instagramming your adventures!