Must Make a Mentolat

Category: Featured Projects, Yarn Features
The Fairmount Fibers team enjoys bringing the wonderful Manos del Uruguay yarns to North America.  Being surrounded by yarn, it is difficult to not think about which colorways would look best in each of the patterns we have. Mentolat is a pattern by Jocelyn J. Tunney that calls for 6 different colorways of Silk Blend: 300G Coffee, 3044 Briar, 3019 Dove, 3082 Shocking, 3202 Zinnia, and 3203 Tomato. We took a quick survey in-house to provide you with additional colorway inspirations!


Colorway 1: Jocelyn’s Pick

Colors from left to right: 3210 Tahiti, 3078 Kelly, 3079 Chartreuse, 3218 Silver, 3031 Nickel, 3059 Kohl

“This combines some of my favorite Silk Blend colors – Tahiti (one of our newer colors that I’ve been dying to work into something), Kelly (taps into my strange affection for vibrant grassy greens), Chartreuse (flourescent – need I say more?), and GREYS! Can’t get enough of every kind of grey (including our new-for-Fall-2014 Silver 3218).”


Colorway 2: Lisa’s Pick


Colors from left to right: 3044 Briar, 3019 Dove, 3014 Natural, 3218 Silver, 3214 Oxygen, 3029 Steel

“I liked the neutrals of the original but wanted to cool them down, so I started with 3029 Steel (possibly my favorite of all the Silk Blend colors).  From there, Oxygen and Silver were easy choices.  I think the set has a peaceful, watery feeling.  Time to cast on!”
Colorway 3: Brenna’s Pick

Colors from left to right: 3068 Citric, 300X Topaz, 3019 Dove, 3014 Natural, 3071 Wisteria, 3213 Countess Violet

“This combination seemed like the perfect blend of Spring and Fall, my two favorite seasons. I liked the added pop of rich jewel tones with the delicate, feminine purples and neutrals.”

If only there were more time in the day to actually knit! Which colorways would you put together for a Mentolat? Let us know in our Ravelry group (there’s even a Mentolat thread!), on our Facebook page, or tag us in an Instagram picture with your project ready to go!

Single Skein Projects

Category: Featured Projects

Single skeins of yarn are the seed of any proper yarn stash. Maybe you selected that one skein as a souvenir or you couldn’t resist the color, or that is all the budget allowed. The question then presents itself: “What can you make with one skein of yarn?” All of the yarn in the Manos del Uruguay line have generous yardages that allow for ample choice in selecting a project. In this blog post, we will spotlight patterns and projects made with just one skein of yarn!

On we have a dedicated page for our free patterns. That page is where you can find our newest patterns for Franca, where one 114 yard skein will be enough to knit a Weekend Cowl or a Honey Helmet. The bonus of bulky yarn is the resulting quick gratification project and a conservative use of your time and money! Presented here are Ravelry users woolnutzi’s Instant Baby Jacket in Mykonos and julesunder’s Another Montebello (check her project page for modifications) in Bebe.


Now is a great time of year to start on the accessories that will keep you cozy with weather changes. Each skein of Wool Clasica has around 138 yards and is a hearty single-ply yarn that gives great rustic texture to chunky outerwear and accessories. Newly added free patterns on are Elizabethtown, shown in Olive, and Cold Brook, shown in Thistle.

Cablework tends to use up more yarn, but only one skein of Silk Blend (with 150 yards) is called for in the Hasbroucks fingerless gloves, designed by Elisabeth Nields, shown here in Briar. Serena has a slightly larger yardage, 170 yards, and a great accessory that only needs one skein of this yarn is the Alfajor hat pattern by Lisa R. Myers.

Super-soft merino fiber and a light single-ply construction make Maxima a cuddly yarn. The 219 yards makes it a great choice for a hat with an extra special design twist, as in the new free pattern by Melissa LaBarre, Peasleeville. This sample is knit in Zinnia. We spotted several lovely shawlettes knit in one skein of Maxima following the 198 yards of Heaven pattern, offered for free by designer Christy Verity. This is a pattern that looks nice in a semi-solid, as knit by jaybee2957, or in a variegated, as knit by Kernowgirl.

For the larger put-ups of our finer weight yarns, Lace (439 yards) and Alegria (445 yards) finding a one-skein project should not prove to be a difficult task.  Nereid, in the recently published New Vintage Lace is stunning in Lace. Ash Alberg is offering her new pattern, Double Scoop, free for a limited time (see the Ravelry page for details); the pattern, with different patterned sections will nicely showcase the Alegria colorways!

Are you surprised that the Manos yarn with the highest yardage is Fino? 490 yards per 100g skein is plenty for a variety of projects! The Fall 2014 Interweave Knits includes the Milkweed Shawl pattern by Nikki Van De Car, a gorgeous one skein pattern.

Have you turned a single skein of Manos into something simply fantastic? We’d love to see your projects and hope that you’d share the inspiration with others in our Ravelry group or on our Facebook page! You can also tag @ManosYarns in your Instagram photos.