2015 Spring Collection

Category: Featured Projects, New Stuff

Are you experiencing the Winter Blahs? Fairmount Fibers is excited to share the 2015 Spring pattern collection with you. These projects in Manos Serena, Silk Blend, Fino and Lace are sure to be a breath of fresh air to rejuvenate your knitting mojo! We love to hear about how you are enjoying the Manos del Uruguay yarns. When you have a moment, we encourage you to share those projects with us on the social media channel of your choice: Facebook, Ravelry, Twitter, or Instagram!

Spring Collection part 1This season’s featured designer is Ruth Garcia-Alcantud. Sweater designs include (clockwise from top left) Calida, Azahar, and Blanca. Accessory designs include the Dorada shawl (bottom left) and Maresme cowl & mitts (bottom center).

Spring 2015 Collection Part 2Also included in the collection are (clockwise from top left) the Galicia sweater by Emma Welford, Asturias shawl by Lisa R. Myers, Marisco wrap by Jocelyn J. Tunney, and Vasca cowl by Heather Zoppetti. Cast on for a new project and let yourself be distracted by the wonderful yarns, colorways and the process of making your next project!

Special with Silk

Category: Yarn Features

We have noticed a fair number of knitters and crocheters indulging in selfish projects this month. A true treat as winter settles in is to select something special from your queue and cast on with a yarn containing a bit of silk in it. Fairmount Fibers is proud to bring several yarn choices to your local yarn shop: Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend, Fino, and Lace.

Vana Shrug Melimoyu

Elegant and refined, 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. Fino features a new dye process that yields complex, subtle, tonal colors. Vana Shrug, by Teresa Gregorio in the Spring 2015 Knitscene, features lace edges and raglan shaping, is perfectly suited for any spring day, rain or shine. Melimoyu, designed by Varian Brandon, is a fabulous opportunity to explore colorwork.

Theodora Shawl Bizcocho

This isn’t just any lace yarn:  it’s composed of baby alpaca for warmth and softness, silk for shine, and cashmere for pure luxury. Your finest work deserves the finest fiber! The Theodora Shawl is a free pattern designed by Lisa R. Myers in two skeins of Lace. Soft and shiny, Silk Blend gives good stitch definition to cables and other texture patterns. Its jewel-like colors work beautifully in stranded colorwork designs. An interesting example of this comes in to play with Heather Zoppetti’s design, Bizcocho, a sweater worked in Silk Blend, with the contrast colors of the yoke worked in Lace.

AngrySriLankan westbourne-kinu-love Muzsi Purple Caramel Shawl Knutty67 Cabled Vest

On the left, the westbourne pattern, was knit by Ravelry user AngrySriLankan, using Manos Lace for the main colorway in combination with Habu Textiles Tsugumi Silk for the contrasting stripes. Ravelry user Mutszi, used two skeins of Fino in the Purple Caramel shawl project (center). We are looking forward to the pattern release of this design! Silk Blend is stunning as a showcase for textural work like knutty67’s Cabled Vest.

Are you enjoying January with projects just for you? We love hearing about all the projects you make and look forward to hearing from you in our Ravelry group or on our Facebook page! Feel free to also tag us on Twitter, too! If you’re looking for more inspiration click over to the Patterns page on the Fairmount Fibers website!




Winter Pattern Round-Up

Category: Featured Projects

The holiday rush is behind us and with the new year underway, thoughts are turning to the next project. That project could be something small and quick-to-finish, or something that enables a new skill set like colorwork. In this post we’re rounding up the recently published patterns that fit the bill, all Manos del Uruguay Maxima!


Kate Bostwick’s fabulous colorwork sweater, Siffleur, debuted in the Winter 2014 Twist Collective.  This pullover is worked in the round from the bottom to the armholes using the stranded colorwork technique.The sleeves are knit separately to the armhole, then joined to the body, and the yoke is worked seamlessly to the neckband. The colorwork pattern is given in chart form only. Depending on size, the following amounts and colorways of Maxima are required:

  • 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 7) skeins in #M2680 Sea Urchin (A)
  • 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3) skeins in #M2590 Natural (B)
  • 1 skein in #M2020 Spirulina (C)



Hay Bale HatHay Bale headband

Laura Nelkin’s Hay Bale Hat and Headband pattern each start with the Hay Bale Stitch, a textural band created by elongating stitches on one row and then wrapping them with your working yarn to create a mini Hay Bale on the next. Then ribbing organically grows out of it into the hat or headband. Each version is a fun project in Manos Maxima, shown above in M2152 Cherrywood (hat) and M2680 Sea Urchin (headband).

Roku Hats

You may better know designer Olga Buraya-Kefelian under her brand name Olgajazzy with innovative designs. This hat was thoroughly developed in a quest for a perfectly ribbed beanie (Roku means ribbed in Japanese), one that would suit anyone – man, woman or child. Smart shaping options and a choice to work it longer, shorter, or adding accessories allows you to create the perfect hat for your favorite person. Super-soft merino fiber and a light single-ply construction make Maxima a cuddly yarn and perfect for hats. Samples shown here are knit in the following colorways (clockwise from top left): M2445 Royal, M2175 Shocking, M2431 Helium, M2060 Highlighter, and M2110 Zinnia.

Zipper Scarf

The Zipper Scarf, by Xandy Peters, is a unisex sideways knit scarf with a unique ripple pattern. Inspired by the dots and curves in Aboriginal art, the wave motif provides a great foundation for any color combo. It looks great in dark colors or brights, making it bold or subtle.Three colorways of Maxima are used: M2290 Dark Chocolate, M2122 Mahogany, and M2680 Sea Urchin.


We’d love to know, what’s your first Manos del Uruguay project for 2015? Is it a pattern from Fairmount Fibers or a a design of your own? We’d love to hear from you on our Facebook page or in our Ravelry group!