Spotlight on Gloria

Category: New Stuff, Yarn Features

In North America, many knitters and crocheters are looking forward to the return of autumn and working with a favorite wool. Equally exciting is when a new yarn from a favorite yarn company arrives in the local yarn shop. Gloria, the newest addition to the Manos del Uruguay yarn collection, is that new yarn!

Manos del Uruguay Gloria

Gloria is a classic three-ply worsted weight yarn, with a bouncy twist and super squishy hand. This 100% merino superwash wool comes in a generous put-up of approximately 219 yards in each 100g skein. Blankets, baby items, cowls, and sweaters are just a few of the patterns for which Gloria will be a perfect choice.

Gloria Color Inspiration Collage

Photos of Uruugay by Matteo Fogale and Laetitia de Allegri.
Yarn (clockwise from top left) Natural, Cachilo, Hibisco, Noche, and Vereda)

The color options for Gloria are the result of the work of Matteo Fogale and Laetitia de Allegri, two up-and-coming young designers. Last summer they visited Uruguay and expressed interest in working with the time honored crafts and traditional skills, wool and woodwork in particular. Over a month, they embarked on a road trip through Uruguay, making a stop in Algorta, where one of the Manos cooperatives is located. They spent some time with the artisans there, learning about their work and a bit about hand-weaving. The pictures they took are small pieces of the Uruguayan landscape, and provided the inspiration for the colorways. In the collage above, only five are shown. Gloria is available in sixteen colorways!

Gloria Yarn photo by FibreSpace on Instagram

We enjoy seeing the glorious Gloria make its way out into the shops across the country. If your shop has recently opened their shipment, encourage them to share with us and we can all share in the excitement! Or if you have brought several hanks of Gloria into your stash,  we’d love to hear about your color choices and pattern plans. We are ever ready in the Ravelry group, on Facebook and Twitter, as well as Instagram!

Mid-Summer Pattern Round-Up

Category: Featured Projects, New Stuff

Today Fairmount Fibers would like to share with you a round-up of recently published patterns, perfect for travel or simply relaxing in your favorite location near the pool, at the park, or on your porch! Each of these patterns calls for Manos del Uruguay yarns that are a blend of fibers, you won’t be sweating under a pile of wool on your lap. Remember, the projects you start today will be the finished objects you reach for this fall!

Checkerboard Lace Scarf Tree and Leaf Pullover

Look for these two designs in the August 2015 issue of I Like Knitting. Angelia Robinson’s Checkerboard Lace Scarf is knit in a simple lace pattern in Manos Serena. This scarf will be one to use over and over again. The Tree and Leaf Pullover, by Ela Torrente, is inspired by fairy tales to create an asymmetrical, seamless cardigan in Manos Silk Blend.

Pineapple Cardigan in Manos Serena Wavelength Beanie in Manos Silk Blend

Time-honored pineapple lace gets an update with this modern crochet cardigan. Manos Serena is a wonderful season-spanning choice for this lightweight summer cardigan. This Pineapple Cardigan, designed by Angelia Robinson, is found in the August 2015 issue of I Like Crochet. Give crochet post stitches a chance with the Wavelength Beanie, by Sharon Zientara, included in the new Quick Crocheted Accessories book. This makes a great on-the-go pattern for your favorite guy or gal, worked up in two skeins of Manos Silk Blend.

Manos del Uruguay Gloria

Additionally, keep an eye out at your local yarn shop for the arrival of Gloria, a new yarn Fairmount Fibers is pleased to bring to North America from Manos del Uruguay. Gloria is a 100% superwash merino worsted weight, three-ply yarn, we are confident you will love!  As always, we will be sharing more news about this wonderful new yarn on our Facebook page, Twitter feed, in the Ravelry group, and sharing stash acquisition and shop arrival photos on Instagram.