Spotlight on Heather Zoppetti

Category: Guest Bloggers, Yarn Features
Heather Zoppetti in her Feroce hat, knit in Manos Maxima Trifoglio Shawl in Manos del Uruguay Fino
Fairmount Fibers is proud to have established relationships with so many talented designers. In today’s post we’d like to put a spotlight on designer Heather Zoppetti. In the top photo she’s wearing her Feroce hat, knit in Manos Maxima. The Trifoglio Shawl is Heather’s latest design in Manos del Uruguay Fino. We reached out to Heather asking if she would share a bit of her background and experience working with Manos del Uruguay yarns. She was generous and kind with her time and we’re pleased to share her responses with you!
Dahlia Cardigan, designed by Heather Zoppetti, in Manos Serena
How did you first come to work with Manos yarns?
I first started designing with Manos yarns when I used Serena for my Dahlia Cardigan in Interweave Knits, Fall 2011. When Lisa sent me the yarn we realized that I live very close to the distributor, Fairmount Fibers, and so we began working together on various projects. I did a small collection for them and have tried to contribute to their pattern lines on a regular basis.
Heather Zoppetti designs in Manos Yarns

Top: Ricardito in Maxima, left, and Flan in Fino, right.
Bottom, left to right: Dulche de Leche in Serena, Tarta in Silk Blend, Bizcocho in Silk Blend

How did you get started knitting and designing? Who taught you?

I taught myself to knit from a book during college. My roommate wanted to learn to crochet, but I had tried that before without success, so she picked up crochet and I learned knitting. I think fell into designing like most other designers…I couldn’t knit a pattern without changing it. Soon I was changing so much, I decided I might as well simply design my own pattern just the way I wanted.
 Vasca, designed by Heather Zoppetti, in Manos Serena
Do you have a favorite yarn or colorway in the Manos Yarn line?
This is a hard question! So many of the colors are simply gorgeous. Right now I’m really into blues and greens, so I’m going to say my favorite color is Steel. My favorite base is probably Serena because it’s so unique. It’s such a curious blend of alpaca and cotton. It’s got a great drape and the perfect hand—really lovely to work with. Shown above is the Vasca cowl in Manos Serena.
Millersville Blouse, in Manos Serena, by Heather Zoppetti  Spathe in Manos Serena
Where do you draw inspiration from?
Inspiration is everywhere. Sometimes something as simple as a color or a shape will spark an idea; other times a stitch pattern will jump out at me. Sometimes the yarn itself tells me exactly what it wants to be. Shown above left, the Millersville Blouse in Serena, and right, the Spathe Shawl in Silk Blend.
Heather Zoppetti accessories in Manos Yarns

Tromen Cowl in Maxima, and Rocha hat in Wool Clasica

Do you have any Manos yarns currently on your needles?
I do! I’m currently working on three accessories for fall. Of course they are secret…
We are looking forward to sharing Heather’s new designs this fall, stay tuned! Until then, cast on one of her designs in your favorite Manos del Uruguay yarn today!

 

New Free Patterns in Manos Yarns

Category: Free patterns

Spring is a time to refresh and try something new – a new yarn or maybe a new pattern technique. Today we’d like to share with you several new patterns that spotlight the unique qualities of Manos del Uruguay yarns. These cowl patterns are available as free PDF downloads from Fairmountfibers.com, the U.S. distributor of the Manos yarn line.

Free Cowl Patterns for Manos Yarns

These 1-2 skein projects will work up quickly and we look forward to seeing your progress pictures on Instagram and Ravelry! Shown above, clockwise from top left: the Racimo Cowl in Alegria, the Escama del Dragon Cowl in Silk Blend, the Zigzag Cable Cowl in Clara, and the Tejido Cowl in Fino and Alegria.

Free patterns in Manos Yarns

On Ravelry, these new patterns calling for Manos Yarns are also free! Shown above from left to right: Herringbone Infinity Scarf in Maxima, Sara Basic Fingerless Mitts in Silk Blend, and Charlie Bottom Pants in Alegria.

Happy knitting in the Spring season!