Manos del Uruguay Roving: Spin Your Own

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Knitters and crocheters know with every purchased skein of Manos yarn, you help a woman in Uruguay support her family. Did you know that this commitment extends to the Manos del Uruguay 100% Merino Roving as well? Today we’d like to spotlight several hand-spun projects featuring this fiber.

Manos del Uruguay Roving spun up

Hand-spun projects from Ravelry (clockwise from top right) Longpig’s Flame On yarn, Shriekingviolet’s Phoenix, PlutoniumMuffin’s Dragon Cowl inWildflower handspun, Juliecazknits’ The Age of Brass & Steam in Bramble handspun, and AuntieFona’s Fractal Fingering.


Gitagiri Manos Handspun sweater

We were particularly taken with Gitagiri’s First Handspun Sweater. She spun a braid of Roving in the Abalone colorway, then knit it as stripes with a complementary neutral colored yarn to make the gorgeous sweater above!

Manos Roving allows the spinner to take the Manos colorways they love and create a yarn that is the weight of their choice, maybe a little heavier or lighter, kept as a single or made a 3-ply. Click over to see our dedicated Pinterest board for more inspiration, then share your Manos handspun with us on Facebook, Ravelry, or Instagram!

Spotlight on Michele Wang

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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 Michele Wang. Michele is the featured designer for the 2016 pattern collection released in July. Her sweater designs in the collection are richly textured and cozy. We reached out to Michele 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!


How did you first come to work with Manos yarns? 
When I first started knitting, I visited Purl Soho and remember very clearly seeing Manos yarns for the first time. The colors were so beautiful and the rustic texture to the Clasica really caught my eye. Since I was a beginner, I thought I would indulge in such beautiful yarn when I became more experienced. A few years later, I started working at Knitty City in NYC and played around with some Maxima and Serena yarns. I only swatched the yarns and never found time to work them into a project. When I was approached to be the featured designer for this collection, I was thrilled I could finally work closely and more in-depth with Manos which had caught my eyes so many years earlier.


How did you get started knitting / crocheting / designing? Who taught you?
I started knitting for many different reasons. I had just run the NYC Marathon and was looking for something that was more relaxing and sedentary. I was also working at a corporate job that I didn’t like very much. So I always had my eye out for distractions that could possibly turn into another career. A friend suggested I try knitting since I always had an interest in textiles and fashion. I loved the idea of working with my hands, comfortably sitting on my couch and the idea of possibly opening a yarn store.


Do you have a favorite base or colorway in the Manos Yarn line?
While working on this collection, I would have said Maxima in Sand, the yarn used for Morilla. It’s such a beautiful soft color and soft yet sturdy base. But I’d have to say that the new Milo is really lovely to work with. I love the slight sheen and interesting halo the linen gives the yarn. In addition to all the neutrals, I love the Baltico colorway. I saw it at TNNA in June, and that color seemed to glow from within and really stood out to me. I’d love to do something with Milo in the future!


Where do you draw inspiration from? 
I mostly draw inspiration from current trends and from the average New Yorker. I often spy something on the subway that can be translated into knitwear. Other times, I’m given direction by mood boards by yarn companies and publications and I use those as a springboard.


Do you have a great tip or trick we could share? 
The most amazing tip is something I learned from Norah Gaughan. She suggested using the Alternate Cable Cast-On instead of a Tubular CO for 1×1 Ribbing. I’ve been using it ever since. It’s still fussier than a Long-Tail or Knitted-On Cast-On, but much less fussy than a Tubular Cast-On.

Michele has a YouTube channel! Check it out to see her video about her sweater designs in Manos Yarns!

Fall Pattern Round-Up

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When the weather takes a turn to cooler nights and crisp breezes, many knitters and crocheters are more than ready to start a new project! If you are looking for a new sweater or accessory, there are a number of new patterns from which to choose before casting on the first stitch. Today we are spotlighting several of the newest fall patterns that call for Manos del Uruguay yarns!

Passaic Pullover Crochet

Cables are a classic on fall sweaters, wouldn’t you agree? The Passaic Pullover, designed by Anastasia Popova in Interweave Crochet Fall 2016, is crocheted in Manos Serena. The fiber blend and our kettle-dyeing process give the colors a heathered, stonewashed look. Harbor is the colorway shown here.

Whisper Tee in Manos Serena

Amy Herzog’s new book, You Can Knit That, includes the Whisper Tee in Manos Serena. The sweater is knit in two pieces, with integrated cap sleeves, i-cord trim, and waist shaping. Lightweight and soft, this will be a multi-season layering piece! Shown here in the Hare colorway.

Celebration Shawl in Manos Clara

Knitscene’s Winter 2016 issue is out and includes the Celebration Shawl designed by Ruth Garcia-Alcantud. The asymmetrical triangle shawl is knit from one tip to the wide side, with a final wingspan of 60″ or 88″ depending on the size you make. Clara is the called-for yarn, shown here in the Hortensia colorway.

Dalit Cardigan in Fino Indra Toque

Courtney Spainhower’s new collection, Line + Reflection, includes two pieces in Manos del Uruguay yarns. The Dalit Cardigan is an oversized layering cardigan in Fino. It is worked flat in a single piece from the top down, featuring brioche increases to shape the yoke. The Indra Toque, knit with one skein of Serena, is a perfect accessory as it is lightweight, yet warm.

Pinktastic Pop Slouch in Gloria


October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and designer Grace Akhrem is hosting a knit-along (KAL) in her Ravelry group. The Pinktastic Pop Slouch pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry, with a portion of the price being donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Grace knit the original with one skein of Manos Gloria, in the Estancia colorway.  The KAL goes until October 31, 2016. Knitters that cast on this month and share a photo with the group on or before October 31, 2016, will be eligible to win one of three Manos del Uruguay yarn prizes!

Which fall patterns are you pairing with Manos Yarns? Connect with us on Facebook, Ravelry, or Instagram!