Celebrating Crochet with Manos Yarns

Category: Featured Projects

Crochet with Manos del Uruguay Yarns!

We love to share the new patterns and projects made in Manos del Uruguay yarns. We have noticed that most of these patterns are knit – but don’t let that stop you from using Manos yarns in your crochet project! In honor of National Crochet Month, we are putting the spotlight on projects made with a hook.

Wraps and open-front cardigans are perfect for spring!

Fantasia Wrap  Cascading Lace Cardigan

Dora Ohrenstein’s Fantasia Wrap is a stunning wrap to wear throughout the season. Find the pattern, spotlighting Manos del Uruguay Fino, in Easy, Breezy Crochet Lace. Drifting delicate cherry blossoms inspired the Cascading Lace Cardigan. Manos del Uruguay Alegria makes for a cushy and lacy kimono-style cardigan. Look for Juliette Bezold’s design in Interweave Crochet’s Spring 2017 issue.

Crochet Projects by our Ravelry Friends

Crochet projects in Manos yarns

We find a lot of inspiration (and enabling) on Ravelry, do you? Here are just a few eye-catching crochet projects. Karinamaza crocheted her Picking Flowers sweater (top) using Manos del Uruguay Alegria for the sleeve detail. Emmadeline’s Tunisian Ripple Scarf (bottom left) in Manos del Uruguay Maxima plays nicely with the variegated colorway. Jlou’s Small Talk Shawl (bottom right) in Manos del Uruguay Fino has left us searching for the right words to describe its beauty. 

For even more crochet craftiness, check out our Pinterest board

 

 

Start Knitting for Spring

Category: Featured Projects

Are you already dreaming of Spring? Our new collection will help you weather the transition to warmer days; these pieces are perfect for layering! Brighten your day with a pop of color with your favorite Manos del Uruguay yarn

New knitting patterns by Corrina Ferguson in Manos Yarns

Corrina Ferguson is the featured designer with five designs. Corrina, also known as PicnicKnits, has been designing for 9 years. She has more than 200 patterns to her credit, including previous design for us: Mirto, Ferrico, Trufa, and Sandalo. Each of the 5 pieces features a touch of texture making for a number of enjoyable projects. Shown above, clockwise from the top left: 

Accessory patterns in Manos Yarns

We also have five more simple yet stunning designs for spring by Lisa R. Myers, Cassandra Milani, Melissa Leapman, and Barbara Benson. Knit in lighter weight yarns and wool blends, the fabrics are warm but won’t weigh you down. Continuing clockwise from the top left corner:

All patterns are available on Ravelry for purchase and don’t forget to add them to your favorites, queue, or project pages. Which will you cast on first? Remember Manos del Uruguay yarns do more than just look good in your project: every purchased skein of Manos yarn helps a woman in Uruguay support her family. The Manos Cooperatives are a non-profit group dedicated to developing economic opportunities for women. Thank you for your support!

2017 Uruguay Trip

Category: Travel

Fairmount Fibers visits Manos del Uruguay 

Earlier this month, the Fairmount Fibers team (U.S. distributors of Manos del Uruguay yarns) visited Uruguay and the cooperatives of Dragón and Fraile Muerto. Excursions take so long to plan and prepare – then before you know it, you’re back at home sharing photos with friends. Here are a few of the highlights of the trip!

Montevideo

Fairmount Fibers trip to Montevideo

Top: Manos del Uruguay logo, Montevideo architecture Middle: Shots from the Manos offices, woven goods Bottom: Browsing the Manos photo album

Montevideo is the capital and largest city in Uruguay, and it’s also home to the Manos del Uruguay headquarters. In addition to yarns, Manos del Uruguay creates numerous handmade goods such as woven scarves and shawls. The group enjoyed browsing the photo album that includes photos of Robert Redford and Hillary Clinton sporting Manos goods. 

Uruguayan Countryside

Fairmount Fibers in the Uruguayan countryside

Clockwise from top left: Uruguay’s national tree, the Ceibo; hosts Diego and Ursula; the view waiting out the summer storm; and a sheep in the shade.

The cooperatives are located in the countryside, closer to the home villages of the artisans. The journey from Montevideo takes about seven hours. A stop for lunch at the Posada de Campo El Balcón Del Abra made for a nice break in the travel. 

Dye Workshop at Dragón

The group participated in a dye workshop at Dragón where much of our yarn – especially Alegría and Marina – is dyed. It takes a lot of wood to heat enough water to dye all the yarn. Eucalyptus is grown in Uruguay for fuel and for wood pulp;  no forests were harmed in the making of this yarn! Ana demonstrated taking Alegría, in Locura Fluo, through the dyebaths before hanging it to dry outside. We were given the opportunity to apply the dye to the yarn and then Ana showed us how it’s done. The bottom shows our skeins hanging up to dry. Note how different the colors look here than they did as they were being applied to the yarn. 

Fraile Muerto

Fairmount Fibers at Fraile Muerot

The Fraile Muerto cooperative is about 90 miles from Montevideo. Above, you can see Rosa spinning and Blanca winding newly-spun yarn into a skein for dyeing.  Rosa’s mother worked for the coop too, and Rosa remembers back 40 years, to when they would spin the yarn in the grease and then take it to a stream in the woods to wash afterward. Patricia and Vanessa work on a batch of Maxima from one dyebath to the next. Fans of Manos yarns know that the tag on their skein of yarn is signed by the artisan. On this trip, knitters had the opportunity to meet the artisan in person! In the lower right, Blanca and Suzanne admire each other’s work: Blanca made some of the Silk Blend Suzanne is using in her Grandpa Cardigan project (3029 Steel, for those who like to know). 

The trip was a wonderful success and enjoyed by all.  We will definitely do it again, and we hope you’ll join us next time.  Meanwhile, we’ll continue to share photos from the trip on Facebook, Instagram and Ravelry; enjoy!