Ravelry is a social website for those crafters who enjoy working with yarn and fibers. It is free to join and has many features available to the user. You can organize your stash and supplies, curate a queue of patterns you plan to make, and record project details. There are also many groups in which you can post and chat with others about your projects, home life and experiences, and even your favorite Manos del Uruguay yarns! In this blog post we’d like to shine the spotlight on several of the most popular projects in the assorted Manos Yarns.
Fino favorites include, on the left, pjmcmullen’s Sand and Sea shawlette and, on the right, littlefeller’s Vertex Cardigan sample.
Three colorways of Alegria are combined with stunning results in 8arioso’s Color Affection. SmokingHotNeedle’s Hex Cowl shows Alegria can work quite well with cables.
Etta’s Xuxa cowl combines two colorways of Maxima; what color combination would you use? TraceyNicole’s miette pour moi shows a more delicate side of this wonderful yarn.
Tammykins’ Dewpoint and SuvisDesigns’ Filtering Daylight each make the most of the season-spanning blend of pima cotton and baby alpaca in Serena.
Kimothy76′s Hopefulness Stole, crocheted in Lace, is simply beautiful as are the number of wedding shawls we have noticed worked in this yarn, including catiwehrle’s wedding veil project!
Silvi’s Sweet Tea and tentenknit’s flora, each in Silk Blend, are the favorite projects of several hundred other people!
Craftivore’s Strips and Stripes blanket is the most popular project of all projects worked in Manos del Uruguay yarns with more than 1300 hearts! Wool Clasica in grey is the main yarn. SugarBunnyBlvd’s Holding Hands, Feeding Ducks scarf is a great example of how a wonderful stitch pattern works with a variegated yarn.
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Francis Mallmann is a renowned South American T.V. chef. He is an expert at cooking with fire, and as Food & Wine put it, “over it, under it, in it and around it”. Recently, he taped a segment at the Manos cooperative in Fraile Muerto, where much of our yarn is made. In the photos and videos shared here, you can see he is cooking over an open flame in the yard next to the workshop. Maxima and Silk Blend can be spotted hanging on the lines over his head. If you have a skein or more of M7158 Mixed Berries tagged by Leticia or Blanca, and you happen to notice the yarn smells like barbecue, here’s the reason why! The photos and remainder of this post originally appeared on manosdeluruguay.wordpress.com.
Francis Mallmann, a famous Argentine gourmet chef visited and cooked in our cooperative Fraile Muerto in Cerro Largo. In his relentless pursuit of new and unknown landscapes, Francis chose our rural Uruguay and gently rolling hills, where he found the perfect setting for one of his original gastronomic adventures. CARF is a sector of the Manos del Uruguay cooperatives dedicated to spinning and dyeing wool by hand.
Francis’s visit caused a stir in the cooperative and the entire village. Cameras filled the central square and settled in the village to participate in the spectacle of Francis Mallmann manning the cooking fire. The artisans showed their culinary skills as well and entertained the distinguished guest with homemade bread, fried cake, dulce de leche, jams and stew. Surrounded by artisans, turkeys and lambs and framed by newly dyed skeins of wool drying in the sun, Francis cooked in large pot over low heat and delighted us with golden rice. The dining experience was full of almost overwhelming original tastes and aromas.
There are also several YouTube videos linked at the bottom of the original post. A few for your enjoyment to see the cooking in action are here, here, and here.
The fall and winter patterns are out and available online, at your local yarn shop and even the bigger bookstores. Whether you choose to make a special gift for someone, or yourself, there is a Manos del Uruguay yarn perfect for your intended project!
Knitted slippers and house shoes: These are the new frontier for the legions of knitters passionate about sock knitting. The Knitted Slipper Book is an everything-you-need-to-know guide to making many exciting variations on the sock. There are four slipper designs that call for Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica. Shown from left to right: Ankle Fringe Boots, Fireside Booties, Pull-on “Puddle” Boots and Renaissance Boots.
This flattering ¾-sleeve Mauveine Henley, designed by Amanda Scheuzger, has lace patterning on the body and sleeves, as well as buttons at the collar. The sample shown here is knit in the regal #3038 Aster Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend. Look for it in the Winter 2013 Knitscene.
Lori Steinberg’s design in the Holiday 2013 Vogue Knitting, #04 Zig Zag Band Lace Top, features stockinette stitch bands of Silk Blend which alternate with fields of simple mini-leaf lace, knit in our sumptuous alpaca/silk/cashmere Lace. The turtleneck is worked in rib. Shown here is 300S Magenta and L7805 Iridessa. Available November 5th!
The BFF Shawl, by Anniken Allis, can be worn as a scarf or a shawl as shown above. Paired stitches shape the lace pattern of the shawl, worked from the center out to each end. New and seasoned lace crocheters are in for a treat with Fino as the called-for yarn. Interweave Crochet, Accessories 2014 is the issue to pick up along with three skeins of 411 Garnet Brooch.
We love to see your projects in our yarns and encourage you to share them with us on the channel of your choice. We’re on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Ravelry!
We featured felting in a previous blog post and the time has come to revisit this technique. With October underway, many crafters are thinking about the upcoming holidays. We want to share with you a variety of projects for costumes and gifts you can make for the fast approaching season. Each starts first by knitting or crocheting with Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica or Maxima, then applying a bit of heat, moisture and agitation.
There is still plenty of time to create an item for a Halloween costume! Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica is a wonderful choice for felted items and the color selection can’t be beat. Why not use 55 Olive or 86 Saguaro for a Baby Yoda Hat? The Tricorn Hat will complete a pirate ensemble. A Steampunk Mini Topper, like the Tricorn hat, can be further embellished as you see fit! Each of these patterns is available for free.
Now is a great time to get started on a stash of quick holiday gifts. The Bevy of Bangles offers a quick accessory that would make great teacher gifts or stocking stuffers. You could use Wool Clasica or Maxima for the bangle base, then use Manos Roving for a touch of needle-felting, or another Manos Yarn (maybe Silk Blend or Fino) for an accent color. The Jen Clutch is a perfect first felting project; simple shapes and sewing are combined for big impact in the fabulous colors of Maxima. A truly “sweet” gift is the Sunny to Hunny Felted Bowls and Coasters. The large bowl is the sun, medium bowl is the sunflower, small bowl is the honey dish (or coaster container), and the coasters/bee represent the hive.
Be patient with your project as it will look “not-quite-right” when the knitting or crochet is finished. After some time in hot water with soap and agitation, the proper shape will emerge and any mistakes will be difficult to spot. For even more felting project ideas, check out our Pinterest board! Let us know in our Ravelry group, on our Facebook page, or Tweet us how your felting projects turn out!
National Spinning and Weaving Week is taking place October 7-13. This is a great opportunity for us to spotlight how Manos del Uruguay yarns can work wonderfully in your weaving projects!
Osage’s Houndstooth Scarf was woven using Manos Silk Blend in a very trendy pattern. Cguigli’s Teal Scarf uses Maxima to create a subtle and beautiful tonal pattern. The combination of Maxima and Wool Clasica in yopurlygirl’s Joe’s Extra Long Scarf is stylish and classic.
Scarves are popular and practical projects for your loom, but there are many other ways to manipulate the woven fabric. Judith Shangold’s website has an assortment of woven pieces, including this pleated jacket. The front and back of the jacket are woven on a rigid heddle or 4-harness loom and the side panels, sleeves and bottom are knitted. Judith’s handbag is an eye-catching accessory.
Over on the Schacht Spindle blog, there is a sample of Manos Silk Blend woven on a Zoom Loom. We have noticed many new projects popping up using pin looms and they are perfect for using your treasured Manos leftovers. See these and other weaving projects we have pinned on Pinterest! As always, we love to see how you turn our fiber into fabric. Please share your projects with us on our Facebook page or Ravelry group, or leave us a comment to share a link to your project. If you are not a weaver, but enjoy woven fabrics, it is possible to shop online for items woven in the co-operatives! Here are just a few items (from left to right): Dansi Scarf, Portal Scarf, Praga Ruana.