Is it still cold where you are? As North America looks forward to the season of spring, the temperatures have been such that it feels like winter will never loosen its grip. Warmer days are coming, but until they get here, we would suggest you use Manos del Uruguay’s Serena yarn. This yarn is lightweight and warm, with a beautiful drape and a versatile gauge.
Sweaters made in Serena will keep the chills away without any added bulk. Ahlohaknitting’s Dahlia Cardigan in S2302 English, Andrea Sanchez’s Mustill in S2444 Harbor and S2246 Oyster, and lollia’s Chance of Petal Showers in S2133 Seashell are just a few wonderful examples of this.
Crochet projects are a great way to showcase Serena. Look for the Spring 2014 Interweave Crochet for the Filigree Shell pattern by Natasha Robarge. The Augusta Shawl, a free download from Fairmountfibers.com, was crocheted by cherrybomb as a shop sample. Indigosky2Knit’s Wrist Warmers show the variegation of our space-dyed colorway without pooling or flashing.
As we wait for spring to arrive and settle in, we will enjoy working with the baby alpaca and cotton blend that is Serena. As always, we love to see your Manos yarn and project photos on your social media channel of choice. Find us on Facebook, Ravelry, Twitter, and Pinterest!
We have been teasing you with peeks of the newest designs over the last several weeks and we are pleased to share the Spring 2014 pattern collection in its entirety with you in this blog post! This collection is fresh and light in Fino, Serena, Silk Blend and Maxima. These patterns are available online through Ravelry, or visit your local yarn store to buy a print copy.
Heather Zoppetti, the featured designer for the Spring 2014 collection, knocked it out of the park with five designs shown above. The sweaters, shown from left to right, are Tarta, Dulce de Leche, and Bizcocho. Her accessory patterns are the Flan shawl (bottom left) and Ricardito cowl (bottom right).
These additional designs are wonderful items to have as the weather fluctuates. Cast on Corrina Ferguson’s Trufa shawl (left) or the Churros scarf by Lisa R. Myers (center). The Membrillo cowl (right) is Angelia Robinson’s crochet contribution.
Hats are perennial favorites. We’re pleased to share with you Pastelitos
by Christine Marie Chen, left, and Alfajor
by Lisa R. Myers, right.
by Tanis Gray, left, pairs nicely with the sweater and cowl combination designed by E.J.Slayton in Granita
Over the last few days we have introduced you to the artisans that create Wool Clasica, the people that bring the yarn to your yarn shops, and today you can meet the knitter and see the finished object!
This is Julie.
Julie is wearing the hat she made in her Beginners Knitting class, from the yarn Nicole had skeined and shelved. (Pretty great for a beginner, huh?)
How do we know this is a skein that Lides spun and Ana dyed?
Because Lides signed it.
This is what Manos del Uruguay stands for: artisanal yarn, cooperatively produced and fairly traded. When you choose Manos del Uruguay yarn, you’re choosing yarn with a purpose! Thank you for your continued support. We hope you continue to work with and support Fair Trade products, like Manos del Uruguay yarns, throughout the year!
In today’s post we are bringing you the second part of the story of Manos del Uruguay yarn. We started in the Manos Cooperative of Dragon where Wool Clasica is spun and dyed.
This is Collin.
After Ana has dyed the yarn that Lides spun, it comes to the Fairmount Fibers warehouse in Philadelphia, where Collin unpacks it. He also repacks it for shipment to yarn shops all over the U.S.
This is Nicole.
After Collin has repacked the yarn that Lides spun and Ana dyed, Nicole skeins it up and puts it on the shelf at Rosie’s Yarn Cellar. Here the yarn is ready to be selected for that special project. Check back for our next post, where you’ll see the knitter and finished object!
Fans of Manos del Urugay yarns might already know that with each purchased skein of Manos del Uruguay yarn you will be helping a woman to support her family. As we celebrate Fair Trade in February, we’d like to present the people who are behind the yarn and have signed the tag on the yarn you have selected and purchased for your project.
This is Lides.
She is a member of the Manos cooperative at Dragon, where she spins Wool Clasica.
This is Ana.
She is a member of the Manos cooperative at Dragon, where she dyes the yarn that Lides spun.
The Dragon Cooperative is located in Placido Rosas, Uruguay.
Our next post will bring this yarn from Uruguay to Fairmount Fibers, LTD. the North American Distributor based in Philadelphia, PA.