Did you know that there are more than thirty-five colorways that are named for a floral inspiration across the different bases of Manos del Uruguay Yarns? In this blog post, we’d like to share projects and patterns made in four of these unique colorways: Wildflowers, Peony, Lilypad and Glicinas.
The Signs of Spring cowl, by Lisa R. Myers, is a free download from Fairmount Fibers, and calls for two skeins of Serena. Shown here in S8931 Wildflowers (left), handmadebykoren’s project in S2609 Peony (top), and mathiri’s project in S9095 Lilypad (bottom).
The Glicinas colorway of Alegria is inspired by the Wisteria plant, you might recall from our What’s In a Name? post. Here are (clockwise from top left) redfox-knits’ Wisteria Wrap, Brennee’s Starshower, wizbit13uk’s Spring Geese, and Tihiri’s Betsy Cardigan.
We hope we have inspired you to indulge in a favorite floral colorway of Manos Yarn for your next project! Are you using a floral colorway to create a floral motif, like this crochet pansy trim we spotted on Silverpebble2’s Instagram feed? Let us know what your favorite is by sharing your photos and comments on the Fairmount Fibers Facebook page, Ravelry group, Twitter or Instagram!
In our last post we presented a round up of the newly published Spring patterns. In this blog post we’d like to spotlight the projects made by crafters like you and shared with us on Ravelry, Facebook and Instagram!
These three projects were shared to the Manos del Uruguay Yarns group on Ravelry. On the left is the Xeni Shawl by Kitman Figueroa, knit by Ericamay in the Silhouette colorway of Fino. The Ayamaru Cowl, which calls for one skein of Alegria, was designed and knit by LaVisch. Gitagiri’s First Woven Scarf, in the Mermaid colorway of Serena, caught our eye too.
Local Yarn Shops frequently share their shop samples with us on Facebook and we enjoy seeing the different yarn and pattern combinations! Fiber & Vine mentioned us in their photo of this Sunrise Tunic in Serena. Llama Llama Ewe shared their picture of Caitlin, and her freshly finished Age of Brass & Steam shawl in Maxima! Maxima was also used in a seed stitch cowl posted by Purls of Wisdom.
Instagram is the third arena in which we can feast on the visuals. Keep your eye on our account, @ManosYarns, and the hashtag #manosdeluruguay for lots of visual treats! Here we have the Hartwell Hat taken by Babyfatchance, Mug Rugs by yarnologie, (both in Maxima) and a Silk Blend crochet work-in-progress by fiffel.
We hope you will find us on your favorite social media channel and we look forward to inspiring your next project!
As North America looks forward to the arrival of Spring, we at Fairmount Fibers are also looking forward to seeing your projects inspired by these new patterns. All of the Manos del Uruguay yarns have such wonderful color palettes to work with your project, you’ll want to find a way to use them all!
Katya Frankel’s Stepping Stones Shawl is featured as the cover design of newest issue of Knit.Purl. Four skeins of Silk Blend are used in this textural knit. A kit for this design (including pattern and yarn) is available for a limited time from the Interweave store, click here to order yours today! In the Spring/Summer Vogue Knitting is the Scoop Neck Tee by Yoko Hatta. Shown here in three colorways of Serena (#S2444 harbor, #S2457 tide, #S2590 natural), the fiber blend and our kettle-dyeing process give the colors a heathered, stonewashed look.
The Cleo Wrap, by Dora Ohrenstein, uses an easy-to-remember crochet stitch pattern and six skeins of Serena to create this lightweight yet warm wrap. Serena is a season-spanning blend of pima cotton and baby alpaca has fantastic drape, a beautiful choice for crochet projects such as this. On the right is the Sriracha Twinset, published in the Spring 2015 Interweave Crochet. A spicy edge frames this updated twinset in Silk Blend. Designer Angelia Robinson recently blogged about the design process, click here to read more.
Items in the Fairmount Fibers Spring 2015 collection continue to be added to Ravelry queues! We hope you’ll share your in-progress photos on your favorite social media channel. Shown above, top row left-to-right: Calida, Azahar, Galicia, and Asturias. Bottom row, left-to-right: Dorada, Maresme, Blanca, Vasca, and Mariscos.
The blog of the cooperatives, manosdeluruguay.wordpress.com, shared a post last fall in which the Rural Association of Uruguay (ARU) honored four women at the opening ceremony of Expo Prado, an international exhibition of agricultural industry and commercial goods. These women symbolized the value of rural women, one of whom is Sonia Wilkinson. Sonia has been a weaver at the Manos del Uruguay cooperatives for 38 years!
Sonia shared these words:
For me it has been an honor to represent my people. Manos del Uruguay has been my school, my second home and they value what I do. In addition to giving us tools and raw materials, we were given training for personal growth in different areas of the cooperative and the environment in which we live. It marked a path in my life, with values to achieve our goals: responsibility, respect, love, commitment, solidarity, effort, and perseverance.
Here, Sonia is pictured at a loom. On the Manos Co-operatives Instagram feed, they recently shared a video clip of a warp being made, check it out:
If you are a knitter, crocheter, or weaver, you are going to need materials. While you first may be drawn to the fabulous Manos del Uruguay yarns for the color and feel, the yarn does more than just look good in your project! Fairmount Fibers would like to remind you that since its foundation in 1968, Manos del Uruguay has been deeply committed towards the social and economic development of the rural women.
Fair Trade is better for the environment. All the Manos del Uruguay yarns are line-dried outside! In the winter, production schedules have to allow for increased drying time, because there are no indoor drying facilities.
Fair Trade means fair pay and working conditions and empowers women. The Manos Cooperatives provide health insurance, retirement pensions, paid vacations and paid maternity leave for their members.
Fair Trade means quality goods. Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica is hand spun in the cooperatives using pure wool from the local Corriedale sheep. The artisanal spin makes not-perfectly-even stitches part of the richness of the finished product rather than a flaw.
Fair Trade connects you with other cultures. Each and every skein of yarn is signed, so you will know who made your yarn, and from which village it came.
Thank you for your continued support of Manos del Uruguay yarns! We enjoy seeing the projects you create and hope you will continue to share them with us! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Ravelry, and Instagram.