Amazing Alegria

Category: Yarn Features

Alegria continues to be true to its name. In Spanish, Alegria means “Joy” and we’re thrilled that so many fans of Manos del Uruguay yarns are finding joy in working with the easy-care blend of ultra-soft superwash merino with durable polyamide.  The generous yardage in each skein provides plenty of options when selecting a project. There are currently more than 1000 projects using Alegria in Ravelry; here we are sharing just a few of them to inspire you!

Socks are a natural choice for Alegria. The colorways range from bold to subtle, but are all vibrant and beautiful, never boring. Here are just a few of the sock projects of which we have taken notice lately. From left to right: LaGitana’s Alegria de Los Calcetines, Ceefah’s Rib Fantastic Socks, and Susan360′s Herringbone.

Even though Alegria is a fingering-weight sock yarn, you do not have to make socks! Alegria is incredibly soft, you’ll love it for next-to-skin items. The Esquina Cowl is a free pattern available from Fairmount Fibers; the mitered pattern keeps the colors moving along each row and avoids unwanted pooling or flashing. There are a number small shawl projects for which Alegria is a great choice! Martina Behm’s Hitchhiker pattern is one of the most popular patterns using Alegria; in the center is fatcatknitting’s project. Alegria is an easy-care yarn, making it a wonderful choice for baby items. On the right is a Wasabi Baby Hat knit by ethamanishi.

While browsing Ravelry, we also came across several unique projects using Alegria! From left to right: Naramoon’s Sleepy Time, AuntTallulah’s Happy Hippo Sistas: The Funky One, and kimbaruski’s Piper’s Technicolor Romper. Have you shared your project in our Ravelry group yet?

 

Spring Pattern Round Up

Category: Featured Projects

When Spring starts to come around do you reach for lighter yarns and look forward to projects for lightweight layers? We enjoy seeing the yarns Fairmount Fibers sends out into the the hands of designers that are showcased in the pages of pattern magazines. The Spring and Summer issues, available digitally or on your local newsstand, have a lovely variety of patterns featuring Serena.

The latest issue of knitscene includes the Argon Tee by Monika Sirna. The fabric created by the combination of Manos del Uruguay Serena and Manos Lace combined with the flattering shape makes this top one you will want to wear daily. Depending on size, you will need 3 to 4 skeins of Serena in the main color choice, 1 skein of Serena in a contrasting color, and 1 to 2 skeins of Lace in a coordinating color. The purples with the pop of S2020 Curry are very on trend, and we look forward to the color combinations you select!

 

 

 

Bristol Ivy designed the Folded Lace Tank in Serena for the latest issue of knit.wear. This tank combines the drape and fall of a classic Greek chiton with a wearable, modern shape. The folds of the fabric create an A-line silhouette, and the touch of lace hidden inside the pleat adds a feminine touch. Depending on size, 4 to 6 skeins of Serena are used.

 

 

 

 

The Wave Lace Scarf design by Wei Wilkins in the latest Vogue Knitting makes the most of one skein of Serena. Scarves are equally fashionable and functional. The baby alpaca and pima cotton blend found in Serena makes this a season-spanning accessory!

 

 

 

Serena is proving to be a top choice of knitters and crocheters this season – have you cast on with it yet? We’d love to see your projects and we encourage you to share a link to your blog or projects here in the comments, on our Facebook page, or in our Ravelry group!

Serena Spotlight

Category: Featured Projects, Yarn Features

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!

Presenting the Spring 2014 Patterns

Category: Featured Projects, New Stuff

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.

 TartaDulce de LecheBizcocho

 FlanRicardito

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).

Trufa shawlChurros

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.

PastelitosAlfajor

Hats are perennial favorites. We’re pleased to share with you Pastelitos by Christine Marie Chen, left, and Alfajor by Lisa R. Myers, right.
HeladoGranita
Helado by Tanis Gray, left, pairs nicely with the sweater and cowl combination designed by E.J.Slayton in Granita, right.
Add them to your Pinterest boards, cast on and share your project progress with us in our Ravelry group or on our Facebook page! Let’s bring on Spring!

Fair Trade from Start to Finish (part 3)

Category: Fair Trade News & Topics, Featured Projects

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

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?

Julie's tag

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!