New Patterns from Fairmount Fibers

Category: Featured Projects, Free patterns, New Stuff

North America is currently experiencing the summer season. Temperatures are warm all over, but cooler days will return. The Fairmount Fibers team wants to share the new pattern collection with you now, giving you plenty of time to plan on your next favorite fall sweater or to work up an accessory item in your favorite Manos del Uruguay yarns!

Bristol Ivy Designs

Bristol Ivy is the featured designer in this new collection. Fans of her work, which is extensive, will enjoy her unique perspective. As she says in her Ravelry group, “My work focuses on the intersection between classic tailoring and innovative technique, creating a unique and wearable aesthetic while maintaining knitterly appeal.”  Shown above, her two sweater desgins, Bordure (left) and Pheon (right) are each knit in Manos Fino. The accessory patterns, Virgule (center, top) in Silk Blend and Quoin in Maxima (center, bottom), feature interesting construction techniques with eye-catching results.

Fall 2015 Patterns

The additional patterns complement Bristol Ivy’s designs so well. The Oxidar sweater, designed by Mari Chiba in Silk Blend, is a completely seamless design! On the right are all one skein wonders, great to start now for possible holiday gifts, or as selfish knits for yourself. From top to bottom are Ruina by Lisa R. Myers in Clara, Cobre by Christine Marie Chen in Maxima, Ferrico by Corrina Ferguson in Fino, and a free pattern for Clara, the Facil Shawl.

We are looking forward to seeing these new projects come to life in your favorite colorways. If you are a planner, the Pinterest board is ready for you to pin your favorite designs. Feel free to tag us in your pictures posted to Twitter and Instagram, and as always you are welcome to share your photos to our Facebook page and Ravelry group.

Wedding Blankets

Category: Featured Projects

In our previous blog post we shared projects made for use during the wedding ceremony. Today, we’d like to take a moment to spotlight several beautiful blankets made as wedding gifts using Manos del Uruguay yarns.

Four Seasons Throws

The Four Seasons Throws, by Judith Shangold, is knit in Wool Clasica. Knit in twelve squares, each having a different pattern, this is a highly portable project with a myriad of color combinations. Shown above (left to right) are gifts knit by MollyWafflesKnits, NatalieB, and Mstgarden.

Blanket Gifts in Manos Yarns

Jocelyn Tunney’s Salida del Sol design, also in Wool Clasica, is a popular choice as well. It is knit on the bias, so there is no seaming! Shown in the top row are blankets knit by mbarr86 (left) and gallops (right). We also spotted daviesbl’s Super Easy Lap Blanket in Maxima (bottom left) and BarbaraJ’s Canyon Throw (bottom right), another Judith Shangold design, in Wool Clasica.

What blanket or throw pattern knit in Manos yarns would you like to give or receive? You can post to any of our social media channels to let us know! We have a Facebook page, Ravelry group, Twitter and Instagram feeds.

 

Wedding Inspirations

Category: Featured Projects

Weddings are as unique as each couple tying the knot. Having a hand-made item can be that extra-special something that complements your theme or color scheme. Manos del Uruguay yarns are available in a variety of weights and colorways just right to use for a wedding accessory or shawl. Today we have gathered a few projects that knitters on Ravelry made for wedding ceremonies.

Project by SophieFrances Project by katywhumpus Project by kimerknits

Shawls seem to be the most common wedding handknit. Here are SophieFrances’ Mrs. Naylor, Katywhumpus’ Lindsey’s Wedding Shawl, and Kimerknits’ Deven’s Wedding Shawl. Each of these were knit in Manos Lace, a truly scrumptious blend of cashmere, silk, and wool!

Project by EleanorGang  Project by genesneaky

Two unique items also caught our attention in seeking out wedding project inspiration. EleanorGang’s Delmaya’s Wedding Mitts in Manos Lace and Genesneaky’s Bouquet Wrap in Manos Silk Blend. If these projects, or maybe one from our Pinterest board, have inspired you to make an item for an upcoming wedding, make sure to allow for plenty of time for the crafting! As always, we’d love to hear about the projects you make in Manos yarns, for your own wedding or as a gift. Share your thoughts and pictures with us on Facebook, Ravelry, Twitter or Instagram!

 

 

 

New Pattern Round-Up

Category: Featured Projects

The Fairmount Fibers team is busy with preparations for The National NeedleArts Association Summer Show in Columbus at the end of the month. If your local yarn shop is in attendance, they will have the first look at our upcoming Fall 2015 pattern collection in your favorite Manos del Uruguay yarns. Of course we will let you know when the patterns are released to the public! In the meantime, we’d like to share with you a number of new patterns from various designers that have been published recently, to keep your needles and hooks busy.

Rhetta Cardigan

The Rhetta Cardigan is one of the designs in Warm Days, Cool Knits: Lighter Designs for Every Season, by Corrina Ferguson. This is a sweater that is just right for in-between days, or to keep away the chill of air conditioning. Knit in Serena, this is a lightweight, yet warm piece you’ll carry with you frequently!

WIldfire Block Cowl

The June 2015 issue of I Like Knitting includes the Wildfire Block Cowl, a fun short-row cowl designed by Angelia Robinson. Manos Lace and Silk Blend are striped to create a unique accessory. Drape it over your shoulders or wear it doubled around your neck!

Quoin Hat Cornice Hat

Woolly Wormhead has released two new hat designs in Manos yarns this month that are part of the Painted Woolly Toppers collection. This bundle of patterns is designed specifically for hand-dyed, painted and variegated yarns. Quoin, shown left, is worked in Wool Clasica with short rows and an asymmetrical brim. Cornice, shown right, is worked in Silk Blend and features unique integrated earflaps and a pompom.

Bruges Multi Shawl
The Bruges Multi Shawl, in the Crochet! Summer 2015 issue, imitates lace worked historically on bobbins. Four skeins of Serena are  used to create a shawl with basic crochet stitches resulting in an eye-catching accessory.
Which Manos del Uruguay yarn are you currently working with, and what’s your project? We’d love to see your photos – you can share them to our Facebook page, Ravelry group, or tag us in your Twitter and Instagram posts!

 

Introducing Clara

Category: Featured Projects, Free patterns, Yarn Features

Have you spotted the newest Manos del Uruguay yarn distributed by Fairmount Fibers? Clara is a light and lofty sport-weight yarn. The superwash merino fiber takes dye beautifully (in addition to being beautifully easy to care for). The phrase “it’s like butter” is one we have seen mentioned in regards to this yarn several times on Ravelry, making it a wonderful choice for next-to-skin items!

Pradera Wrap combinationsOur free pattern, the Pradera Wrap, calls for four colorways of Clara, one skein of each color. Currently there are ten colorways available, making for more than two hundred possible combinations! Each skein has approximately 385 yards, creating a wrap with a finished size of 15.5” wide, 74” long. The generous yardage in each skein provides for lots of possible projects!

Ravelry Clara Projects

Here are a few of the projects that caught our eye and will certainly inspire a few new projects to be cast on! Clockwise from left: ivillareal1997crochet’s Artfully Simple in C20 Granade, Dreamknitgirl’s Incentive in C18 Hortensia, and tosarah23’s Starting Out Knitted Baby Dress in C14 Esmeralda.

clara-cover

There is currently a giveaway taking place in our Ravelry group for the Pradera Wrap – click here to join us and to leave your pattern suggestion for Clara. A winner will be selected at random on May 22, 2015. You can also find additional Clara inspiration on our Facebook page and on our dedicated Pinterest board! Don’t forget you can tag @ManosYarns in your Instagram pictures, if you are adding it to your stash or using it in a project!