Meet Marina

Category: Yarn Features

Marina

Marina is one of the newest yarns from Manos del Uruguay available from Fairmount Fibers. Marina’s softness and drape feel wonderful next to the skin in scarves or shawls. This 100% superwash merino laceweight comes in tonal and space-dyed colorways. With 874 yards per skein, most projects only need one! In this post, we’d like to share some pattern and project inspiration with you for this fabulous yarn!

Knit patterns for Manos Marina from Fairmount Fibers

Fairmount Fibers currently has three patterns calling for Marina. Shown above from left to right: the Feroe Shawl (free) by Lisa R. Myers, Mirto by Corrina Ferguson (part of the 2016 Spring Collection), and the Marina Circle Scarf (free).

Marina Projects

A number of Ravelry projects in Marina have caught our eye! In the left column, top to bottom: AnneH’s Like a Dream Come True, Knitnard’s Water’s Edge, and Robynleslie’s Wendell Holmes for Margaret. ClaraBeauty’s Pretty as a Peacock (right) was shared with us on Facebook. We do enjoy seeing and sharing your projects!

 

 

New in May from Manos del Uruguay

Category: Featured Projects

Do you feel like Spring is just flying by? Summer magazines are on newsstands, wardrobes feature lighter layers, and new yarns are on the horizon! In this blog post, Fairmount Fibers would like to spotlight a few new patterns in Manos del Uruguay yarns.

Canyon Lace Tank

 

The Canyon Lace Tank, by Kristen TenDyke, is included in the Summer 2016 Love of KnittingManos Serena is a beautiful complement to the lace panel and flattering shaping. Dress it up or dress it down, you will get lots of wear out of this tank!

Strip of Paisley Wrap

Strip of Paisley, by Lana Jois, is a rectangular stole featuring a paisley lace pattern and mesh lace borders, knit with two skeins of Manos del Uruguay Fino. Look for it in Interweave’s Knitting Traditions.

Red River Wrap in Manos del Uruguay Fino

The Red River Wrap, designed by Kephren Pritchett, represents the Twin Cities of Pineville and Alexandria, in the geographic center of Louisiana. Worked from end to end,  in Fino, this rectangular wrap or scarf features three lace patterns that transition seamlessly from one to the next.

Ruffled Bum Diaper Cover

Are you looking for a baby shower gift? Go beyond basic with the added flair of swaying waves or angular shark teeth with Vickie Howell’s Ruffle Bum Diaper Covers in Maxima. The pattern is found in Vickie’s new book, Wee Garter Stitch: Must Have Knits for Babies & Toddlers.

 

We look forward to seeing your projects on Facebook, Ravelry, Instagram, and Twitter!

Spotlight on Heather Zoppetti

Category: Guest Bloggers, Yarn Features
Heather Zoppetti in her Feroce hat, knit in Manos Maxima Trifoglio Shawl in Manos del Uruguay Fino
Fairmount Fibers is proud to have established relationships with so many talented designers. In today’s post we’d like to put a spotlight on designer Heather Zoppetti. In the top photo she’s wearing her Feroce hat, knit in Manos Maxima. The Trifoglio Shawl is Heather’s latest design in Manos del Uruguay Fino. We reached out to Heather asking if she would share a bit of her background and experience working with Manos del Uruguay yarns. She was generous and kind with her time and we’re pleased to share her responses with you!
Dahlia Cardigan, designed by Heather Zoppetti, in Manos Serena
How did you first come to work with Manos yarns?
I first started designing with Manos yarns when I used Serena for my Dahlia Cardigan in Interweave Knits, Fall 2011. When Lisa sent me the yarn we realized that I live very close to the distributor, Fairmount Fibers, and so we began working together on various projects. I did a small collection for them and have tried to contribute to their pattern lines on a regular basis.
Heather Zoppetti designs in Manos Yarns

Top: Ricardito in Maxima, left, and Flan in Fino, right.
Bottom, left to right: Dulche de Leche in Serena, Tarta in Silk Blend, Bizcocho in Silk Blend

How did you get started knitting and designing? Who taught you?

I taught myself to knit from a book during college. My roommate wanted to learn to crochet, but I had tried that before without success, so she picked up crochet and I learned knitting. I think fell into designing like most other designers…I couldn’t knit a pattern without changing it. Soon I was changing so much, I decided I might as well simply design my own pattern just the way I wanted.
 Vasca, designed by Heather Zoppetti, in Manos Serena
Do you have a favorite yarn or colorway in the Manos Yarn line?
This is a hard question! So many of the colors are simply gorgeous. Right now I’m really into blues and greens, so I’m going to say my favorite color is Steel. My favorite base is probably Serena because it’s so unique. It’s such a curious blend of alpaca and cotton. It’s got a great drape and the perfect hand—really lovely to work with. Shown above is the Vasca cowl in Manos Serena.
Millersville Blouse, in Manos Serena, by Heather Zoppetti  Spathe in Manos Serena
Where do you draw inspiration from?
Inspiration is everywhere. Sometimes something as simple as a color or a shape will spark an idea; other times a stitch pattern will jump out at me. Sometimes the yarn itself tells me exactly what it wants to be. Shown above left, the Millersville Blouse in Serena, and right, the Spathe Shawl in Silk Blend.
Heather Zoppetti accessories in Manos Yarns

Tromen Cowl in Maxima, and Rocha hat in Wool Clasica

Do you have any Manos yarns currently on your needles?
I do! I’m currently working on three accessories for fall. Of course they are secret…
We are looking forward to sharing Heather’s new designs this fall, stay tuned! Until then, cast on one of her designs in your favorite Manos del Uruguay yarn today!

 

New Free Patterns in Manos Yarns

Category: Free patterns

Spring is a time to refresh and try something new – a new yarn or maybe a new pattern technique. Today we’d like to share with you several new patterns that spotlight the unique qualities of Manos del Uruguay yarns. These cowl patterns are available as free PDF downloads from Fairmountfibers.com, the U.S. distributor of the Manos yarn line.

Free Cowl Patterns for Manos Yarns

These 1-2 skein projects will work up quickly and we look forward to seeing your progress pictures on Instagram and Ravelry! Shown above, clockwise from top left: the Racimo Cowl in Alegria, the Escama del Dragon Cowl in Silk Blend, the Zigzag Cable Cowl in Clara, and the Tejido Cowl in Fino and Alegria.

Free patterns in Manos Yarns

On Ravelry, these new patterns calling for Manos Yarns are also free! Shown above from left to right: Herringbone Infinity Scarf in Maxima, Sara Basic Fingerless Mitts in Silk Blend, and Charlie Bottom Pants in Alegria.

Happy knitting in the Spring season!

Crochet All Year Long

Category: Featured Projects

Are you hooked on knitting, and ready to give crochet a chance? March is National Crochet Month, so it is fitting to put a spotlight on the wonderful crochet patterns and projects worked in your favorite Manos del Uruguay yarns!

Angelia Robinson Crochet Patterns in Manos del UruguayThe Fairmount Fibers team works to include crochet patterns in each Spring and Fall collection. Angelia Robinson is the designer behind Geranio and Tembetari, each in Serena, Viedma in Silk Blend (top right), Minas in Silk Blend (middle right), and Membrillo in Fino (bottom right).

Published Crochet Patterns

New pattern magazines are arriving on newsstands and at your LYS! Keep your eyes out for these freshly published designs! The Arrowhead Cardigan, Interweave Crochet Spring 2016, in Serena, the Floral Diamond Wrap, Great Yarns, Great Styles to Crochet Spring 2016, in Fino, and the Fern Shawl, Love of Crochet Spring 2016, also in Fino.

You’ll notice that these patterns call for our lighter weight yarns, but of course you can crochet with all the Manos del Uruguay yarns. Check out our Crochet board on Pinterest or our Ravelry group for more inspiration. We welcome being tagged in your Facebook and Instagram photos of your crochet projects all year long!