Manos Alegria for Socks

Category: Featured Projects

Start Your Socks!

It’s summertime here in North America and very hazy, hot, and humid! The temperature may rise, but this does not mean that the knitting needs to be put down. Socks are a knitter’s go-to project this time of year! A bonus to socks for summer knitting, as opposed to a sweater, is that as the project increases and nears completion, socks maintain their portability. Manos del Uruguay Alegria is a perfect yarn for sock knitters, just take a look at these designs and projects!

Designers use Manos Alegria in Sock designs

Alegria is a blend of 75% superwash merino / 25% polyamide with a rich, cushy hand. There are 31 hand-painted variegated colorways that shine in a plain or textured pattern. Shown above, clockwise from left, are the SpringTastic Socks by Stefanie Goodwin-Ritter, the Sweet Feet Pedicure Socks (a free pattern) by Little Church Knits, and the Waffle Alegria Socks by Olivia Weiss.

Socks knit in Manos del Uruguay Alegria

Knitters on Ravelry enjoy sharing their sock projects; have you shared your pair in our group yet? Here are a few projects that caught our eye. Above left, nzfriend’s Rivercat Socks in Alegria Acero. Center, top to bottom, PattyMach’s Purled Ladders in Pastel Tiza, justlivin’s Catch Me If You Can Socks in Locura Fluo, and Varant’s Rainy Day socks in Otono. On the right, mistresspol’s Rainbow Daleks in Locura Fluo.

Alegria in Semi-Solids

There are also 24 hand-painted semi-solid colorways of Alegria that perfectly complement the variegated colorways. It may seem counterintuitive to start a sock project when you’re enjoying your sandals, but you’ll be happy you did when the weather turns colder! We invite you to show off your socks by sharing them with us on Facebook and Instagram. Stay tuned for our next blog post when we spotlight projects and designs in Alegria that are not-socks!




New Patterns, Part 2

Category: Featured Projects, New Stuff

In our previous blog post, we shared new sweater, scarf, and wrap patterns. As promised, we have even more designs to share with you from the Fairmount Fibers team. This round-up includes smaller accessory patterns to keep your head, hands and neck cozy! Not only that, we are thrilled to share with you a mini-collection of baby knits!

2016 Fall Accessories

Hats, mitts, and cowls are practical projects! These designs are the work of Christine Marie Chen, Heather Zoppetti, Jocelyn J. Tunney and Kristen TenDyke. Shown above, clockwise from left: Fresa in Maxima, Mijo in Wool Clasica, Espelta in Clara, Perejil in Clara, and Tomillo Hat & Cowl in Gloria.

Knits for baby in Manos Yarns

We have enjoyed seeing so many baby items made from Manos del Uruguay yarns and are so excited to share with you the new baby patterns from Melissa LaBarre! These designs are sure to pop in the wonderful color palettes available and depending on your chosen colorway can read as boyish, girly, or gender-neutral. Shown above, clockwise from left: Trucha in Gloria, Habanero in Clara, and Pimiento in Alegria.

Espinaca baby blanket in Franca

Espinaca is a baby blanket, approximately 28″ square, knit with two colors of Franca. These cheery little knits all call for our superwash yarns, making your precious handknit gift easy to care for as well!

We hope this pattern collection has inspired you to start something new, for you or for someone special! Share your projects with us by leaving us a comment here, on our Facebook page, tag us on Instagram, or post to the Ravelry group.

New Patterns, Part 1

Category: Featured Projects, New Stuff

It’s never too early to start thinking about, planning, or working on your next fall project! The Fairmount Fibers team has a great new collection of patterns in all your favorite Manos del Uruguay Yarns. There are so many new designs, that we are going to present them to you in two blog installments.

Michele Wang Sweaters in Manos Yarns

Michele Wang is the Featured Designer of this collection. Her five sweater designs encompass styles that might be missing from your current sweater wardrobe. Shown above, Morilla in Maxima, Jalapeno in Silk Blend, and Centeno in Gloria. Shown below, Alforfon in Maxima and Sorgo in Wool Clasica.

Michele Wang sweater designs in Manos Yarns

Manos del Uruguay fall sweaters

That’s not all! Two additional sweaters, Cebada in Silk Blend and Sabio in Clara, designed by Laura Grutzeck and Kristen TenDyke, round out the collection. In harmony with the textured and cabled sweaters, and adding a touch of lace, perhaps a scarf or wrap design is more your style for transitioning to fall?

Scarves and Wraps

We are pleased to have scarves and a wrap design from Jocelyn J. Tunney, Angelia Robinson, and Heather Zoppetti.  Shown above: Amaranto in Silk Blend, Berza crocheted in Gloria, and Quinoa in Marina.

Stay tuned for our next blog post featuring smaller accessory items and knits for babies!

Spotlight on Angelia Robinson

Category: Featured Projects, Guest Bloggers

ASR Headshot 2-032015The Fairmount Fibers team has worked with many talented designers. Angelia Robinson is the designer behind a number of crochet patterns in Manos del Uruguay yarns. Angelia was generous and kind with her time to answer a handful of questions for this designer spotlight. We’re pleased to share her responses with you!

Felted Crochet Tote in Wool Clasica
How did you first come to work with Manos yarns? 
I met Lisa at TNNA a few years ago. It happened to be right around the time that I was also working on a commission for one of Vogue Knitting’s special crochet issues. I mentioned to Lisa that I had been assigned Manos Clasica to use in a felted tote bag, and she said she had not seen felted crochet before. So I showed her pictures of the work-in-progress and we talked about it. After the trade show I sent in a few swatches and sketches, and we’ve been working together ever since. Shown above is the #05 Felted Tote, from Vogue Knitting Crochet 2013 Special Issue.
Angelia Robinson Designs for Fairmount Fibers

Do you have a favorite base or colorway in the Manos Yarn line?
My first favorite was Silk Blend. I’ve designed several garments with this base, and I’m always pleased with the results. I love the drape, softness, and sheen that the touch of silk adds to the wool. But my new favorite is definitely Serena. The sport-weight cotton/baby alpaca blend is perfect for spring and summer garments and accessories. I live in Los Angeles, and our climate doesn’t give us a lot of opportunities to go full-on wool. Blends like Serena are a must in my personal yarn stash. Shown above, left to right: Viedma in Silk Blend, Geranio in Serena, and Tembetari in Serena.

Cowls by Angelia Robinson

How did you get started knitting / crocheting / designing? Who taught you?
I learned to crochet as a child. My mom taught me, but I only picked up the chain and single crochet stitches at the time. I was just too impatient! About 12 years ago I stumbled across a crochet club at my local library, and I was literally hooked! The women in the club were so wonderfully generous with their time, wisdom and yarn as they reintroduced me to the craft. Soon I was crocheting again and knitting, too. Membrillo in Fino is shown above left, and Minas in Silk Blend is shown above right.

 Angelia Robinson crochet sweatersWhere do you draw inspiration from?
I am inspired by the challenge of making a garment both fit and flatter the body. This is a completely selfish concern because my pear-shaped form is not always easy to dress. So when I start a new project, I usually begin by asking myself, “How would this look on me? Could I wear this out in public?” I love to browse through vintage fashion books, magazines, and thrift stores for inspiration. Just looking at silhouettes, hems, necklines and other vintage details always sparks new ideas in my head. I also like to reclaim yarn from thrift store sweaters. Not only is the process of dismantling and unraveling old sweaters a lot of fun, but it has also taught me so much about fit and garment construction. Above from left to right: Pineapple Cardigan in Serena, Siracha Twinset in Silk Blend, and Mint Breeze Cardigan in Silk Blend.
Gloria swatch
Do you have any Manos currently on your needles or hook? Maybe a peek at a future design in Manos? 
I recently finished a scarf and mitts set in Gloria which will be part of the Fall 2016 Accessories release. I used a fun zig-zag lace stitch which works up very quickly. I love the way subtle color variations in the yarn play across the lace.
Thanks again to Angelia for sharing with us! Take a moment to check out her designs in Manos Yarns and feel free to share your crochet projects with us on Facebook, Ravelry, Twitter or Instagram!

Meet Marina

Category: Yarn Features


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!