It’s a new year and now is the perfect time to take stock of your crafty skills and Manos del Uruguay yarn stash! Consider all that you accomplished last year as a starting point. Even if you just learned to knit, purl, or wield a crochet hook, you can build on those skills! Feel free to work a few of these ideas into your crafty resolutions and goals.
Make a Hat & Learn to Cable
The newest free pattern from the Fairmount Fibers team is the Florentine Cable Hat. One skein of bulky-weight Serpentina works up quickly in a medium adult-sized hat. This is a great introduction to cables and results in a practical project!
Step Up Your Sweater Style
Winter weather is here and will be for a while – thank goodness for sweaters! The brand new Twist Collective includes the Framework sweater by Kate Gilbert in Maxima. Another turtleneck sweater option is the Raglan Turtleneck Sweater by Rosemary Drysdale in Franca, published in Vogue Knitting Winter 2017/18. All the Love is a boxy style pullover with beautiful lace details down the front and back, knit in Silk Blend, designed by Joji Locatelli. Bonus: Joji’s design is a fundraising effort for a children’s school in Argentina! Click here to read the details.
Double Hook Mitts
The Double Hook Mitts, published in Interweave Crochet Winter 2018, uses a double-ended Tunisian crochet hook and Fino in these ribbed, two-color fingerless mitts. Imagine how impressed your non-fiber friends will be when you pull out these reversible mitts. Consider making a pile of these now and be ready for the end-of-year holiday season!
Whether you’re enhancing your stash and trying a new-to-you Manos yarn base or colorway or building your skills with a new project, we’d love to hear about it! We’re on Facebook, Ravelry, and Instagram, ready to encourage your projects and plans throughout 2018.
Can you believe that we are in the last few weeks of December? As we wrap up the month and year, our 2018 calendar is already beginning to fill. No time is wasted, as the Fairmount Fibers team will be kicking things off with exciting events in January!
For the first time, Manos del Uruguay yarns will have an exhibitor’s booth at Vogue Knitting Live in New York City. This event is taking place January 12-14, at the New York Marriott Marquis. Between classes and lectures, stop in the marketplace to see the Manos del Uruguay models, samples, and yarn. We’ve partnered with several shops from whom you can purchase your favorite Manos del Uruguay Yarns.
The new year brings new colorways and we can’t wait for you to pick up Milo from your local yarn shop in space-dyed colors. We’re already considering the patterns in which we can pair up the new space-dyed colors with the tonals. The Montevideo Pullover Top and Smattering Wrap are two crochet projects that come to mind.
Our Spring collection is sure to brighten those grey winter days. The new collection is an ensemble of designs and you can look forward to a crochet capsule. Our fans and friends in Venice, Florida will get a first look as Needlefish Yarns will have the collection from January 1 through January 22. Stay tuned for announcements and more details in January on Facebook, Instagram, and Ravelry.
What Manos del Uruguay projects and yarns will make it onto your needles and hooks first in January? Start a special project for yourself! Consider indulging in a set of Fino Mini-Skeins or a kit from your local yarn shop. The Mentolat Kit in Manos Silk Blend is available in 8 colorways total, the four newest colorways are shown above (middle). Gradiente Kits in Manos Marina are available in 5 colorways.
Thank you for a wonderful year of colorful projects! Cheers to a Happy New Year!
Everyone could use an extra hand or a bit more time these days. While we can’t do your knitting or crocheting for you, we can offer suggestions for quick projects and patterns. Using Manos del Uruguay yarns like Franca and Serpentina, you still have time to cast-on and cast-off several wonderful handmade items!
Manos del Uruguay Franca
You can’t get much faster than a project with Franca! Simple stitches will show off the beauty of this yarn. The Fairmount Fibers team has ten free patterns to download for hats, cowls, mitts, and even a baby blanket! The most popular of these is the Weekend Cowl which calls for one skein and size US15 needles. For a classic vintage style ski hat, pair the Vermonter hat with a skein of Franca in Corderito, as julbugs did. The Pavement Infinity Scarf, a free crochet pattern from Fiber Flux, is a beautiful pattern in which to showcase your favorite Franca colorways. Shown above is BabyG1’s project in Granada.
Manos del Uruguay Serpentina
One of our newest free patterns is the Flecha Cowl, a super-quick knit with one skein of Serpentina. LucindaIglesias knit hers in one evening after dinner! We are thinking about using a skein of Serpentina in the Turban(d) pattern or the Onda Cowl; each originally calls for Wool Clasica.
We have a curated Pinterest board, Festive Holidays, for projects of all sizes for inspiration. There are pinned a few free gift tags you can download and print, along with ideas on using yarn to wrap your presents!
Of course we don’t want to ruin any holiday surprises, but we do love to see your work. If you can, we’d love for you to share your photos on Facebook, Instagram, or Ravelry!
The holiday frenzy will soon turn our attention to projects using bulky yarns or last-minute gift ideas, but before that, we’d like to spotlight a few spectacular fan projects in Manos del Uruguay yarns. We also want to share with you the latest free patterns for possible gifts or a new sweater for yourself! When you choose Manos del Uruguay yarn, be it one skein or several, you help a woman in Uruguay support her family. Thank you!
Persian Dreams is a beautiful pattern composed of colorwork hexagon motifs. Manos del Uruguay Alegria in the semi-solid and variegated colorways provide ample opportunity to achieve your desired color palette. KYFarmgirl used only Blueberry and Silver for her stunning throw and Katylynn06 combined Natural with eleven other semi-solids for a vibrant blanket!
We love to browse Ravelry to see your work and this action always enables us to add more items to the must-make lists! Alegria is wonderful in a crochet garment, as KimBelle62’s Glimmer vest demonstrates; what a great layering piece! Tornangel012’s Effortless Cardigan (top row, middle) in Gloria, Noisygirl’s Double Knit Tartan Mittens (top row, right) in Maxima, and MichelleMcComa’s Reversible Cowl in Alegria Grande (bottom row, right) inspires us to combine colorways for unique results. KarenPow’s Maritime Morning Cowl (bottom row, middle) with a cushy texture in Serpentina is a project we want for ourselves!
Check your Ravelry queues! Did you know the Serena Collection 1 is now available as individual pattern downloads on our free pattern page? Serena is a gorgeous yarn choice for season-spanning garments and accessories. The six patterns are Ana, Cecilia, Elina, Ines, Martina, and Sofia.
We would love to connect with you as you stash, design, swatch, knit, crochet, or weave with Manos del Uruguay yarns! Don’t forget, the Fairmount Fibers team participates on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Ravelry as ManosYarnsUSA.
Hello, November! Here in the U.S., the weather is cooler, the days are shorter, and magazine winter and holiday issues are previewing online! Let us enable your “to-do” list with a quick round-up of the latest patterns that call for Manos del Uruguay yarns.
A one-skein quick-to-knit project can keep your motivation going when you need a break from your current project. The Flecha Cowl is the newest free pattern to download from the Fairmount Fibers design team. One skein of Serpentina is all you need! The sample shown here is P1563 Amelia. Did you know that the Serpentina colorways are named in honor of influential women?
Speaking of influential women, Deborah Newton embraced the traditional Scandinavian stocking cap in honor of
her Swedish mother and grandmother in her new design found in the Vogue Knitting Holiday 2017 issue. The #03 Scandinavian Hat uses Manos del Uruguay Fino in a modified version that eliminates an inner lining.
Cables and colorwork combine in Paula Pereira’s Orianna, published in Pom Pom Quarterly Issue 23. An assortment of Wool Clasica colors are used, including 59 Kohl (main color), 31 Nickel, 25 Shale, 34 Oilslick, 71 Wisteria, 68 Citric, and 80 Highlighter. Maybe this would be a good wishlist item? An unassembled sweater, as it were, and you could ask for the yarn for this project!
Susanna IC’s new Tarfala Valley Shawl is on the cover of the Winter 2017 Love of Knitting! It is a shallow crescent shawl worked from the top down in easy garter with a pretty lace edging that can be left unblocked for a cute ruffle. Silk Blend in 3301 Abalone and 3224 Ice Melt are shown here. Which colors will you use?
Let’s connect on your favorite social channel! The Fairmount Fibers team participates on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Ravelry as ManosYarnsUSA.