As North America looks forward to the arrival of Spring, we at Fairmount Fibers are also looking forward to seeing your projects inspired by these new patterns. All of the Manos del Uruguay yarns have such wonderful color palettes to work with your project, you’ll want to find a way to use them all!
Katya Frankel’s Stepping Stones Shawl is featured as the cover design of newest issue of Knit.Purl. Four skeins of Silk Blend are used in this textural knit. A kit for this design (including pattern and yarn) is available for a limited time from the Interweave store, click here to order yours today! In the Spring/Summer Vogue Knitting is the Scoop Neck Tee by Yoko Hatta. Shown here in three colorways of Serena (#S2444 harbor, #S2457 tide, #S2590 natural), the fiber blend and our kettle-dyeing process give the colors a heathered, stonewashed look.
The Cleo Wrap, by Dora Ohrenstein, uses an easy-to-remember crochet stitch pattern and six skeins of Serena to create this lightweight yet warm wrap. Serena is a season-spanning blend of pima cotton and baby alpaca has fantastic drape, a beautiful choice for crochet projects such as this. On the right is the Sriracha Twinset, published in the Spring 2015 Interweave Crochet. A spicy edge frames this updated twinset in Silk Blend. Designer Angelia Robinson recently blogged about the design process, click here to read more.
Items in the Fairmount Fibers Spring 2015 collection continue to be added to Ravelry queues! We hope you’ll share your in-progress photos on your favorite social media channel. Shown above, top row left-to-right: Calida, Azahar, Galicia, and Asturias. Bottom row, left-to-right: Dorada, Maresme, Blanca, Vasca, and Mariscos.
The blog of the cooperatives, manosdeluruguay.wordpress.com, shared a post last fall in which the Rural Association of Uruguay (ARU) honored four women at the opening ceremony of Expo Prado, an international exhibition of agricultural industry and commercial goods. These women symbolized the value of rural women, one of whom is Sonia Wilkinson. Sonia has been a weaver at the Manos del Uruguay cooperatives for 38 years!
Sonia shared these words:
For me it has been an honor to represent my people. Manos del Uruguay has been my school, my second home and they value what I do. In addition to giving us tools and raw materials, we were given training for personal growth in different areas of the cooperative and the environment in which we live. It marked a path in my life, with values to achieve our goals: responsibility, respect, love, commitment, solidarity, effort, and perseverance.
Here, Sonia is pictured at a loom. On the Manos Co-operatives Instagram feed, they recently shared a video clip of a warp being made, check it out:
If you are a knitter, crocheter, or weaver, you are going to need materials. While you first may be drawn to the fabulous Manos del Uruguay yarns for the color and feel, the yarn does more than just look good in your project! Fairmount Fibers would like to remind you that since its foundation in 1968, Manos del Uruguay has been deeply committed towards the social and economic development of the rural women.
Fair Trade is better for the environment. All the Manos del Uruguay yarns are line-dried outside! In the winter, production schedules have to allow for increased drying time, because there are no indoor drying facilities.
Fair Trade means fair pay and working conditions and empowers women. The Manos Cooperatives provide health insurance, retirement pensions, paid vacations and paid maternity leave for their members.
Fair Trade means quality goods. Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica is hand spun in the cooperatives using pure wool from the local Corriedale sheep. The artisanal spin makes not-perfectly-even stitches part of the richness of the finished product rather than a flaw.
Fair Trade connects you with other cultures. Each and every skein of yarn is signed, so you will know who made your yarn, and from which village it came.
Thank you for your continued support of Manos del Uruguay yarns! We enjoy seeing the projects you create and hope you will continue to share them with us! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Ravelry, and Instagram.
Are you experiencing the Winter Blahs? Fairmount Fibers is excited to share the 2015 Spring pattern collection with you. These projects in Manos Serena, Silk Blend, Fino and Lace are sure to be a breath of fresh air to rejuvenate your knitting mojo! We love to hear about how you are enjoying the Manos del Uruguay yarns. When you have a moment, we encourage you to share those projects with us on the social media channel of your choice: Facebook, Ravelry, Twitter, or Instagram!
This season’s featured designer is Ruth Garcia-Alcantud. Sweater designs include (clockwise from top left) Calida, Azahar, and Blanca. Accessory designs include the Dorada shawl (bottom left) and Maresme cowl & mitts (bottom center).
Also included in the collection are (clockwise from top left) the Galicia sweater by Emma Welford, Asturias shawl by Lisa R. Myers, Marisco wrap by Jocelyn J. Tunney, and Vasca cowl by Heather Zoppetti. Cast on for a new project and let yourself be distracted by the wonderful yarns, colorways and the process of making your next project!
We have noticed a fair number of knitters and crocheters indulging in selfish projects this month. A true treat as winter settles in is to select something special from your queue and cast on with a yarn containing a bit of silk in it. Fairmount Fibers is proud to bring several yarn choices to your local yarn shop: Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend, Fino, and Lace.
Elegant and refined, Fino combines the softness of merino wool with the lustre of silk in a lightweight yarn that’s perfect for heirloom accessories or luxurious garments. Fino features a new dye process that yields complex, subtle, tonal colors. Vana Shrug, by Teresa Gregorio in the Spring 2015 Knitscene, features lace edges and raglan shaping, is perfectly suited for any spring day, rain or shine. Melimoyu, designed by Varian Brandon, is a fabulous opportunity to explore colorwork.
This isn’t just any lace yarn: it’s composed of baby alpaca for warmth and softness, silk for shine, and cashmere for pure luxury. Your finest work deserves the finest fiber! The Theodora Shawl is a free pattern designed by Lisa R. Myers in two skeins of Lace. Soft and shiny, Silk Blend gives good stitch definition to cables and other texture patterns. Its jewel-like colors work beautifully in stranded colorwork designs. An interesting example of this comes in to play with Heather Zoppetti’s design, Bizcocho, a sweater worked in Silk Blend, with the contrast colors of the yoke worked in Lace.
On the left, the westbourne pattern, was knit by Ravelry user AngrySriLankan, using Manos Lace for the main colorway in combination with Habu Textiles Tsugumi Silk for the contrasting stripes. Ravelry user Mutszi, used two skeins of Fino in the Purple Caramel shawl project (center). We are looking forward to the pattern release of this design! Silk Blend is stunning as a showcase for textural work like knutty67’s Cabled Vest.
Are you enjoying January with projects just for you? We love hearing about all the projects you make and look forward to hearing from you in our Ravelry group or on our Facebook page! Feel free to also tag us on Twitter, too! If you’re looking for more inspiration click over to the Patterns page on the Fairmount Fibers website!