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!

 

Leaves and Flowers in Knit and Crochet Patterns

Category: Featured Projects

The previous Fairmount Fibers blog post provided pattern and project inspiration for a few of the floral colorways of Manos del Uruguay yarns. Today we would like to spotlight the patterns which incorporate floral motifs! Leaves and flowers are common design elements throughout the year that can be simple or intricate, but are always beautiful.

FloralProjectsPublishedA number of designs have been published in print and online, using Manos del Uruguay yarns and we are happy for the chance to share them with you again! The Dahlia Cardigan by Heather Zoppetti, the Ginkgo Counterpane Shawl by Paula Levy, and Ceylon by Kristen TenDyke are all knit in Serena. Escarcha Flor by Varian Brandon, is knit in Wool Clasica.

Flower Projects on RavelryHere we have projects by Ravelry members (clockwise from top left): Dara212’s Chrysanthemum Shawl crocheted in an assortment of Silk Blend, Jane Vanselous’ Lotus Shawlette crocheted in Serena, weaselmomma’s Echo Flower shawl knit in Fino, and Libby Summers’ Rose knit in Serena.

How have you incorporated botanical designs into your projects? Share your photos with us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Ravelry!

Manos Yarns and Floral Inspirations

Category: Featured Projects

Flower Collage

 

Did you know that there are more than thirty-five colorways that are named for a floral inspiration across the different bases of Manos del Uruguay Yarns? In this blog post, we’d like to share projects and patterns made in four of these unique colorways: Wildflowers, Peony, Lilypad and Glicinas.

 

 

 

 

Signs of Spring Cowl Collage The Signs of Spring cowl, by Lisa R. Myers, is a free download from Fairmount Fibers, and calls for two skeins of Serena. Shown here in S8931 Wildflowers (left), handmadebykoren’s project in S2609 Peony (top), and mathiri’s project in S9095 Lilypad (bottom).

Glicinas CollageThe Glicinas colorway of Alegria is inspired by the Wisteria plant, you might recall from our What’s In a Name? post. Here are (clockwise from top left) redfox-knits’ Wisteria Wrap, Brennee’s Starshower, wizbit13uk’s Spring Geese, and Tihiri’s Betsy Cardigan.

Crochet Garland Manos Silk Blend in Wildflower colorwayWe hope we have inspired you to indulge in a favorite floral colorway of Manos Yarn for your next project! Are you using a floral colorway to create a floral motif, like this crochet pansy trim we spotted on Silverpebble2’s Instagram feed? Let us know what your favorite is by sharing your photos and comments on the Fairmount Fibers Facebook page, Ravelry group, Twitter or Instagram!

Spring Project Inspiration

Category: Featured Projects

In our last post we presented a round up of the newly published Spring patterns. In this blog post we’d like to spotlight the projects made by crafters like you and shared with us on Ravelry, Facebook and Instagram!

EricaMay's Xeni Shawl Ayamaru Shawl Woven Serena Scarf

These three projects were shared to the Manos del Uruguay Yarns group on Ravelry. On the left is the Xeni Shawl by Kitman Figueroa, knit by Ericamay in the Silhouette colorway of Fino. The Ayamaru Cowl, which calls for one skein of Alegria, was designed and knit by LaVisch. Gitagiri’s First Woven Scarf, in the Mermaid colorway of Serena, caught our eye too.

Sunrise Tunic in Serena Llama Llama Ewe Maxima Shawl Purls of Wisdom Cowl

Local Yarn Shops frequently share their shop samples with us on Facebook and we enjoy seeing the different yarn and pattern combinations! Fiber & Vine mentioned us in their photo of this Sunrise Tunic in Serena. Llama Llama Ewe shared their picture of Caitlin, and her freshly finished Age of Brass & Steam shawl in Maxima! Maxima was also used in a seed stitch cowl posted by Purls of Wisdom.

Instagram Maxima Hat Woven Mug Rugs Crochet Silk Blend

Instagram is the third arena in which we can feast on the visuals. Keep your eye on our account, @ManosYarns, and the hashtag #manosdeluruguay for lots of visual treats! Here we have the Hartwell Hat taken by Babyfatchance, Mug Rugs by yarnologie, (both in Maxima) and a Silk Blend crochet work-in-progress by fiffel.

We hope you will find us on your favorite social media channel and we look forward to inspiring your next project!