Spotlight on Gloria

Category: New Stuff, Yarn Features

In North America, many knitters and crocheters are looking forward to the return of autumn and working with a favorite wool. Equally exciting is when a new yarn from a favorite yarn company arrives in the local yarn shop. Gloria, the newest addition to the Manos del Uruguay yarn collection, is that new yarn!

Manos del Uruguay Gloria

Gloria is a classic three-ply worsted weight yarn, with a bouncy twist and super squishy hand. This 100% merino superwash wool comes in a generous put-up of approximately 219 yards in each 100g skein. Blankets, baby items, cowls, and sweaters are just a few of the patterns for which Gloria will be a perfect choice.

Gloria Color Inspiration Collage

Photos of Uruugay by Matteo Fogale and Laetitia de Allegri.
Yarn (clockwise from top left) Natural, Cachilo, Hibisco, Noche, and Vereda)

The color options for Gloria are the result of the work of Matteo Fogale and Laetitia de Allegri, two up-and-coming young designers. Last summer they visited Uruguay and expressed interest in working with the time honored crafts and traditional skills, wool and woodwork in particular. Over a month, they embarked on a road trip through Uruguay, making a stop in Algorta, where one of the Manos cooperatives is located. They spent some time with the artisans there, learning about their work and a bit about hand-weaving. The pictures they took are small pieces of the Uruguayan landscape, and provided the inspiration for the colorways. In the collage above, only five are shown. Gloria is available in sixteen colorways!

Gloria Yarn photo by FibreSpace on Instagram

We enjoy seeing the glorious Gloria make its way out into the shops across the country. If your shop has recently opened their shipment, encourage them to share with us and we can all share in the excitement! Or if you have brought several hanks of Gloria into your stash,  we’d love to hear about your color choices and pattern plans. We are ever ready in the Ravelry group, on Facebook and Twitter, as well as Instagram!

Mid-Summer Pattern Round-Up

Category: Featured Projects, New Stuff

Today Fairmount Fibers would like to share with you a round-up of recently published patterns, perfect for travel or simply relaxing in your favorite location near the pool, at the park, or on your porch! Each of these patterns calls for Manos del Uruguay yarns that are a blend of fibers, you won’t be sweating under a pile of wool on your lap. Remember, the projects you start today will be the finished objects you reach for this fall!

Checkerboard Lace Scarf Tree and Leaf Pullover

Look for these two designs in the August 2015 issue of I Like Knitting. Angelia Robinson’s Checkerboard Lace Scarf is knit in a simple lace pattern in Manos Serena. This scarf will be one to use over and over again. The Tree and Leaf Pullover, by Ela Torrente, is inspired by fairy tales to create an asymmetrical, seamless cardigan in Manos Silk Blend.

Pineapple Cardigan in Manos Serena Wavelength Beanie in Manos Silk Blend

Time-honored pineapple lace gets an update with this modern crochet cardigan. Manos Serena is a wonderful season-spanning choice for this lightweight summer cardigan. This Pineapple Cardigan, designed by Angelia Robinson, is found in the August 2015 issue of I Like Crochet. Give crochet post stitches a chance with the Wavelength Beanie, by Sharon Zientara, included in the new Quick Crocheted Accessories book. This makes a great on-the-go pattern for your favorite guy or gal, worked up in two skeins of Manos Silk Blend.

Manos del Uruguay Gloria

Additionally, keep an eye out at your local yarn shop for the arrival of Gloria, a new yarn Fairmount Fibers is pleased to bring to North America from Manos del Uruguay. Gloria is a 100% superwash merino worsted weight, three-ply yarn, we are confident you will love!  As always, we will be sharing more news about this wonderful new yarn on our Facebook page, Twitter feed, in the Ravelry group, and sharing stash acquisition and shop arrival photos on Instagram.

New Patterns from Fairmount Fibers

Category: Featured Projects, Free patterns, New Stuff

North America is currently experiencing the summer season. Temperatures are warm all over, but cooler days will return. The Fairmount Fibers team wants to share the new pattern collection with you now, giving you plenty of time to plan on your next favorite fall sweater or to work up an accessory item in your favorite Manos del Uruguay yarns!

Bristol Ivy Designs

Bristol Ivy is the featured designer in this new collection. Fans of her work, which is extensive, will enjoy her unique perspective. As she says in her Ravelry group, “My work focuses on the intersection between classic tailoring and innovative technique, creating a unique and wearable aesthetic while maintaining knitterly appeal.”  Shown above, her two sweater desgins, Bordure (left) and Pheon (right) are each knit in Manos Fino. The accessory patterns, Virgule (center, top) in Silk Blend and Quoin in Maxima (center, bottom), feature interesting construction techniques with eye-catching results.

Fall 2015 Patterns

The additional patterns complement Bristol Ivy’s designs so well. The Oxidar sweater, designed by Mari Chiba in Silk Blend, is a completely seamless design! On the right are all one skein wonders, great to start now for possible holiday gifts, or as selfish knits for yourself. From top to bottom are Ruina by Lisa R. Myers in Clara, Cobre by Christine Marie Chen in Maxima, Ferrico by Corrina Ferguson in Fino, and a free pattern for Clara, the Facil Shawl.

We are looking forward to seeing these new projects come to life in your favorite colorways. If you are a planner, the Pinterest board is ready for you to pin your favorite designs. Feel free to tag us in your pictures posted to Twitter and Instagram, and as always you are welcome to share your photos to our Facebook page and Ravelry group.

Wedding Blankets

Category: Featured Projects

In our previous blog post we shared projects made for use during the wedding ceremony. Today, we’d like to take a moment to spotlight several beautiful blankets made as wedding gifts using Manos del Uruguay yarns.

Four Seasons Throws

The Four Seasons Throws, by Judith Shangold, is knit in Wool Clasica. Knit in twelve squares, each having a different pattern, this is a highly portable project with a myriad of color combinations. Shown above (left to right) are gifts knit by MollyWafflesKnits, NatalieB, and Mstgarden.

Blanket Gifts in Manos Yarns

Jocelyn Tunney’s Salida del Sol design, also in Wool Clasica, is a popular choice as well. It is knit on the bias, so there is no seaming! Shown in the top row are blankets knit by mbarr86 (left) and gallops (right). We also spotted daviesbl’s Super Easy Lap Blanket in Maxima (bottom left) and BarbaraJ’s Canyon Throw (bottom right), another Judith Shangold design, in Wool Clasica.

What blanket or throw pattern knit in Manos yarns would you like to give or receive? You can post to any of our social media channels to let us know! We have a Facebook page, Ravelry group, Twitter and Instagram feeds.


Wedding Inspirations

Category: Featured Projects

Weddings are as unique as each couple tying the knot. Having a hand-made item can be that extra-special something that complements your theme or color scheme. Manos del Uruguay yarns are available in a variety of weights and colorways just right to use for a wedding accessory or shawl. Today we have gathered a few projects that knitters on Ravelry made for wedding ceremonies.

Project by SophieFrances Project by katywhumpus Project by kimerknits

Shawls seem to be the most common wedding handknit. Here are SophieFrances’ Mrs. Naylor, Katywhumpus’ Lindsey’s Wedding Shawl, and Kimerknits’ Deven’s Wedding Shawl. Each of these were knit in Manos Lace, a truly scrumptious blend of cashmere, silk, and wool!

Project by EleanorGang  Project by genesneaky

Two unique items also caught our attention in seeking out wedding project inspiration. EleanorGang’s Delmaya’s Wedding Mitts in Manos Lace and Genesneaky’s Bouquet Wrap in Manos Silk Blend. If these projects, or maybe one from our Pinterest board, have inspired you to make an item for an upcoming wedding, make sure to allow for plenty of time for the crafting! As always, we’d love to hear about the projects you make in Manos yarns, for your own wedding or as a gift. Share your thoughts and pictures with us on Facebook, Ravelry, Twitter or Instagram!