Francis Mallmann is a renowned South American T.V. chef. He is an expert at cooking with fire, and as Food & Wine put it, “over it, under it, in it and around it”. Recently, he taped a segment at the Manos cooperative in Fraile Muerto, where much of our yarn is made. In the photos and videos shared here, you can see he is cooking over an open flame in the yard next to the workshop. Maxima and Silk Blend can be spotted hanging on the lines over his head. If you have a skein or more of M7158 Mixed Berries tagged by Leticia or Blanca, and you happen to notice the yarn smells like barbecue, here’s the reason why! The photos and remainder of this post originally appeared on manosdeluruguay.wordpress.com.
Francis Mallmann, a famous Argentine gourmet chef visited and cooked in our cooperative Fraile Muerto in Cerro Largo. In his relentless pursuit of new and unknown landscapes, Francis chose our rural Uruguay and gently rolling hills, where he found the perfect setting for one of his original gastronomic adventures. CARF is a sector of the Manos del Uruguay cooperatives dedicated to spinning and dyeing wool by hand.
Francis’s visit caused a stir in the cooperative and the entire village. Cameras filled the central square and settled in the village to participate in the spectacle of Francis Mallmann manning the cooking fire. The artisans showed their culinary skills as well and entertained the distinguished guest with homemade bread, fried cake, dulce de leche, jams and stew. Surrounded by artisans, turkeys and lambs and framed by newly dyed skeins of wool drying in the sun, Francis cooked in large pot over low heat and delighted us with golden rice. The dining experience was full of almost overwhelming original tastes and aromas.
There are also several YouTube videos linked at the bottom of the original post. A few for your enjoyment to see the cooking in action are here, here, and here.
Here’s a round-up of some of the new Manos happenings to have hit the web in November! We have a few new colors that are already ready for the Spring lines, like Ultramarine in Maxima (below) and four colors of Serena: Fig, Mineral, Thunder and Dusk. If you haven’t tried our soft, single-ply Maxima yet, I can’t think of a better reason to get some right away than a lovely, subtly variegated shade like this:
Another November happening in the knitting world was the release of the winter Twist Collective magazine. I think everyone looks forward to the new issues of Twist, but we especially anticipate it when there’s a Manos project involved! You may recall from my last blog post that I think Rittenhouse is an ideal yarn for sweaters. Apparently, Mari Muinonen and Twist agree, because they’ve provided this wonderful Freija sweater design.
This stylish sweater is another great example of how fantastic Rittenhouse is for showing off fancy knitting with clear stitch definition. Freija would be a great design choice for the type of heirloom or masterpiece garments that I think this yarn is so perfect for… all that elaborate cablework would really show for everyone to admire, and you could be certain that your hard work would last in a low-pilling, hard-wearing yarn choice. I’m so thrilled that Twist Collective is showing off Rittenhouse in this wonderful pattern; it was great news for Manos and sweater knitters alike! It’s making me really look forward to seeing what knitting news we’re involved in next month… I always enjoy sharing these wonderful ideas and great yarns.
Fashion-conscious readers of the New York Times’ style magazine “T” will have already seen this amazing spread of knitwear incorporated into high fashion styles, called “Retro Fitted.” But did you know there is also socially-conscious yarn making an appearance here? Paired with a stunning Valentino dress is a knitterly kerchief worked up in Manos del Uruguay’s Wool Clàsica. (If you want to style your own version, it’s color #17 and you could use one of these patterns!)
Photo: Willy Vanderperre. Stylist: Anne Christensen.
It’s always gratifying to see hand-knitting get this type of “mainstream” exposure. Wool Clàsica is such a wonderfully rustic yarn, being both hand-spun and hand-dyed, that it is a remarkable contrast to the fully-styled extravagance of the Valentino gown. It’s only too bad that the mainstream designers get all the credit in this type of spread, along with the amazing stylists and hair/makeup artists, and not enough spotlight goes to the skilled artisans who create the Manos line of yarns. I wonder what it would take to get an NYT fashion spread done at the Uruguay co-op? Just think of all the colors!