Weaving at the Co-operatives

Category: Translated posts

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!

Uruguayan Women

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.

Sonia at Loom

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:

Estamos urdiendo! We are making a warp! #warp #wool #manosdeluruguay

A video posted by Manos del Uruguay (@manosdeluruguay) on

Made For Mom

Category: Featured Projects, Translated posts

In the United States, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. Moms all around the world do so much and Fairmount Fibers is proud to bring you yarn made by women, to support women, in the cooperatives in Uruguay. In this blog post, we’d like to spotlight several customer projects from Ravelry that were made “for Mom”.

JocelynS made a Nursing Shawl for her daughter, an expectant Mom, in Alegria. Jillannbal’s Herbs and Honey Cowl was knit in her Mom’s choice of Maxima. ThistleKnitter’s Fussy Cuts for Fussy Mom is a beautiful combination of assorted Wool Clasica and Noro Kuryeon.

Mmiscevic’s Lace Blanket Shawl in Maxima is a work of art, incorporating the name and adjectives that describe her Grandmother! Beckybecky used Lace in her Ethereal for Mom project, and cboncek’s Mitts for Mom are knit in Silk Blend.

We would love to know what special items you have made for your Mom in Manos del Uruguay yarns. Please let us know here with a blog comment, a post on our Facebook page, or share your projects with our Ravelry group!

The blog of the cooperatives, manosdeluruguay.wordpress.com, shared illustrations by Lucrecia de León in their post of Mother’s Day gift ideas. The mother ewe and her lamb are a simply sweet part of the window display:

Francis Mallmann and Manos del Uruguay

Category: Manos in the News, Translated posts

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.

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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.


Featured Artisan: Patricia Peralta

Category: Artisan Profiles, Translated posts

There are many wonderful artisans working as part of the Manos del Uruguay cooperatives.  Today we would like to share with you an interview with Patricia Peralta who works in the technical department of felt. The original interview was first published on the Manos del Uruguay blog.

What is your current role in Manos del Uruguay?

I am currently working in the Central (Montevideo) cooperative. Working with the design team, we generate ideas to make felt and manufacturing developments. I try to simplify the new designs as much as possible, so that later, when it goes into production, the design does not lose the quality that is a priority for Manos.

When did you join the organization?

I joined Manos in March 1991. I worked a while, then I left for personal reasons and returned in 2004 because they needed people for a very large export. Then I left for a time to work for the harvest. In May 2006 I was hired. A group of four women were assembled to learn a new technique with felt that was implemented in Manos. It was a challenge for my cooperative, to acquire an ancient craft, which is now the rage in international fashion. The cooperative continues this activity, making producs that are then sold on the premises.

What was it that attracted you to Manos del Uruguay?

What attracted me to Manos at the time was the opportunity to work. I was asked for a commitment to the work, to be responsible and to do things with quality. When I started working, I had three sisters, one who was part of the Council. I liked to see them because they wore hand knitting work home, and I always liked the craft.

What were you doing when you started?

When I started, I trained with artisan Lilian Muniz. She taught me to operate the machines, to knit jersey, intarsia, all in children’s garments. After I learned I could start working for production.

What other jobs have you held?

I performed other tasks as finishing, clothing, crochet, embroidery, all the crafts that are used in Manos. Being in Central I have learned to work the loom, not much, but the basics to help make samples.

What tasks do you do now?

Now I work in felt, this magic craft. In each project I find myself doing more and more of what is possible with wool, moisture, heat and love in the kneading. In this craft it happens that I can turn on my creativity and imagination. It’s a challenge. Every day always comes with something new. It’s good.

Of all the tasks in Manos, which one do you like best?

I actually like doing all the crafts, I do not think one is better than another. I always try to put my best in everything I do to make things better and better myself. I work hard because what I do today, the cooperatives will produce in the future and all the products are sold in the market or are often exported.

What has Manos del Uruguay given you?

Manos has given me great satisfaction, I have learned a lot. I have the opportunity to work at the plant to develop my creativity and grow as a person. I love working in Central in Montevideo.



Category: Translated posts

The above image was posted on the Manos del Uruguay Spanish blog; isn’t it adorable? The words above the sheep translate to “Love Christmas More”. We hope that you have loved your holiday season more as well! Of course, this also includes celebrating the New Year. Did you know that in Uruguay, on the last work day of the year, ripped pages from calendars and buckets of water are thrown out of office windows in the financial district of the Uruguayan capital in celebration of the end of the year?

Do your knitting resolutions include knitting greener? Do you have projects started and not yet finished in your favorite Manos del Uruguay yarns? Start over in 2013 by giving yourself permission to rip out those projects that just aren’t working right and reclaim that yarn for something you will really love! This is a great time of year to refresh and replenish your stash after holiday knitting! From Lace to Wool Clasica, Maxima to Serena, there is a yarn for each of your new projects! You will also want to try out Fino and Alegria, our two newest yarns perfect for fingering-weight projects.   There are many ideas and inspiration in our Ravelry group and on our Facebook page!