Manos del Uruguay Roving: Spin Your Own

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Knitters and crocheters know with every purchased skein of Manos yarn, you help a woman in Uruguay support her family. Did you know that this commitment extends to the Manos del Uruguay 100% Merino Roving as well? Today we’d like to spotlight several hand-spun projects featuring this fiber.

Manos del Uruguay Roving spun up

Hand-spun projects from Ravelry (clockwise from top right) Longpig’s Flame On yarn, Shriekingviolet’s Phoenix, PlutoniumMuffin’s Dragon Cowl inWildflower handspun, Juliecazknits’ The Age of Brass & Steam in Bramble handspun, and AuntieFona’s Fractal Fingering.


Gitagiri Manos Handspun sweater

We were particularly taken with Gitagiri’s First Handspun Sweater. She spun a braid of Roving in the Abalone colorway, then knit it as stripes with a complementary neutral colored yarn to make the gorgeous sweater above!

Manos Roving allows the spinner to take the Manos colorways they love and create a yarn that is the weight of their choice, maybe a little heavier or lighter, kept as a single or made a 3-ply. Click over to see our dedicated Pinterest board for more inspiration, then share your Manos handspun with us on Facebook, Ravelry, or Instagram!

On Display at TNNA

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On a warm weekend in June, Fairmount Fibers / Manos del Uruguay traveled to Columbus, Ohio for The National NeedleArts Association Summer trade show.  In this venue yarn shops, distributors, publishers and designers gather together to share what is new and exciting in the world of fiber arts. Manos del Uruguay was represented with a booth that showcased the new colors of your favorite fair trade yarns for hand knitting and offered a peek of patterns that will be released in the upcoming weeks.

Our bundles of skeins, referred to as “dolls”, are just as eye-catching as the skeins hanging up on the wall.


The Fall 2012 collection was also on display.  The five patterns designed by Julie Hoover include an oversized pullover in Maxima, a striped raglan pullover in Silk Blend, a boxy tee in Serena, a chunky textured cowl in Clasica and handwarmer-sleeves in Maxima. Three additional patterns by Lisa R. Myers, Jocelyn Tunney, and Mary Beth Temple complete the collection.

The show is a whirlwind of people, yarn, and inspiration! We hope you are as excited about the upcoming colorways and patterns as we are! Did you attend TNNA? We would love to hear your thoughts on our Facebook page, in our Ravelry group, or tweet us @ManosYarns.

Textured Stitches

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There’s a great multi-season sleeveless top using Serena in the fantastic new book by Connie Chang Chinchio, Textured Stitches.

The Jennifer Shell features simple shaping and a stylish pleated collar detail that’s perfect for any occasion!  Such classic hallmarks of Connie’s designs are perfect complements to Serena‘s luxurious blend of baby alpaca and pima cotton.  This lightweight shell is ideal for work and play and designed for maximum wearability. We think it would look great in any of our semi-solid & space-dyed colorways – we can’t wait to see what everyone chooses!

Image © Joe Hancock

Shown in: Serena (60% alpaca, 40% cotton; 170 yd 155 m/50 g): #2246 oyster (taupe), 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6) skeins.
Body: size U.S. 5 (3.75 mm): 24” (60 cm) circular; Pleats: size U.S. 4 (3.5 mm): 24” (60 cm) circular
Finished Size:
About 33 (35, 38, 43, 47, 50)” (84, 89, 96.5, 109, 119.5, 127 cm) bust circumference.  Shell shown measures 35” (89 cm).


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We have our winners from last week’s contest. The Random Number Generator Chose:


Rav user CabledCrusader’s comment “Hellotrope and man-708 are my favorites!”


Jenn’s comment: “Ooh! I love, love, love the Stellar colorway! Thanks for the chance to win! (I’m bluej on Ravelry)”


ELP’s comment:  “My favorite Manos color is 116. :D Yay TOK Giveaway.”

Your pattern will be sent to your Ravelry ID or e-mail account as soon as possible. Thanks to everyone who entered!

A Trip to Uruguay

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We had a chance to chat with Judy Fawcett, travel agent and intrepid knitter who recently took a life-changing trip to Uruguay with a small group of adventurous knitters.

During her visit, they had the opportunity to make the journey to one of the Manos co-ops near the Brazilian border; this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity was two years in the making! Many of the co-ops are located in remote areas, providing jobs for the residents who would otherwise have to move to larger cities and be separated from their families in order to make a living. However, that means that few tourists are able – or willing! – to make the journey to get a closer look.

Judy said, “The women of the co-op gave us a warm welcome – they had tea waiting! They weren’t initially aware that we were all knitters; once they found out, we were sisters!”

Judy observed that everyone at the co-op was able to do everything – winding, dyeing, etc. Though the workspace and equipment was basic, each worker was able to do their job with the utmost proficiency and care. Another thing that made an impression was how joyful and sincere everyone seemed. When the women shared the story of the co-op, it was clear that they considered their coworkers as family. Time and time again, the visitors heard how the co-op enabled them to stay close to their loved ones and send their children to school – truly it was a source of support, both financially and emotionally.

One of the travelers wore a shawl she’d made with Manos yarns; as luck would have it, the artisan who had worked on the yarn was at the co-op and immediately recognized her handiwork! Joan is pictured below with her new friend, Sandra – and look at all of that beautiful yarn behind them!

For Judy, this enriching experience surpassed her wildest expectations. “We came away wishing we could all speak Spanish!” she said, “I still don’t know how the translator managed to keep up with 12 different conversations all at the same time!”

The general happiness and warmth of all the people they met along the way made a lasting impression. “Now we can tell people the story of this yarn and the people who make it,” Judy said. Their warmth, generosity and skill has made a lasting impression on this group of lucky travelers.  Thanks for sharing, Judy!