A Year of Serpentina

Category: Free patterns, Yarn Features

Almost a year ago exactly, we first spotlighted Manos del Uruguay Serpentina, our Aran weight artisanal yarn dyed in a delicate color twirling effect. Since then, we’ve enjoyed seeing the projects you’ve created with our yarn. Today we’d like to feature some of Serpentina’s new colors for 2018, as well as some new patterns designed especially for this yarn.

New Colors in 2018

We’re delighted to add five new colors to our Serpentina lineup, bringing the total number of colorways offered to sixteen. New for 2018 are Sarah Bernhardt, Joan of Arc, Rigoberta Menchu, Georgia O’Keeffe and Anne Frank. We love these colorways which are created in memory of accomplished women in history, and we hope you love them too.

New Free Patterns Featuring Serpentina

We’re also delighted to share three new free patterns available on Ravelry and on our website for Serpentina.

Paisano Vest (left) is a simple vest, designed to highlight the rustic handspun nature of Serpentina yarn. It is knit flat from the bottom up, and features a split back detail at the waist.

Hilltop Poncho (top right) by designer Sarah Chapman is a short poncho (almost a capelet!) that’s worked in 2 skeins of Serpentina. The fringe is worked in Manos del Uruguay Maxima, and only one skein is needed.

Chimel by designer Quinn Reverendo (bottom right) is a simple but warm hat perfect for the cold weather and dreary winter days to come. Chimel uses just 1 skein of Serpentina, and the pompom is worked in a contrasting color of Manos del Uruguay Maxima.


Serpentina in the Fall Collection

Our Fall Collection includes a design made just for Serpentina! Featured here is Newkirk by Lori Gayle, an entrelac accessory that can be knit as a snug-fitting cowl or as a longer infinity loop. The entrelac pattern lets the delicate dyeing of Serpentina shine and a picot edge adds the perfect finish.

We would love to see what you’re making with Serpentina – please share your projects to Facebook, Instagram, or Ravelry!

Looking Ahead to 2018

Category: Featured Projects, Yarn Features

Can you believe that we are in the last few weeks of December? As we wrap up the month and year, our 2018 calendar is already beginning to fill. No time is wasted, as the Fairmount Fibers team will be kicking things off with exciting events in January!

Manos del Uruguay yarns will be at Vogue Knitting Live in NYC, January 2018

For the first time, Manos del Uruguay yarns will have an exhibitor’s booth at Vogue Knitting Live in New York City. This event is taking place January 12-14, at the New York Marriott Marquis. Between classes and lectures, stop in the marketplace to see the Manos del Uruguay models, samples, and yarn. We’ve partnered with several shops from whom you can purchase your favorite Manos del Uruguay Yarns.

Manos del Uruguay Milo crochet pattern ideas

The new year brings new colorways and we can’t wait for you to pick up Milo from your local yarn shop in space-dyed colors. We’re already considering the patterns in which we can pair up the new space-dyed colors with the tonals. The Montevideo Pullover Top and Smattering Wrap are two crochet projects that come to mind.  

Peek at 2018 Patterns

Our Spring collection is sure to brighten those grey winter days. The new collection is an ensemble of designs and you can look forward to a crochet capsule. Our fans and friends in Venice, Florida will get a first look as Needlefish Yarns will have the collection from January 1 through January 22. Stay tuned for announcements and more details in January on Facebook, Instagram, and Ravelry.

Manos del Uruguay kits Fino Mini Skeins Gradiente Kits Mentolat Kits

What Manos del Uruguay projects and yarns will make it onto your needles and hooks first in January? Start a special project for yourself! Consider indulging in a set of Fino Mini-Skeins or a kit from your local yarn shop. The Mentolat Kit in Manos Silk Blend is available in 8 colorways total, the four newest colorways are shown above (middle). Gradiente Kits in Manos Marina are available in 5 colorways.


Thank you for a wonderful year of colorful projects! Cheers to a Happy New Year!

New Manos del Uruguay Yarn: Alegria Grande

Category: Yarn Features

More Joy with Alegria Grande!Alegria Grande

Add more joy to your next knit or crochet project with Alegria Grande! The same easy-care blend of superwash merino and polyamide as our tremendously popular Alegria, Alegria Grande is a worsted-weight for bright, beautiful, durable knits of all kinds:  baby blankets, kids’ sweaters, thick socks, colorful scarves and more!


Aleyska Mittens, designed by Emily Ringleman, in Manos del Uruguay Alegria Grande

Emily Ringleman, of the Cosmos and Cashmere blog, designed the Aleyska Mittens to make the most out of one skein of Alegria Grande. The double diamond cable pattern will work up quickly in the size you choose.

Sarah's Cowl pattern knit in Alegria Grande  Preemie Hat in Manos del Uruguay Alegria Grande

Did you catch the review of Alegria Grande on the Geeky Girls Knit podcast? CC knit her skein into a Sarah’s Cowl, a design by Patti Waters that originally calls for Wool Clasica. The cowl did not require the whole skein, so she knit the leftovers into a preemie hat

Know that as patterns are published in Alegria Grande, we will share the links and details with you! Follow us on your favorite social channel for updates; we regularly post to Facebook, Instagram, Ravelry, Twitter, and Pinterest

Project Inspiration for Manos del Uruguay Serpentina

Category: Featured Projects, Yarn Features

In our previous post, we introduced you to Serpentina. This yarn is one of two new Manos del Uruguay yarns making its way to the stashes, hearts, needles, and hooks of our fans right now. When you see it on the shelves of your local yarn shop (click here to find one near you), keep these projects in mind for inspiration!

Project Inspiration for Serpentina

KnitterNinjaShar's Diagonal Ribbed Cowl in Serpentina   Nutmegknitter's One Good Turn crochet cowl in Serpentina

Pick up a skein of Serpentina and notice how soft and squishy it is – a natural choice for a one-skein project using an aran-weight yarn is a cowl. Shown above left is KnitterNinjaShar’s Diagonal Rib Cowl. Did you hear it discussed on the Yarniacs podcast Episode 147? Each skein has 142 yards, plenty for a crochet project! Nutmegknitter crocheted the One Good Turn cowl, above right, in just one morning.  

New Patterns for Serpentina

Serpentina Scarf by Lucinda Islesias   Fiber & Vine's Pattern    

We are looking forward to new patterns to support this yarn, the first of which is the Serpentina Scarf by Lucinda Iglesias, which calls for two skeins of Serpentina. The knitters at Fiber and Vine recently shared a sneak peek of a forthcoming pattern – check out those earflaps!

Follow us on and stay tuned to your favorite social channel for project inspiration in Manos del Uruguay Serpentina! You can find Manos del Uruguay Yarns on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Ravelry.



New Manos del Uruguay Yarn: Serpentina

Category: New Stuff, Yarn Features

New Manos del Uruguay Yarn: SerpentinaNew Manos del Uruguay Serpentina yarn on display at TNNA

The 2017 fall season is shaping up to be fabulous with all that is new from Manos del Uruguay! Today’s post introduces you to one of the new yarns, Serpentina. Handspun from handpainted merino wool tops, Serpentina is a truly artisanal product. Each skein is unique, and the colors are totally random — they will not stack or pool. The result is a delicate color twirling effect reminiscent of paper streamers (serpentina, in Spanish) thrown at South American Carnival parties. 

12 Colors of Serpentina

Manos del Uruguay Serpentina yarn colorways

Serpentina is an aran weight yarn with approximately 142 yards per skein. The squish factor is high making this yarn a great choice for cold weather items. Twelve colorways are available: (top row, left to right) Malala, Jane, Edith, Pina, Florence, Coco. Bottom row, left to right: Amelia, Gabriela, Frida, Petrona, Mother Teresa, and Marie.

Manos del Uruguay Serpentina colorway inspiration

Manos del Uruguay Serpentina yarn colorways are named in honor of influential women

Did you notice each colorway name is female? Influential, empowering women from around the globe and throughout the years including artists, activists, authors, and pioneers inspired the colors. Shown above are the honorees:(top row) Malala Yousafzai, Jane Austen, Edith Piaf, Pina Bausch; (middle row) Florence Nightingale, Coco Chanel, Amelia Earhart, Gabriela Mistral; (bottom row) Frida Kahlo, Petrona Viera, Mother Teresa, and Marie Curie

Have you already discovered this new yarn from Manos del Uruguay? Let us know your project plans on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Ravelry. Stay tuned for our next post spotlighting pattern and project suggestions to pair with Manos del Uruguay Serpentina