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

Spotlight on Milo

Category: Yarn Features

Wool is great for cold winter days and nights, but when the weather or temperature varies throughout the day, you want a yarn that can keep up with those changes. The wish list probably looks something like this: warm (but not too warm), lightweight (of course!), and a beautiful drape, too. If that sounds like a tall order, don’t worry -our Milo yarn fits the bill! This 65% merino wool and 35% linen sport weight yarn can handle seasonal fluctuations with ease.


The unique nature of linen gives Milo a rustic yet elegant look. The linen retains its natural color through the dye process, giving a heathered effect.  Currently, Milo is available in sixteen semi-solid colorways

Blending in linen with the merino wool to make this single ply yarn lightens the yarn. One of the unique properties of linen is its ability to absorb moisture from the skin and release it to the air. A project made with Milo will feel cool and crisp even on hot summer days. 

What sort of projects can you make with Milo? Hats, cowls, sweaters and accessories – all of them! The Fairmount Fibers team has two free patterns, the Mitad Hat and Mitad Cowl; you’ll only need one skein of Milo for each design. Two patterns in the 2017 Spring pattern collection call for Milo: the Braddock Capelet and the Trenton Scarf. Check out the Milo Pinterest board for even more knitting and crochet pattern inspiration.

Perhaps you have heard that linen can be difficult to work with. Milo is not one of those! It has a soft hand and excellent drape. In our next blog post, we will share project inspiration for Milo from knitters and crocheters just like you! 

Fast with Franca

Category: Yarn Features

There is still time to knit or crochet a fabulous item to give as a gift especially with a yarn like Franca! Since the Fairmount Fibers team first introduced Franca, the color palette has expanded as well as the number of patterns to support this yarn.  

Free Patterns for Franca

Free Patterns in Franca

Babies may be little, but big knits look adorable and keep them cozy! The Simple Bulky Moss Stitch Baby Blanket and Matching Hat will look great in a bold, neutral or gender-specific color palette. The Arenque Cowl, with the herringbone stitch pattern, will showcase the color shifts for a unique accessory. Quick Franca Mitts will keep hands warm this winter, if you’re shopping, making deliveries, or clearing the snow off the car. These patterns are all free PDF downloads from

Fan Projects in Franca


We enjoy seeing your posts to our Facebook page and being tagged in Instagram photos of your finished objects. The projects shown above were spotted on Ravelry, all knit in Franca. At the top are Rachel’s Sophmore PC Mittens knit by socksandsticks. On the bottom left is A Mother’s Love is Never Ending blanket knit by ladybree88. The Honey Cowl knit by juliep55 is on the bottom right.  For even more Franca project ideas, check out our Franca Pinterest board



Don’t forget to enjoy the process of working with this fabulous yarn!