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!
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
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 Fairmountfibers.com.
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!
Marina is one of the newest yarns from Manos del Uruguay available from Fairmount Fibers. Marina’s softness and drape feel wonderful next to the skin in scarves or shawls. This 100% superwash merino laceweight comes in tonal and space-dyed colorways. With 874 yards per skein, most projects only need one! In this post, we’d like to share some pattern and project inspiration with you for this fabulous yarn!
Fairmount Fibers currently has three patterns calling for Marina. Shown above from left to right: the Feroe Shawl (free) by Lisa R. Myers, Mirto by Corrina Ferguson (part of the 2016 Spring Collection), and the Marina Circle Scarf (free).
A number of Ravelry projects in Marina have caught our eye! In the left column, top to bottom: AnneH’s Like a Dream Come True, Knitnard’s Water’s Edge, and Robynleslie’s Wendell Holmes for Margaret. ClaraBeauty’s Pretty as a Peacock (right) was shared with us on Facebook. We do enjoy seeing and sharing your projects!
How did you first come to work with Manos yarns?
How did you get started knitting and designing? Who taught you?
I taught myself to knit from a book during college. My roommate wanted to learn to crochet, but I had tried that before without success, so she picked up crochet and I learned knitting. I think fell into designing like most other designers…I couldn’t knit a pattern without changing it. Soon I was changing so much, I decided I might as well simply design my own pattern just the way I wanted.
Do you have a favorite yarn or colorway in the Manos Yarn line?
This is a hard question! So many of the colors are simply gorgeous. Right now I’m really into blues and greens, so I’m going to say my favorite color is Steel. My favorite base is probably Serena
because it’s so unique. It’s such a curious blend of alpaca and cotton. It’s got a great drape and the perfect hand—really lovely to work with. Shown above is the Vasca
cowl in Manos Serena
Where do you draw inspiration from?
Inspiration is everywhere. Sometimes something as simple as a color or a shape will spark an idea; other times a stitch pattern will jump out at me. Sometimes the yarn itself tells me exactly what it wants to be. Shown above left, the Millersville Blouse
, and right, the Spathe Shawl
in Silk Blend
Do you have any Manos yarns currently on your needles?
I do! I’m currently working on three accessories for fall. Of course they are secret…
We are looking forward to sharing Heather’s new designs this fall, stay tuned! Until then, cast on one of her designs in your favorite Manos del Uruguay yarn today!
Does the start of a new year inspire you to take on a crafting challenge? Perhaps this year you would like to focus on a particular technique or type of project. Inspiration abounds with a new Manos yarn, new colors, new patterns and the whole year is still ahead of you!
Taking on a crafty challenge should be fun and interesting to you! If you only knit hats, why not try a cowl or handwarmers? Try a lace project, a sweater, add a cable twist, or even a blanket. Experiment by adding a pop of color with a stripe or two. We’d love to hear from you in the Manos del Uruguay Ravelry group – feel free to share your Manos Yarn stash enhancements and projects with us there!
At the Winter TNNA show in San Diego, the newest patterns from the Fairmount Fibers team made their debut. The collection, featuring designs by Emma Welford, will be available at your local yarn shop and on Ravelry in the upcoming weeks. A new addition to the Manos Yarn line also debuted at the show. Marina, a 100% superwash merino laceweight, is arriving in stores now. The first pattern in Marina, the Feroe Shawl, is online and available for free at Fairmountfibers.com. We are looking forward to your projects this year!