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 Fairmountfibers.com

Fan Projects in Franca

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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

 

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

Meet Marina

Category: Yarn Features

Marina

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!

Knit patterns for Manos Marina from Fairmount Fibers

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).

Marina Projects

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!

 

 

Spotlight on Heather Zoppetti

Category: Guest Bloggers, Yarn Features
Heather Zoppetti in her Feroce hat, knit in Manos Maxima Trifoglio Shawl in Manos del Uruguay Fino
Fairmount Fibers is proud to have established relationships with so many talented designers. In today’s post we’d like to put a spotlight on designer Heather Zoppetti. In the top photo she’s wearing her Feroce hat, knit in Manos Maxima. The Trifoglio Shawl is Heather’s latest design in Manos del Uruguay Fino. We reached out to Heather asking if she would share a bit of her background and experience working with Manos del Uruguay yarns. She was generous and kind with her time and we’re pleased to share her responses with you!
Dahlia Cardigan, designed by Heather Zoppetti, in Manos Serena
How did you first come to work with Manos yarns?
I first started designing with Manos yarns when I used Serena for my Dahlia Cardigan in Interweave Knits, Fall 2011. When Lisa sent me the yarn we realized that I live very close to the distributor, Fairmount Fibers, and so we began working together on various projects. I did a small collection for them and have tried to contribute to their pattern lines on a regular basis.
Heather Zoppetti designs in Manos Yarns

Top: Ricardito in Maxima, left, and Flan in Fino, right.
Bottom, left to right: Dulche de Leche in Serena, Tarta in Silk Blend, Bizcocho in Silk Blend

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.
 Vasca, designed by Heather Zoppetti, in Manos Serena
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.
Millersville Blouse, in Manos Serena, by Heather Zoppetti  Spathe 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 in Serena, and right, the Spathe Shawl in Silk Blend.
Heather Zoppetti accessories in Manos Yarns

Tromen Cowl in Maxima, and Rocha hat in Wool Clasica

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!

 

New for You in the New Year

Category: New Stuff, Yarn Features

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!

Pattern ideas to try something new

(Top: left to right) Paper Bag Hat, Vasca, Cobre, and Asturias
(Bottom: left to right) Bordure, Calida, Taylor Pond, and Bloques

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!

Manos del Uruguay display at TNNA 2016

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!

Fast and Fabulous Franca

Category: Featured Projects, Free patterns, Yarn Features

If you had to make a graph plotting the number of days left in December and the size of the needles used on the project, you would see a proportional relationship familiar to many a knitter or crocheter as the time of gift giving draws near. We shared a variety of free patterns in our last blog post and today we’re focusing on the patterns for Franca, Manos del Uruguay’s Bulky 100% Superwash Merino.
Franca Cowls

Cowls are cozy and it is possible to finish several in a weekend! Each of the following call for one or two skeins of Franca and are available for free: (clockwise starting top right)  Franca Hourglass Eyelets Cowl, Francisca Cowl, and Franca My Dear.
Free Patterns for Franca
The Fairmount Fibers team has several free patterns calling for Franca, sure to be suitable for stocking stuffers or unisex gifts! Shown above from left to right: Quick Franca Mitts, Weekend Cowl, and the Esmeralda Hat & Scarf set.
 RavelryFrancaProjectsFrequently we turn to Ravelry for even more Franca project inspiration. We do hope you you’ll join us there and share your projects as well! Above, from left to right: RavenAK’s Encantadora Cowl, Jessiknitsnature’s Drop YO Cowl, and EmilyNan711’s Cosy Post Ear Warmer Headband.
 Whether you are indulging in a quick project for yourself or a last-minute gift for someone else, let us know how it goes and share your projects in Franca with us on Facebook, Instagram or Ravelry!