Manos Yarns in KALs

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Have you ever noticed knitting and crocheting seem to have their own languages? SSK, K2tog, BO, CO, WIP, and FO are just a small sample of the lingo that enters your vocabulary with practice. Are you familiar with KAL? It is not part of pattern instructions but is the short-hand way to describe a group of knitters working on the same pattern (or pattern theme), at the same time. They are Knitting-ALong together, in person at a yarn shop or virtually through the Ravelry community. In this blog post, we’d like to spotlight customer projects that were made as part of a KAL in Manos del Uruguay yarns!

Jimmy Beans Wool recently hosted a Game of Thrones themed Mystery KAL on Ravelry.  This type of KAL has the added twist of the knitter not knowing the full pattern before knitting; sections of the pattern are released as clues in intervals. Catherinesm used Alegria for her Stormborn shawl and Pinkpussykat’s version, right, used Fino.

The Yarnathon is a year-long event hosted by eat.sleep.knit where knitters and crocheters increase their fiber stash while working on quarterly challenges. One challenge was to work on a “new to you technique”. CharliWilson’s Open Sweater in Silk Blend and ilovemycello’s Safety Scarf in Maxima each fit the bill.

 

The Loopy Ewe hosts a virtual summer camp during the summer months. Camp Loopy presents challenges for each month of camp and the participants KAL with a focus on a theme instead of a particular pattern. Tbear10’s Jungle Breeze and HattiesPurls’ Jaws, each in Serena, reference a favorite book or movie from childhood summers.

Knitting and crochet may seem like solitary activities on the surface but working on a project at the same time as another friend in fiber can keep you motivated to finish or to inspire your next project. Also, we should mention there are Spinalongs (SAL)! The above image is from knittingsarah’s Instagram; she’s spinning for Tour de Fleece with the Bluejay colorway of our Merino Roving. We’d love to hear about your KAL, CAL, and SAL experiences! Share your work or groups with us in our Ravelry group, on the Facebook page, or if you currently have a KAL WIP feel free to tag us on Instagram!

 

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  1. Louise said:

    Manos yarn is my very favorite yard of all. I am wondering if you will comment on the treatment of animals at your facility. I see that you have all the lovely fair trade agreements and child labor agreements but I wish you would comment on the treatment of animals. I am not trying to cause any trouble this is just something that I would like to know about. If it is true that your treatment of animals is praiseworthy, it might be a nice thing to put on your website also. Again, I’m not a revolutionary here. I am a fanatical knitter who does care about animals. I love everything you have written about your mission.

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    • fairfibers said:

      Hi Louise! Thank you for your note – sheep are highly valued in Uruguay and seem to lead very nice lives. The cooperative says that the majority of the Merino wool is grown in Uruguay. Here is the info they provided:
      In Uruguay sheep are grown free in the fields feeding from the pastures grass, not in feed lots and there’s no mulesing practice.

      You can find a little information in this website:
      http://wool.com.uy/animal_welfare.htm
      “The natural fibre is produced by healthy sheep under the best available animal husbandry practices. Sheep graze mainly on native grasslands on mixed farms, combined with beef cattle. Most ewes lamb in spring, season when the feed availability is highest due to seasonality of pastures production. Generalized pre-lambing shearing let breeding ewes produce fast growing lambs and high quality wool. Wool produced in Uruguay is mulesing-free as it is an unnecessary husbandry practice to do. Adequate stockmanship and animal handling is also guaranteed by competent people in charge of the care of animals.”

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