Fairmount Fibers, Ltd.
U.S. Distributor of Manos del Uruguay Yarns

Challenge Accepted

What new projects will you bring to your needles and hooks this year? A must-make project is often the push needed to take the plunge into mastering a new technique. The Fairmount Fibers team made a list of techniques that could be considered challenging, then looked for projects and patterns in Manos del Uruguay yarns that would give you the chance to try the technique at two different difficulty levels. 

Colorwork

Cinnamon Stars Persian Dreams pattern Cinnamon Stars, in two colors of Manos Fino, features a traditional star motif worked in the round so there is no wrong side! The pattern provides tips for swatching in the round so you can practice with your color combination and the stranded color changes. We noticed a new KAL for 2017 from the Eat.Sleep.Knit shop - the Persian Dreams blanket. They have put together a kit with Manos del Uruguay Alegria, that would be a seriously dreamy project! 

Cables

Dream Big Cable Sweater Centeno cable turtleneck Dream Big (of cables and texture!) in this quick-to-knit sweater, using Manos Franca. A sweater like this is pretty darn close to instant gratification! Knit it now with plenty of time to wear it before summer returns. Centeno features all-over cables and is knit in Manos Gloria. This sweater may take a bit longer to work up, depending on your skill level. The end result is a show-stopper! 

Lace & Crochet

Whisper Knot Wrap in Manos Marina Shattered Quartz Shawl in Manos Serena The Whisper Knot Wrap is a free pattern and uses just one skein of Manos Marina. The resulting shawl is generously sized, lightweight and warm. The Shattered Quartz Shawl, from Interweave Crochet Winter 2017, includes the note in the directions that extreme focus is required! Working with Manos Serena and Tunisian lace stitches that bend and turn the linear lace pattern will result in a masterpiece you will enjoy wearing to showcase your work.  These projects are just a few examples that caught our eye. Your choice of what makes a project a challenge is completely up to you and that's okay. Remember, every project proceeds one stitch at a time and can be conquered! Let us know how it is going by posting to our Facebook page, posting in the Ravelry group, or tagging us on Instagram

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