Winter is here! The best time of year for fiber artists. I’m sure everyone is working quickly trying to get gifts made for everyone on their lists, but
Manos Del Uruguay yarn is one you will want to keep for yourself.
Manos Del Uruguay translates to “The Hands of Uruguay.” They are members of the World Fair Trade Organization, and are a non-profit organization bringing economic and social opportunities to the woman of the Uruguay countryside. Each skein shows the location of the artisan, and which artisan made it. In buying this yarn you will get beautiful yarn knowing you are helping other women in the process.
Fairmount Fibers, North American Distributor of Manos del Uruguay yarns, provided the lovely yarn for this review. This is their Feliz line, and the colorway I chose was Provence. It has tones of purple and blues that when I look at it I picture a snowy winter. It was perfect for my new winter shawl.
Detail and Drape
I chose a lace pattern because this yarn has so much drape to it. It’s a soft merino and modal blend that gives this a luxurious feel while being strong enough to be pinned out to block. The picot edging also has beads crocheted in which adds some sparkle.
Pattern: CJ Brady’s Finding Balance on Ravelry
*Note – The pattern does not call for bead work. The beads were added in the CH 3 for the picot edging. If you choose to add beads you will need a crochet hook small enough to go through your bead and pull your yarn through. After the bead is added you would crochet as normal until you get to the spot with the next bead.
Crochet Hook Used: 3.75mm
Where to purchase: Fairmount Fibers
70% Merino 30% Modal
3.5 oz Approx 350 yds
Gauge 22 sts per 4″
Needles: US #4 / 3.5mm
I finished this shawl the day before a big snow storm hit, giving North Carolina more snow than it could imagine. It is the best feeling the first time you get to wear something you just finished making, but it is a better feeling knowing that the yarn used helped in a good cause.
Happy Snow Day!