Have we got a beautiful new lace weight yarn for you! Up your wow factor with the intense palette created for Manos del Uruguay’s newest yarn, Marina. The 14 (yes, 14!) dazzling hand-dyed colours mayattract you, but once you’ve picked one up you won’t put it down — this is one of Manos’ softest and lightest yarns yet. Okay, you’re already thinking it sounds like the perfect yarn for fall shawls (did we mention you get 874 yards per hank), but it gets better: it’s 100 per cent superwash wool for uber-easy care. Man, we love our Manos!
As if the colours and squishy factor wasn’t enough to justify stashing this yarn, Manos is also 100 percent committed to fair trade. Around since 1968, Manos del Uruguay is a non-profit social organization that provides jobs for craftswomen living in Uruguayan rural areas. Accepted as a member of the World Fair Trade Organization in 2009, the company’s main objectives are to generate and develop work sources for women in the country’s interior and to provide economic, social and cultural opportunities to all its members, as well as to promote handicrafts and the work of artisans. Feel good in it, feel good buying it!
We’ve come up with a few patterns that’ll show off those eye-popping colours. Warning: when wearing Marina, be prepared for compliments.
Romantic and flirty, Kari thinks Marina and “Nuvem” is the perfect marriage of pattern and yarn. Pattern designer Martina Behm says this shawl is light as a feather, warm and cozy, and the ruffled edges make it look like a cloud when it’s wrapped around your neck and shoulders (Nuvem is Portuguese for cloud).
For those of you who want to keep it simple heading into the holiday rush, Hollande suggests the “Simplicity Cardigan” by Mary Annarella or the “Simple Pleasures Hat” by Purl Soho. Both can be found on Ravelry.
Corie thinks Marina will rock Jared Flood’s “Rock Island,” just in case you haven’t knit it enough or have wanted to knit it and haven’t found the right yarn. Well, here it is. Marina’s palette was made for this solid go-to shawl.
See you soon!