Sometimes, when designing a new pattern, the pattern idea comes first and then the search for the right yarn begins. And other times, like now, a beautiful skein of yarn arrives and the work to create the perfect pattern for it begins.
I received a skein of Manos del Uruguay’s Marina yarn and immediately started the task of transforming it into a shawl. This is my first time working with this yarn and it is really such a pleasure to work with. It is so soft (and surprisingly not too splitty for a single-ply yarn)! And the sheen on this yarn is really something else. Absolutely stunning! Each skein is 874 yards (800 meters) of 100% superwash merino lace-weight yarn and the colors are incredibly vibrant. The skein I have is in the Arboretum colorway.
I’m now working on the third iteration of this shawl and I think I’ve finally landed on the perfect marriage of yarn and pattern. Third time’s a charm, right? I just really wanted to create a pattern that would highlight the amazing depth of color of this yarn.
I’ve used Manos del Uruguay yarn before and I’m never disappointed. The quality and colors just can’t be beat. But what I love most is their commitment to fair trade. They are a member of the World Fair Trade Organization and are committed to generating work for rural women in Uruguay. So buying Manos yarn is truly a “win-win” situation in every sense!
The tag on each skein lets you know the location of the co-op where your yarn came from and the name of the artisan who created it. It makes each skein much more personal and helps connect the knitter and the artisan, who may be on opposite sides of the world. (Thank you, Blanca, for my gorgeous yarn!)
I am really excited to show you guys the finished shawl. Hopefully it will be off the needles soon! The cooler weather has finally arrived here and all I want to do is knit knit knit. Speaking of which… those needles are calling me…
Have you tried any of the Manos del Uruguay yarns? Which is your favorite? Let me know! I’m easily enabled… 😉