Manos Feliz – drape AND bounce

Manos Feliz – drape AND bounce

Manos del Uruguay – a Fair Trade organization

String Theory has sold yarn from Manos del Uruguay since we opened 15 years ago. We love their mission and their colors and their yarn.

So when Manos asked me if we’d like to help them host a booth at Stitches Midwest, I said “YES!”. I said yes, even though Stitches Midwest happens at the same time as our Chicago Yarn Crawl and I couldn’t really imagine how I would manage two major events simultaneously. Together we made it happen and it was delightful!

JB chatting with Cecelia, Product Developer for Manos del Uruguay

Feliz Yarn Review

Feliz was such a hit at our Stitches booth, we knew that we had to bring it into the store for everyone to enjoy.

Manos Feliz in variegated and semi-solid colors

Feliz is a blend of merino and tencel. The tencel(a type of rayon) gives the yarn drape and sheen. The merino adds a little bounce (or elasticity) ensuring that your stitches fall neatly into place and your garment won’t grow as you wear it. The twist of the yarn adds durability and stitch definition.

Feliz comes in a soft palette of variegated and semi-solid colors. My favorites are the grays. In the skein, the light gray and the dark gray appear to be solid. But as you knit with them, you see bits of blues and browns as well.


What to Make

Although Feliz is technically a DK weight, we used it in patterns that called for fingering, sport and DK.

Colorwork yoke sweater made in lime green and mulberry

Sipila in Manos Feliz

Kristen knit the Sipila sweater for us to display at Stitches Midwest in August. If you would like to learn color work and sweater making tips, join Kristen’s class which starts on Monday, September 16th.

We also used Feliz to make this cardigan, this vest and this vest. Stop by String Theory to try them on.

Twined Flowers in Feliz and Fino

Twined Flowers was our most popular sample at Stitches. This wrap combines a variegated shade of Feliz with a semi-solid skein of Manos Fino (fingering weight). The combination is stunning!

Birds and Ships Cowl – one skein of Feliz

Looking for a one skein project? Try this cowl by Caitlyn Hunter.

Want to See for Yourself?

Visit the artisans in Uruguay

In April, I’m going on the “Adventure in Uruguay”, a ten day trip hosted by Manos del Uruguay to visit their artisan cooperatives and surrounding areas. Let me know if you’d like to join me. I’ll send you the information.

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