There’s so much to love about April – tulips, warmer weather, and spring break, to name a few – and we knew we had to create a project kit that was just as exciting as opening a plastic egg full of jellybeans. The perfect yarn for the job? Manos Del Uruguay, who just so happened to have a colorway dubbed jellybean.
Yarn doesn’t get much softer than Manos’ Maxima, a 100% superfine merino, worsted weight wool. Available in a palate with every bold and bright color of the rainbow, we chose 3 variegated colorways to feature in our BigStitch and BigStitch Lite subscriptions. From left to right, meet Gemstone, Jellybean, and Marble.
Finding a pattern to go with this deceptively lightweight yarn was easy. When we saw designer Barbara Benson’s cowl, Ring The Gack, we knew this was a perfect project pairing. Plus, how can you not love the nod to Dr. Seuss’ most famous book?
Calling for just one-skein of Maxima, Ring The Gack uses a US 8 needle and a 4-round repeat to create a textured, bandana-style cowl that knits up quickly. So quickly, in fact, that we thought that subscribers might want to knit two this month. In each kit we packed two, different colored skeins.
Jellybean show on the left, Gemstone on the right
Unlike our Lite subscription, which just received the pattern and yarn, our BigStitch subscription included one of our Knitty Kitty Notion Pouches and a set of stitch markers, and, of course, a pair of ChaioGoo’s Red Lace Circular Needles.
Manos Del Uruguay might be best known for its richly dyed colorways and it’s quality yarn, but we also love that it is a member of the Fair Trade Organization. Each skein of yarn is assembled by rural women in Uruguay, as an opportunity to improve their economic and social status.
This corporate responsibility and giving culture doesn’t end with the Maxima. The entire company is fueled by the hardworking women of Uruguay, including the Alegria base that we featured in our SockStitch subscription.
These two season appropriate colorways – Spirulina and Popsicle – are brand new to Manos Del Uruguay and we were happy to get our hands on them. Or should we say foot?! We paired this soft, tonal yarn with Heather Zoppetti’s Divo Sock, also a recent addition to the fiber arts world. This top down sock features a repetitive faux cable design and carefully placed eyelets throughout the entirety of the mid-calf height sock.
We complemented the yarn and pattern with another one of our Knitty Kitty Notion Pouches, and our new Sock Log, a chart that allows you to document your hand knitted sock escapades. It’s like having your sock drawer on a stashable piece of paper! You can download a free printable Sock Log here.
We’re beginning to see finished objects pop up in our Ravelry group and we love that these kits were so well received! As April winds down, we start to look towards May, which we can tell you features a pattern calling for a US 5 straight needle in the BigStitch and BigStitch Lite kits.