Not long ago I was offered the opportunity to knit something out of Manos del Uruguay’s newest yarn, Alpaca Heather. Alpaca Heather is a sportweight yarn dyed in Manos del Uruguay’s signature dying methods creating 12 gorgeous semi-solids on soft, heathered yarn. Alpaca Heather is an 70% wool/30% alpaca blend and comes in 50g skeins with 164 yards/150 meters apiece.
One of the things that I love most about Manos del Uruguay yarns is that each skein is labeled with exactly which artisan in Uruguay produced your yarn. Manos del Uruguay is a certified member of the World Fair Trade Organization and is committed to the principles of safe and healthy work conditions, better environmental practices, and transparency and accountability among others.
Fairmount Fibers, the US distributor of Manos del Uruguay, offered me my choice of colors, and I chose Harbor, a gorgeous teal. While the photo of the skein in the lightbox reads more blue, I think the true color is closer to the finished hat which I shot outside in natural light.
Originally I thought I wanted to design a hat in this beautiful yarn, but recent events have sort of put the kibosh on my creativity. I decided instead that I would knit a warm, cozy hat for Lion Brand’s Hat not Hate campaign. I selected the Penny Hat by Tin Can Knits and got to work!
I really enjoyed knitting this hat. It knit up quickly and the yarn was delightfully soft to work with. The finished hat has nice stitch definition, showing off the simple lace, and is still super warm with that added alpaca. I hope this hat will make someone very happy!
A special thank you to the folks at Fairmount Fibers who sent me a skein of Alpaca Heather (retail: $15) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.