Monday, September 15, 2014

Review: Manos Del Uruguay Franca Yarn

Today I'll be reviewing Manos Del Uruguay Franca yarn. Disclaimer: I received this complimentary yarn in exchange for a review. I am not being paid to write this review and everything shared here is my real opinion.

I'm always excited when I receive yarn in the mail. What fiber lover doesn't enjoy that first squish of a new acquisition? However, when the parcel with Franca came I wasn't prepared for the delightful poof that would pop out.

Seriously. It was the biggest, softest poof of yarn ever. And so colorful! The colorway is Granada and it reminds me of a tropical drink. Franca is 100% superwash merino. Superwash! Yarn this soft and exciting that you can actually wash? Sweet! Also, the yarn label included information about this yarn's fair trade status. Manos Del Uruguay seeks to improve the lives of Uruguayan women and their communities. The label was even signed by the artisan who dyed my hank!

Franca is a pure delight. It's everything that's fun about yarn: colorful, soft, squishy, fun to work with. It's a lot like roving without the hassle. What to make? I pondered my project as I wound the hank. By the by, I put the whole hank around my neck first like a scarf just because I could :p

That is one formidable cake of yarn! I was worried that its thickness would affect winding but I had no trouble at all.

Okay, now, what to make? I finally settled on a simple stitch since the yarn rather speaks for itself. It's colorful and bold without needing a complex stitch pattern. I wanted my item to have some movement, so I chose the tall triple crochet stitch. I used a 9mm hook since it's the biggest that I currently own, but this yarn could go for a 10mm or even a 12mm as well. Ready to see what I made? It's a snuggle-worthy neck warmer! It only took me a little over an hour and used up not quite the whole yarn cake.

Yay! So let's recap. This yarn is soft and fun to work with. It works up quickly. You can wash it. Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Instant gift! It's perfect for whipping up nice holiday or birthday gifts. You get to have fun and the giftee gets a beautiful, easy-care gift. Slender scarves, hats, neck warmers, and cowls would all be good projects for this yarn. With several other temptingly pretty colorways, I may just have to get some more!

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