Road Trip Mystery is thrilled to welcome Manos del Uruguay as our 2023 yarn partner!
This unique company was founded in 1968 to give Uruguay's rural women jobs that would provide income and opportunities to personally develop and gain independence, Manos del Uruguay is organized in 12 cooperatives located in small villages of Uruguay's countryside, allowing the artisans remain close to their communities and families.
Things we love about Manos del Uruguay?
We have put together ten gorgeous color combos. Some are bold, and others are more subtle. All are perfectly suited for the Great Lakes Road Trip MKAL. Visit your local yarn shop to pick up your favorite; see our list of local shops who are participating in this project!
Contrast A: Fondo del Mar
Main Color: Galaxy Blue
Contrast B: Toy Soldier
If you're using a computer to view the website, use your mouse to click on the thumbnails to see each combo. You can also hover your mouse at the right or left side of the large photo and use the arrows to scroll through. If you're on a mobile device (smart phone or tablet) use your finger to swipe left or right on the photo to scroll through the options.
For the Misses size, you will need two skeins of the main color, and then one skein each of two contrasting colors. For the Plus size, you will need an additional skein of the main color.
It is important that there is contrast between all three colors. Contrast A can be variegated, if you want, but the Main Color and Contrast B should both be solid or tonal.
Pay attention to yardage. This shawl was designed using Alegria fingering weight from Manos del Uruguay, which comes in generous skeins of 445 yards.
We welcome Potomac Bead Company in Alexandria, MN as our official Bead Partner. Owners Deb Kerr and Kyle Anderson retired from teaching school in central Pennsylvania and moved to Minnesota where they opened their brick and mortar Potomac Bead Company store in 2015.
Potomac Beads in Minnesota is much more than a bead shop - they carry yarns, looms, wine making supplies... all sorts of DIY materials. Deb loves knitting with beads (she learned that from Cynthia!) and is happy to help you choose beads for your knitted project.
If your Local Yarn Shop doesn't carry beads, Potomac Bead Company is a great option. They have put together a variety of bead suggestions for each of our official color combos from Manos del Uruguay, and if you've chosen an alternate color combo, they are happy to help you find the perfect beads.
Beads are completely optional for this project, but we do love our bling, so there are bead options for just about every leg. We recommend size 5 or 6 beads. You can use one color of beads throughout or different colors for different sections or yarns. Quantities and colors are dependent on your design and yarn choices, but the general counts below can be used as a guideline.
Misses size: About 700 beads in all
Plus size: About 900 beads in all
In each case, about 65-70% of the beads will be used on the main color yarn, with the remaining beads appearing with the contrast color yarns.