It's crazy busy around here at the house o' PicnicKnits. Teenage boys seem to want to play all the sports, and the amount of miles I've been putting on my minivan is quite ridiculous. I've also spent a lot of quality time in that minivan with my audiobooks knitting all the projects for everything that is going on. One brand of yarns that I've been using a ton of is Manos. So many gorgeous bases with such wonderful colors. Fino is their extra fine merino/silk base with 490 yards and a really lovely hand. My Sandalo shawl was published last summer and uses one skein of Fino in the Antique Lace colorway. It's available from Manos for $6.00.
I used Fino again for my Mallory Hills Shawlette - which was a part of my featured designer collection in the spring issue of Knitscene. This time I used the Velvet Pincushion colorway for a sideways shawlette. Interweave is actually offering kits for the Mallory Hill Shawlette - and if you check out the info page you can read my Knitscene interview too. Robin Shroyer made me sound really interesting!
My most recent release with Manos is my Trufa shawl. This uses their Serena base, a fabulous alpaca/cotton blend that has 170 yards per skein. Trufa is a crescent-shaped, top-down shawl that uses 2 skeins of Serena and is also available from the Manos site for $6.00.
I also have a gorgeous pile of Serena in my bin of book yarn to work up into a super secret book project. The Serena base is just that nice. I love being at that point in my career where I really get to choose what yarns I work with and Manos is a yarn I will choose again and again.