The Manos del Uruguay Serena Trunk show has arrived at the shop, and the samples are worth coming to see in person.Serena is Manos’ sport weight blend of 60% Alpaca and 40% Cotton. The yarn is plied for extra strength and is deliciously soft to the touch. As you can see, it has a wonderful drape that is particularly apparent in the samples we have on display. One of my favorites is the Conchecito Baby Blanket designed by Jocelyn Tunny. This little throw is 29” wide by 34” long and created with crochet instead of knitting. It uses a total of 7 skeins of Serena in four soft colors. The $6 pattern uses basic stitches, so it is a great pattern for a beginner, or someone looking for a simple, speedy project. The Serena Shadow Shawl is another stunning example of how this cotton/alpaca blend performs. This FREE pattern designed by Antonia Shankland is knit up with a total of 4 skeins of Serena in two colors. The finished shawl measures 28” by 56” and is created with a US 4 needle.This shawl is worked in 2-row stripes. There’s no need to cut yarn at every color change; carry color not in use up side of work, making sure not to pull it too tight. So no pesky ends to weave in! And to round out the fun selection of Serena accessories, Julie's Mom Barb knit up a Baktus with 2 skeins of Serena. This FREE pattern of Strikkelise is a go-to favorite of Julie’s.Julie has knit up at least a half dozen of these terrific garter stitch triangle scarves, and we all know they are a perfect travel project. The finished scarf makes for a terrific gift or a wonderful little wrap to keep away any hint of a chill from the back of your neck.We have more Serena sample to share with you later this week. But we hope that you can swing by to see them in person. There is no substitute for feeling its softness and admiring the colors first hand.