One thing we were particularly excited about at TNNA back in June was picking up Manos Del Uruguay. Manos is a non-profit, fair trade organization that was created in 1968 to provide with jobs to the rural women in their hometowns. Their ongoing mission is to give economical, social and personal development opportunities to the women in Uruguay’s countryside.
The artisans are organized in cooperatives, located in small countryside towns, where they do all the spinning and dyeing. With their jobs, they are able to provide for their families and raise their children. Each Manos skein has a tag with the name of the artisan who made it and the coops location. In doing this, they have connected they yarn’s recipient to its creator.
While we feel incredibly wonderful about supporting this organization, it just so happens that the yarns are also AMAZING. Here is Jen showing off our new Franca, an incredibly soft super bulky in stunning colors that is also machine-washable!
We also had some fun twisting up piles of Maxima into skeins so we could get them onto the shelves right away. For a while, this yarn took over the whole back of the shop! Aren’t their colors the best?
We hope you will come in to see these yarns in person because the photos can only show you so much. With both an amazing cause and product, we’re so lucky and proud to be working with this vendor!