Meet Santiago

Category: Artisan Profiles

Have you ever wondered who is responsible for your favorite colorway?  Our head dyer, Santiago, has been working with Manos since 1977.  Not only is he responsible for all past, present and future colorways, he was the one who established our official dye lab and standardized the process! As you can imagine, he had a lot of interesting history to share with us about the beginnings of the Manos co-op.  Santiago recently gave us a full tour of his dye lab (including a demo!) and gave us some insight into what inspires him.

You can read the full interview with Santiago on our website. This is the first in the series of artisan profiles – check back for more soon!


Wool Clasica Design Contest!

Category: Contests

Do you love Wool Clasica?  Here’s a chance to be part of the Manos project — and score some free yarn into the bargain!  We’re seeking designs for wearable accessories for women, men, and children – hats, scarves, cowls, mittens, handwarmers, you name it.

Winning designs should be eye-catching and fun to knit as well as to wear, and will use 1 – 2 skeins of Wool Clasica.  Let your imagination run free as you incorporate simple cables, all-over texture, or creative colorwork into your design!

New Colors for Wool Clasica

To enter, add your project in your notebook on Ravelry and tag with “Clasica-Design-Contest.”  If you would like to be entered into the “People’s Choice” category, post your photo and a magic link to your project in our Ravelry thread.

DEADLINE:  September 5, 2011


  • Grand Prize (1):  10 sk of Manos Wool Clasica in color or colors of the winner’s choice
  • First Prize (1 in each category):  5 sk of Manos Wool Clasica in color or colors of the winner’s choice


  • Hats (women’s, men’s, or unisex)
  • Neckwear (women’s, men’s, or unisex scarves, cowls, gaiters, etc.)
  • Handwear (women’s, men’s, or unisex mittens, gloves, handwarmers, etc.)
  • Men’s
  • Kids’
  • People’s Choice (must post photo in our Ravelry thread for consideration)

The fine print:

Pattern and design must of course be the original work of the person submitting it to the contest, and cannot have been previously published in any form.

Winners will be required to submit knitting/crochet directions for their projects within 1 week of being notified that they’ve won.

Both parties will be able to use and promote the free pattern. We’ll put it on our site, promote you, advertise you on in one of our Ravelry ads, blog about you and so on…. and you can ALSO put it on your site and promote yourself accordingly!

Winners will receive their prizes within two weeks of our receipt of the completed pattern.

Edited 8/25/11 with deadline extension and new terms – see bold text above!

TNNA Columbus Recap

Category: Uncategorized

Last month’s TNNA trade show in Columbus introduced three new space-dyed colors in Wool Clasica. This hand-spun, kettle-dyed yarn has fantastic stitch definition and felts well, too!

New space-dyed colors in Wool Clasica

Traveling to Columbus from Uruguay proved challenging due to the cloud of ash from the recently-erupted volcano in Chile. For a while, it was uncertain whether or not anyone from the Manos cooperative would be able to join us (Fairmount Fibers, their U.S. distributor) at TNNA due to these unusual circumstances, but everything worked out and our booth’s colorful display was a crowd-pleaser.

Seeing what's new in the Manos booth.

We were really excited to share the news about our recent admittance to the WFTO (World Fair Trade Organization), the global representative body of over 350 organizations committed to 100% Fair Trade. Each skein of yarn has the artisan’s signature on the tag so that the consumer knows which member of the co-op their purchase supports.

Manos’s mission is to eradicate poverty through sustainable economic development, pioneering social and environmental policy and practice, and continual reinvestment in marginalized artisans, farmers and producer communities, and we’re quite pleased to have achieved this status after undergoing a rigorous evaluation process.

It was fantastic to see so many friends and fans at the show, and we’re happy to report that the new space-dyed colors were a hit! Many orders were placed, and the new colors are already shipping in Silk Blend, Maxima and Clasica; Rittenhouse should be in shops by the end of the month!

clasica new colors

New Clasica Space-Dyed colors, from L-R:  793 Fossil, 794 Pompeii, 795 Embers.

maxima semi solids

New Maxima Semi-Solid colors, from L-R:  2183 Sweet Potato, 2230 French Press, 2384 Limerick, 2445 Royal, 2602 Prince.

maxima space dyed

New Maxima Space-Dyed colors, from L-R:  6668 Mojave, 6690 Dandelion.

rittenhouse semi solids

New Rittenhouse Semi-Solids colors, from L-R:  508 Black, 511 Navy, 518 Dill, 521 Grenadine.

rittenhouse space dyed

New Rittenhouse Space-Dyed colors, from L-R:  591 Ultramarine, 592 Bark, 593 Orla.

silk blend semi solids

New Silk Blend Semi-Solid colors, from L-R: 3031 Nickel, 3208 Cherry Blossom.

silk blend space dyed

New Silk Blend Space-Dyed colors, from L-R:  3122 Mermaid, 3123 Bluejay.