Winner + What’s New For Spring!

Category: New Stuff

Thanks to everyone who entered our blog contest! Our winning comment is from Debbi H, who said, “I love that the Manos Cooperatives provide health insurance, retirement pensions, paid vacations and paid maternity leave for their members. Moreover, members enjoy a sense of achievement and of self-determination. that is huge!”  Debbie has been contacted via Ravelry to claim her prize.  Thanks to everyone who has helped spread the word about Fair Trade this month!

Here’s a look at what’s new for Spring from the Manos Co-Ops:

Lace knitters rejoice!  We’ve added 11 new colors to our palette.  This delicate blend of baby alpaca, silk and cashmere is perfect for a wide variety of projects and is perfect for the warmer months to come. We’ve love to see Keeping Rosita Warm knit up in a few of these fresh new Lace colors, wouldn’t you?

L-R 2040 Puck, 2109 Banshee, 2121 Dryad, 2183 Gloriana, 2207 Oberon, 2387 Leprechaun, 2425 Naiad, 2445 Merrow, 2650 Prilla, 6977 Fay, 7311 Iris.



Next up, we’ve got eight gorgeous new colors in Serena!  This lightweight alpaca/cotton blend is ideal for trans-seasonal knitting, and your customers will love our newest colors.  The Aurelie Tank from the Interweave Knits
Spring 2012 issue is a fun beaded top using 3-5 skeins of Serena – it’s perfect for layering or wearing all on its own!

L-R: 2680 Sea Urchin, 2609 Peony, 2590 Natural, 2444 Harbor, 2368 Ivy, 2122 Mahogany, 2100 Hummingbird, 2040 Gold, 2020 Curry.


Finally, we’re introducing five new Maxima colors.  Small projects or felted pieces are perfect for the spring and summer – or get a jump on sweater knitting with the latest kettle-dyed colors in this soft and squishy 100% merino wool!  Our newest free pattern for Maxima, the Tweedy Bucket Hat, would look fantastic in any of these new hues.

L-R: 2020 Spirulina, 2145 Coral, 2349 Oxygen, 2552 Foil, 2590 Natural

LE6: Spring is in the Air

Category: Clasica LE Colorways

There may be 6 more weeks of winter, but spring is coming early to your LYS  via Santiago’s latest creation, LE6 (shown below)!  This month’s limited-edition color is a breath of fresh air; you’ll love the cheery, bright colors reminiscent of the first spring flowers.

Of course, our Wool Clasica Limited-Edition color series is only available for a limited time – so don’t delay!  Once it’s gone, it’s gone!

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You may view past & current LE colors on Ravelry, Facebook and the Fairmount Fibers Website.

Need some inspiration?  Here are some great new patterns to knit in Wool Clasica:

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From L-R: Mock Lattice Gaiter by Dawn Bryfogle, Ricordi by Emma Fassio, Marina by Charlotte Walford, Secret Song Mittens by Maura Kirk, Buttoned Cape by Yoko Hatta.

It’s Fair Trade February!

Category: Fair Trade News & Topics
Those of you who follow us on Twitter and Facebook or subscribe to the Manos Del Uruguay Fair Trade Newsletter know that we’ve dedicated the entire month of February to celebrate Fair Trade.   Besides the yarn itself, it’s the story behind the yarn and the people who work in the Co-Ops in Uruguay who make Manos yarns and fibers so special.  From time to time, we share artisan profiles with our fiber fans; each person who works at the Co-op has a unique story and we enjoy sharing them with you!

The Manos Cooperatives were founded in 1968 by five women whose goal was to develop economic opportunities for women in a country where there were (and still are) few opportunities for work.  This is especially important in the more remote areas of Uruguay, as the Co-ops there provide a source of income that enables the workers to remain with their families.  If you’d like to find out more about the history of the Manos Co-ops, click here.

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When you buy a skein of Manos yarn, you’re getting much more than meets the eye! Each and every purchased skein helps a woman in Uruguay support her family and supports the Manos mission to eradicate poverty through sustainable economic development and reinvestment in marginalized artisans, farmers and producer communities.  As you spin or knit with our products, you become part of the Manos story, too!

Our first giveaway this month was on our Facebook Fan Page and we were astounded and thrilled to see the thoughtful and insightful comments posted in answer to our question, “what does Fair Trade mean to you?”  We wish we could post them all here, but instead we’ll share a random sample (click here to read all 149 comments!):

“Manos is a very well organized co-op, that has given women opportunities they would have not had other wise, that’s something I can always get behind!” – Catalina

It means quality and equality for maker and consumer.” – Diana

Fair trade means that someone used their skill, love and ability to create and distribute something while finding joy in it themselves. This means that I am then able to do the same thing by using the material to create something else full of love and skill that can bring joy to someone else.” – Antonia

Fair trade yarn means knitting without guilt.” – Emily

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And our winning comment:

“Fair trade yarn allows for me to help support the women who have made such a beautiful product in a way that is dignified, as well as knowing where my product is coming from.” – Naomi

If you’d like a chance to win some free Fair Trade Yarn of your own, leave a comment on this blog post sharing something new or interesting you’ve learned about the Manos Cooperatives after reading this blog post (or following the links above).  Be sure to also share your Ravelry ID or some way we can contact you in case you win!
We’ll randomly select 1 lucky winner to announce on Friday, February 24th via this blog.  Good luck!

(P.S. We have more chances for you to win this month – be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or join our Ravelry group to stay updated!)