Pure wool, kettle-dyed by hand in space dyed colors. The Manos Cooperative is a non-profit organization comprised of more than 400 artisans in co-ops scattered throughout the countryside of Uruguay. The organization's mission is to bring economic and social opportunities to rural women.
As with all hand dyed yarn, there can be variation in hue, even within the same dye batch. Please be aware that the basic winding technique used by the co-ops can result in up to a 4 gram variation in 100g hanks.
The Manos Cooperatives are a part of the World Fair Trade Organization and every hank of Manos yarn you purchase helps a woman in Uruguay support her family!
I love this stuff. Beautiful colours, nice feeling yarn (a wee bit on the scratchy side - doesn't bother me at all, but bothers my ultra-sensitive grandmothers). I love the thick-n-thin but the variation is extreme (from fingering yarn to bulky). I would like some lighter colours, though.
I'm not a big fan of the texture of wool, I prefer cotton and silk. I made Cross-stitch scarf with the Rainbow Trout colorway from the 101 Designer One-skein Wonders book. The scarf does really look like the skin of a Rainbow Trout. I made Square Hole Wristlets with the Eclipse colorway from the same book. Loved the wristlets but the colorway was prettier in the website picture than in person.
...the yarn is EXTREMELY "thick & thin". And I mean thin to the point of being like embroidery thread. I bought 3 skeins in different colors and only wound one skein, so don't know if the other two are as bad, but I can't imagine trying to knit with the first one. Bummer!