Hand Dyed Yarn: Featured Indie Dyer of the Month

Featured Indie Dyer of the Month: Manos del Uruguay

Throughout April we are super excited to share with you our favorite hand dyed and fairly traded yarns from Manos del Uruguay. 

Manos yarns have been a vital lifeline for rural communities in Uruguay for the last 50 years. Founded in 1968 to improve the quality of life for rural women by giving them gainful employment using handcraft skills inherited from mothers and grandmothers, and the raw materials at hand: wool!

The 12 current cooperatives provide not just a good income but also an opportunity for the women involved to personally develop and gain independence whilst keeping their roots and traditions, and staying close to their community and families.

Manos del Uruguay remains a nonprofit organization of social interest where the artisans of the cooperatives are the owners of the company with all proceeds shared among the cooperatives or re-invested in the organization.

All of the yarns are hand dyed using wood fired "kettles", creating small batches of wonderfully unique colors that are bright, wild and full of character. Each skein is individually signed by the woman that has dyed it; a wonderful, humbling touch that makes each skein purchased feel like a gift.

You can see our full range of Manos yarns here, and patterns here.

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Inspired? Want to dye your own yarns?

After six months of mouthwatering hand dyed yarns from hand-picked Indie Dyers, we won't be surprised if you are feeling inspired to try yarn dyeing out for yourself. Why not buy one of our Acid or Procion Dye Intro Packs to get you off on the right foot? You can also buy extra undyed yarn and combed top bases here to supplement your kit. 

Check out our handy video on hand dyeing yarn here.