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March 12, 2011

We have our usual stall at Glososp Farmers Market today and to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight we have some Manos Del Uruguay Fair Trade Lace yarn – 70% Baby Alpaca, 25% Silk, 5% Cashmere  yum! – at the special price of £9.00 for a 50g skein. this glorious yarn knits at 32 stitches to 10cm on 2.75mm needles and with 439yds/400m in a 50g skein offers lots of lace knitting possibilities.

This offer is available between 12.30pm and 3pm today.

We have   Nixie –  a pale green variageted yarn;Fuschia – a lovely pink; Fay –  pale neutrals and Prilla – purple.

You can see these colours at http://www.artesanoyarns.co.uk/Yarn%20Pages/manoslace.html and I have reproduced the story behind these yarns below.

 The Manos Story

Manos Del Uruguay was created in 1968 looking for a way to help women in Uruguay’s countryside to generate income. When developing their products they looked to the natural materials that they had to hand, wool in particular, and also to use the traditional skills that they had inherited. They spin, dye, knit and weave the products that are later sold in the world’s most sophisticated markets. Today, Manos is a co-operative of 400 women, but during peak export periods, they are working with as many as 1200 women.

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