Marina is an exceptionally soft and vibrant lace weight yarn. This gorgeous single-ply is 100% Superwash Merino wool, and from its handle and sheen, you'd be forgiven for thinking it might have some silk content. It's exquisite!
This true lace-weight yarn is amazing for shawls and scarves because of it's beautiful drape and elasticity.
And the colours are to dye for!! Just like other Manos yarns, each skein is kettle dyed - some colourways are more tonal and others are in-your-face variegated colour fiestas!
Each 100g skein provides a whopping 800m of yardage, so you can make a sizeable finished object with just one skein!
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Every skein of yarn carries the signature of the craftswoman who made it, together with the name of the locality and the non-profit cooperative where it was made. It's very special.
Ingredients: 100% superwash merino
Length: 800m (874yd)
Gauge: Lace 2.75mm (US 2) 32 sts = 10cm
Manos del Uruguay was town in 1968 out of a simple question: How can we improve the life of Uruguayan rural women?
Manos was founded to given women jobs that would allow them to provide for their families, be independent and self-develop while staying in their home villages and keeping their roots and traditional skills.
40 years on, Manos has grown to be a very special non-profit organisation, owned by the women themselves, focused on a product that is sustainable, ethical and beautiful. This was acknowledged by the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) by welcoming Manos as members in 2009.
Manos are almost unique for a commercial brand in that they still spin their yarns by hand.
The secret to their incredible colours lies in the artisanal process of patient kettle dyeing in small pots using precise colour recipes and time honoured techniques, combined with 40 years of research and experimentation. This process creates the subtle nuances in their striated colours as well as the fantastical shading in space-dyed yarns. They dye the same skein up to 6 times to achieve the complexity of a true piece of art. After dying, yarns are sun-dried.
No two skeins are exactly the same and every skein carries the signature of the craftswoman who made it, together with the name of the locality and the cooperative where it was made.
The main content in their yarns is wool from their local sheep farmers. Sheep in Uruguay graze freely on natural grass pastures and are mulling free.
Knitting with Manos is a unique experience for the senses and the soul.
I bought this yarn in a couple of shades recently and it really is a beauty, the drape, squishy softness and yardage
are perfect for a shawl or wrap, especially if paired wit... view moreh a mohair silk or Suri alpaca. For this combination I used
3.5mm chiaogoo needles, but wooden ones would be really good, less slippage. And of course, the price for all this
loveliness can't be beat. Thank you Tribe Yarns for stocking this gem! view less