Thursday, August 9, 2012

Craftsy Deals: Fair Trade Edition!

I know I've posted several times about Craftsy Deals, but here are my latest acquisitions:

1 skein Manos Clasica in Olivewood - natural blues, browns, yellows and grays

2 skeins Manos Clasica in Lily Pad - soft reds, calming creams and earthy greens

I couldn't resist the offer for Fair Trade yarn + free shipping. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I have never knit with Manos' yarns (and only recently acquired at skein of Maxima while in Columbus earlier this year). None of my LYSes carry Manos, so that has always been roadblock #1. I suppose roadblock #2 is that they don't have a sock yarn, which I view as the gateway drug to a yarn line. However, in the course of my work, I have learned so much about the Manos Co-Ops, yarns and colorways, it's about time I gave them a try!

As Craftsy noted in the product description:
Manos del Uruguay helps empower women in Uruguay's countryside by generating income for themselves and their families. Through yarn sales, these women have been able to obtain economic independence. All yarn produced by Manos del Uruguay is hand-dyed using precise color recipes that create subtle nuances in the hues of every yarn. Manos del Uruguay is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization, and all of their yarns are certified as 100% sustainable. Buy this yarn and support efforts to empower women and eradicate poverty through sustainable economic development. 
Pretty awesome, right?

There are tons of great one- and two-skein patterns for Clasica - I think I'll be making the Wavy Cable Boot Toppers with the Lily pad; for the Olivewood, I'm having a hard time deciding between the Tweedledee Hat and the Antelope Hat (all three patterns are free Ravelry downloads, might I add!).

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