Serena by Manos del Uruguay

Serena by Manos del Uruguay

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Serena is perfect for year round warmth without heaviness. Smooth and incredibly soft it works up beautifully without splitting. It has fantastic drape making it perfect for scarves, wraps, cardigans, and summer tops. So lovely to work with, no splitting and really great to wear.

The fibre blend and the kettle-dyeing process give the colours a heathered, stonewashed look. 

60% baby alpaca, 40% pima cotton
approx. 170 yds / 155 mts
per 1.75 oz / 50 g skein
Gauge: 22 - 26 sts = 4" / 10cm 
Needle Size: US 4 - 6 / 3.5 - 4 mm

Manos del Uruguay is a not for profit organisation. It was created in 1968 to provide rural women with jobs in their home towns. 47 years later, Manos are still committed to the same objective; to give economic, social and personal development opportunities to the women in Uruguay's countryside. This was acknowledged by the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO), by appointing Manos as a member in 2009. The WFTO trademark is a quality trademark that guarantees a relationship of commercial exchange based on dialog, transparency and respect, looking for a higher fairness in international trade, and which contributes to sustainable development, offering better commercial conditions, and guaranteeing the rights of small producers and vulnerable workers. 

The artisans are organised in cooperatives that are located in small towns in Uruguay's countryside. With their jobs at Manos del Uruguay, the artisans are able to provide for their families and raise their children without having to emigrate to Montevideo's poor areas. Every day the spinning and dyeing work gets mixed up with the talk about their families, their concerns and joys, the stories of each of them gets tied to the thread in their hands. Each Manos skein has a tag with the name of the artisan who made it and the co-ops location. It's a way to connect the knitter and the artisan who created the yarn.