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I did not have time for another project. These hanks stared at me for over a month but it was time to dig in. How could I give a review on yarn if I didn’t use it yet? I couldn’t, so here we go.
I’m a firm believer that the yarn will tell you what it wants to be. I needed to decide what craft I would use. I love tunisian crochet, but I haven’t used my regular hooks in a while. I took to Instagram to see what my community thought. It was a mix. I tried both but ultimately tunisian crochet won out.
The Company: Manos Del Uruguay
Let me tell you about the company and then I’ll talk about the yarn. I like to research companies before I talk about them. It ensures that I am bringing non-problematic information to you. Too many times we learn after the fact that companies have questionable ethics or business practices. This is not the case here.
Manos yarn and fiber is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization. Manos yarns are produced by skilled artisans in cooperatives located throughout Uruguay. Every skein purchased helps a woman there support her family. Every skein is signed by the artist who dyed it. You know who dyed your yarn and what village it came from. Although I don’t know the areas, that’s pretty cool.
These hanks came from Fairmount Fibers. They are an American distributor for Manos Del Uruguay Yarns. You can find them on most social media platforms.
The yarn is kettle dyed. That means that no two skeins are alike. You can see the variation in colors. I know this is a concern for some makers, but it doesn’t bother me. this Honeycomb color was calling my name. I go in with the expectation that there will be difference and roll with it. Personally I like the variation of hand dyed yarns. Color pooling can be an awesome design effect. Also, I’m admittedly too lazy to alternate skeins.
The yarn is soft to the touch and squishy. It’s also what some might call a little rustic. Alpaca Heather is 70% wool and 30% alpaca. The alpaca is definitely noticeable as it sticks out all over. It’s perfect for spit splicing so there aren’t ends to weave in all over your project. Since is comes in 50g hanks, any project of a considerable size will require multiple. If you have a sensitivity to the prickle it may not be the yarn for you. You can also choose a project that doesn’t require it to be next to skin. The stitch definition is great and there was no splitting. The yarn is a sport weight, which is clearly stated on the site but the tag only lists knitting gauge. If you don’t also knit this information isn’t very useful. Hopefully more companies will start to also list hook size and crochet gauge.
I can’t wait to show you what I made! It’s going to have to wait for a cooler morning for me to put this on. It’s warm. Let me know if you’ve used it and what you think. I’m thinking about trying some of their other lines. In the meantime check out Manos Del Uruguay yarn from Fairmount Fibers.