Sock yarn from Manos Del Uruguay! Alegria is an easy-care blend of ultra-soft superwash merino with durable polyamide. It has a remarkably soft hand and resiliency, making for lovely baby projects as well as socks.
Fiber Content: 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Polymide
Gauge: 28-30 sts = 4”/10cm
Needle Size: US 1-3/2.25-3 mm
Yardage: approximately 445 yds/425 meters per 3.5oz/100 gm skein
Care Instructions: Machine wash or hand wash in cool water. Dry flat
Manos Del Uruguay - Alegria - Hand-Dyed Vibrant Colors
The Manos Cooperatives were founded in 1968, by five women whose goal was to develop economic opportunities for women in a country where there were, and are still, few opportunities for work. Since then, it has expanded to encompass 17 individual cooperatives, employing 350 artisans. Initially the “faded”, striated colors of Manos yarn were the result of heating yarn for dyeing in large, iron kettles over wood fires. Over the years, the dying process has been refined to provide consistency of color without losing what has become the trademark stria shading. The Manos Cooperatives provide health insurance, retirement pensions, paid vacations and paid maternity leave for their members. Moreover, members enjoy a sense of achievement and of self-determination. Additionally, the Manos Cooperative began the first kindergartens in Uruguay to provide childcare for the artisans, which has led the way for better education for all the children of Uruguay.