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Virtual Stitching in your Slippers

Join us on-line every Thursday at 4:30 PM Pacific time for Stitching in your Slippers

Boa Knit

(Ball & Skein Boa - knit in Alegria Grande 9089 Huarache)

This is free open time where we chat, share ideas and projects. Join us and meet knitters and crocheters from all across the country, or maybe down the street!

It's the stitching group you didn't know you wanted to join and of course it's free. All skills and interests welcome from all over!

Click here for Stitching in your Slippers Details

It's the stitching group you didn't know you'd love!

Done by December!

Toast and Jam Shawl

Start today on these quick and delightful projects!

Fairmount Fibers, the US distributor of Manos del Uruguay yarns, is creating patterns in Maxima, their 100% Merino, worsted weight yarn. These patterns will feature designs using one semi-solid color and one space-dyed color, so you can play with color! The idea is the pieces are simple and fast, so you'll be Done by December!

To help you get started on your projects using these or any other patterns, we're offering a "Done by December" promotion.

Buy at least two (2) skeins of Maxima and use the code DONEBYDEC at checkout and get 20% off!

Click here to get your Done by December Deal!
Click to see Maxima patterns!

Note: 'Done by December' patterns start with pattern number F188

About Manos del Uruguay

Why do we love Manos so much? Why do we commit so much of our shop, our energies, and our time to this yarn line?

Mirta Elena Spinning Manos

(Mirta-Elena Spinning in Fralie Muerte)

Manos del Uruguay, meaning 'the Hand of Uruguay', is more than just a yarn company. The Manos Cooperatives were founded in 1968, begun 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.

When Kris and Oz traveled there a few years ago, they discovered how much Manos means to everyone in Uruguay, a small, very friendly and welcoming country.

“We all were happy to have an income derived of the products we made with our own hands, but there were also important changes. 40 years don’t seem like so much, but it was a really different time then. Women didn’t have their own incomes, the husband was the one working. This job took the women out of their homes and made them function individually. We were learning to group, have meetings, administrate money, make decisions, organize orders, deliveries and stock, take charge of all the coop’s needs and make ourselves responsible for them. We grew up and found aptitudes we hadn’t imagined we had. It was a revolution.”

– Elisabeth Sosa, artisan and former President of Manos board.

Manos del Uruguay is unique. Since 1968, 54 years now, they have provided a way for women to remain in their villages and towns and take care of their families. Beyond that, the women that work there also own the company, making it truly a unique organization.

Click to see a short video celebrating their 50th anniversary!

Manos is certified by the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) and they are committed to the 10 principles of Fair Trade:

  • Creating opportunities for economically disadvantaged producers
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Capacity building
  • Promoting Fair Trade
  • Payment of a fair price
  • Gender Equality
  • Safe and healthy work conditions
  • Respect for the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (child labor)
  • Better environmental practices
  • Trade with concern for the well-being of marginalized small producers
Click to learn more about Manos del Uruguay

We feel very fortunate to be able to carry every yarn Manos produces in every color. We love reading the tags and thinking of the women that make this possible. Buying Manos is more than getting 'just another yarn', it's something much bigger.

If you have any questions, or want to make your next project with Manos, let us help you choose the perfect yarn!

Click here to see all the yarns of Manos del Uruguay!

Learn to Needle Felt!

Wool Buddy Sheep

Join us ON-LINE Saturday, September 17 at 9AM. This class is on line, so even if you can't make it on that date, you'll receive a recording of the class!

Want to make new friends? This class will teach the basics of needle felting techniques. You will make your own felt Sheep using a Wool Buddies Sheep Needle Felting Kit.

In addition, when you register for the class, you’ll receive a 20% coupon good for 20% off all non-sale items on the web site! (Coupon good for a single order, no limit on the number of items in the order)

Click here for information and to register!

Learn to Knit a Hat in the round!

Basic Beanie Nantucket

(knit with Maxima 9332 Nantucket)

Join us ON-LINE Saturday, September 24 at 9AM. This class is on line, so even if you can't make it on that date, you'll receive a recording of the video!

Keep knitting scarves but want to do more? Learn the next level of knitting techniques while knitting a hat in the round.

We will learn knitting in the round, working with circular and double point needles, decreases, and making a pom pom. This class will provide all of the skills to make the Ball & Skein Basic Beanie hat, a shop favorite!

In addition, when you register for the class, you’ll receive a 20% coupon good for 20% off all non-sale items on the web site! (Coupon good for a single order, no limit on the number of items in the order)

Click here for information and to register!

A Trip to Uruguay!

Artisians on Manos del Uruguay

Join a group of fellow fiber fans on a unique trip to Uruguay! You'll not only go to the headquarters of Manos del Uruguay in Montevideo, you'll travel out to the Cooperatives and meet the Artisans that own the company and produce the amazing, fair trade yarns we all know and love.

This trip is being organized by Manos del Uruguay and their US distributor, Fairmount Fibers. While we don't have all the details, we can tell you the dates are April 16 to 24, 2023.

Click the link below to see the latest details and to register your interest for this amazing trip!

Click for current details and to register to get updates about the trip!

Kris and Oz went on the first "trial run" of this trip, which was much shorter, so we know this one will be even better!

Current Store Hours

Sunday and Monday 11 - 4.

Tuesday Closed.

Wednesday and Thursday 11 - 4

Friday and Saturday 11 - 5.

All staff in the shop is fully vaccinated and boosted.
Always check our web site or give us a call before you make a special trip to see us!
Auntie Woolie Says...
Auntie Wooly 2021


Yes, we stock so many yarns from so many companies, but Manos will always be special to us, and we hope to you as well.

Until next time, please stay well, get vaccinated and boosted, and...

Happy Stitching!

If you're in the area, check our web site at for the latest information on store hours.
Not Traveling? You're in good company!

Don't forget, you can still:
Join us on our Thursday evening Zoom meet-ups for community, help, and ideas!

If you're planning on visiting, please know our schedule can change based on guidelines and resources, so keep up with the latest schedule on our website at

All of us in the shop are fully vaccinated and boosted.
Ball & Skein Videos!
Every month our collection of public videos grows! It's a great way to see designs and products from some of our favorite vendors.

You'll see trunk shows from vendors as well as presentations of the yarns from Manos del Uruguay and some pattern options.

If you haven't experienced our videos, please check them out. You'll get ideas for projects and colors to help you get started with a wide variety of projects.

Click the button below to see all our current video offerings!
Click here to see all the Ball & Skein Videos
Private Lessons

If you need some help, we'd love to assist you using Zoom! It's easy and can actually be fun. Yes, that means you can be anywhere and we can help you! Contact us to schedule an appointment and we can help you with your project or help you learn new skills!
Contact Us Today!
Cat on a Mac

Free Knit Pattern!

Pulse Warmer 2019

Knit with just one skein of Cashmere Classic from Cardiff, these 'pulse warmers' are the perfect gift, or for you!

Click to see all the colors of Cardiff Classic Cashmere!
Click for the free pattern

Yarns at a Discount


This is where to find some yarns at a discount. Could be discontinued yarns or discontinued colors. Who doesn't love a sale? Some of the products on the list will show the discount when you add it to your cart!

Take me to the discounts!
Upcoming Events and Classes
Click here to view our Calendar!
Ongoing Events - Check our Website!

Stay tuned to our Website, our Facebook Page (Feel free to 'Like' us!), our Ravelry Page, or this newsletter for all the latest news and upcoming special events!

Thank you!
We owe it to you that there has been the little yarn shop in Cambria since 1978. We're looking forward to serving you and your friends and family for another 44 years!

Kris, Oz, and the whole Ball & Skein family