Needlecraft University's Anniversary
Happy 2010 everyone! I wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year.
Needlecraft University is celebrating its seventh year in business. NU opened its doors in January 2003.
We are now offering forty six classes, and are in the process of adding more.
The most important fact is that we could not have done it without your patronage and support.
So from all of us at NU, Thank You for your support by visiting the web site, taking our classes,
and sending us your encouraging comments.
Article of the Month - Yarns with Conscience
We all love yarn and most likely have a large stash. It is part of being a knitter/crocheter.
Personally, I would love to use yarn that would have a positive impact in the world.
Yarns that are made with products that have the least impact on natural world,
and help people in the poorer areas in this world earn a living.
This idea made me to go on a quest to find companies that bring us yarns with conscience.
I found three that I will write about, but I am sure there are more of them out there.
Nazanin S. Fard
Manos Del Uruguay is a co-operative of over 800 women that produce wonderful hand spun yarn using natural fibers from South America.
This company was founded in 1968 by a group of women with the goal of promoting financial and social development for women in rural areas of Uruguay.
They produce wool/silk blends and 100% wool yarns. For more information check:
Mango Moon produces recycled silk yarn from Nepal.
The silk that used to go to waste from making Saris is now used to spin gorgeous colorful yarns.
The proceeds provide shelter for abused women in Nepal. These women use their spinning and knitting skills to take care of themselves and their children.
Mango Moon also carries hand carved knitting needles and crochet hooks. For more information check:
Be Sweet was founded in 2003 with the principle idea of being kind to others.
Therefore, their products are created by poor women in villages of South Africa that rely on their jobs to support themselves and their children.
The yarns they produce are mostly mohair, merino, and recycled banana silk.
In addition, they have finished products such as shawls, scarves, bags, hats, etc. made by women in South Africa.
Part of the proceeds supports a school that caters to these women’s children. For more information check out:
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