TNNA Columbus Recap
Last month's TNNA trade show in Columbus introduced three new space-dyed colors in Wool Clasica. This hand-spun, kettle-dyed yarn has fantastic stitch definition and felts well, too! Traveling to Columbus from Uruguay proved challenging due to the cloud of ash from the recently-erupted volcano in Chile. For a while, it was uncertain whether or not anyone from the Manos cooperative would be able to join us (Fairmount Fibers, their U.S. distributor) at TNNA due to these unusual circumstances, but everything worked out and our booth's colorful display was a crowd-pleaser. We were really excited to share the news about our recent admittance to the WFTO (World Fair Trade Organization), the global representative body of over 350 organizations committed to 100% Fair Trade. Each skein of yarn has the artisan's signature on the tag so that the consumer knows which member of the co-op their purchase supports. Manos’s mission is to eradicate poverty through sustainable economic development, pioneering social and environmental policy and practice, and continual reinvestment in marginalized artisans, farmers and producer communities, and we're quite pleased to have achieved this status after undergoing a rigorous evaluation process. It was fantastic to see so many friends and fans at the show, and we're happy to report that the new space-dyed colors were a hit! Many orders were placed, and the new colors are already shipping in Silk Blend, Maxima and Clasica; Rittenhouse should be in shops by the end of the month! New Clasica Space-Dyed colors, from L-R: 793 Fossil, 794 Pompeii, 795 Embers. New Maxima Semi-Solid colors, from L-R: 2183 Sweet Potato, 2230 French Press, 2384 Limerick, 2445 Royal, 2602 Prince. New Maxima Space-Dyed colors, from L-R: 6668 Mojave, 6690 Dandelion. New Rittenhouse Semi-Solids colors, from L-R: 508 Black, 511 Navy, 518 Dill, 521 Grenadine. New Rittenhouse Space-Dyed colors, from L-R: 591 Ultramarine, 592 Bark, 593 Orla. New Silk Blend Semi-Solid colors, from L-R: 3031 Nickel, 3208 Cherry Blossom. New Silk Blend Space-Dyed colors, from L-R: 3122 Mermaid, 3123 Bluejay.