Malabrigo on the cover of Knitscene, Fall 2015

The new Knitscene Fall 2015 magazine is out, featuring Caen Cowl by Deborah Helmke, designed using Malabrigo Yarn Chunky on the cover!

Caen Cowl by Deborah Helmke, cover in Knitscene Fall 2015

This cowl is perfect if you’re new to brioche stitch and would like to adventure into a new stitch pattern.

In the words of the designer:

This long, looped cowl is the perfect brioche project for beginners. Worked from end to end in the most basic of brioche stitches, this squishy cowl is seamed and has fringe added for a chic, cozy accessory.

Caen Cowl by Deborah Helmke, cover in Knitscene Fall 2015

To knit this pattern, you will need 5 skeins of Malabrigo Yarn Chunky in the colourway of your choice. The colourway featured is Holly Hock (#148).

You can see more of the designs included in this magazine in Ravelry.

Happy knitting!

 

Malabrigo Quickie: Leaves at First Light by Nim Teasdale

In addition to the MFPP we also have a beautiful Quickie today! Bonus!! Introducing Leaves at First Light by Nim Teasdale.

Leaves at First Light in Rastita, in the Aguas colorway

Leaves at First Light in Rastita, in the Aguas colorway

Nim says:

Leaves at First Light is a shawl for budding dryads and elves needing a warm layer to wrap around shoulders in the early morning while creeping off to begin the day, or of an evening while lingering in the cool under the trees or gadding about the forest.

It is designed to sit close around the neck and shoulders, and for a more elfin look can be worn at a jaunty angle over one shoulder or laced up the front through the eyelets to stay put during any enthusiastic woodland frolicking.

You can check out Leaves at First Light on Ravelry here, or check out our past Quickies here!

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What are Malabrigo Quickies?

Quickies are small, fast projects which require only one or two skeins of yarn. Approximately every two weeks we’re teaming up with a talented independent designer to present an exciting new accessory (or other “small object”) pattern, showcasing one of our many yarns and colorways.

-Alex

MFPP: Texture is the New Black by Melanie Berg

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Today we’ve got a beautiful MFPP collection from Melanie Berg: Texture is the New Black. Not only does this delectable little collection focus on exploring texture, but every pattern features our super-soft, extra-fine-merino yarn Finito (in some of my favorite colorways…mmmmm.)

Sunwalker in Finito, Glitter

Sunwalker in Finito, Glitter

Qwist Mitts in Finito, Paloma

Qwist Mitts in Finito, Paloma

Qwist Hat in Finito, Plomo

Qwist Hat in Finito, Plomo

Melanie describes each of the patterns (click the photos to go to Ravelry for more detail):

Sunwalker: Earthy textures combine with glimmering gold highlights in this subtle asymmetrical shawl.
Qwist Mitts: Playful stitches twist and twine through Qwist, a cozy fingerless mitt with a mischievous texture.
Qwist Hat: Cozy yet lightweight, the Qwist Hat is knit with a diagonal stitch pattern that creates warmth without bulk – perfect for those bright fall days when evenings come with an edge of chill.
Risen: The simply elegant construction makes this topdown, seamless cardigan a breeze to knit and a classic in the closet.
Threshold: Standing at the doorway between textured and smooth, Threshold is a top-down, seamless sweater with a flattering boat neck.

Risen in Finito, Plomo

Risen in Finito, Plomo

Threshold in Finito, Paloma

Threshold in Finito, Paloma

Such gorgeous designs and some great ideas for Finito! You can find the full collection on Ravelry here (psst- there’s a KAL going on too!). You can also browse our past MFPPs here!

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What on earth is “MFPP”?

MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

– Alex

MFPP: The Piedras Collection by Shannon Squire

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Designer Shannon Squire has produced a collection celebrating one of our favorite colorways- the complex and beautiful Piedras!

Jasper Cowl in Rastita, in Piedras and Natural

Jasper Cowl in Rastita, in Mostaza and Natural

Beach Agate Hat in Rios, in Piedras

Beach Agate Hat in Rios, in Piedras

Beach Agate Sweater in Rios, Piedras

Beach Agate Sweater in Rios, Piedras

Shannon says:

The Piedras Collection grew from a single skein of yarn – a skein of Rastita in the colorway Piedras. I couldn’t get enough of the this colorway – there’s just so much going on! It just seemed right to build a collection inspired by the rainbow-y goodness that is river rocks. Both the Beach Agate Sweater and the Beach Agate Hat use Rios in Piedras, and the Jasper Shawlette uses Rastita in Piedras and Natural (there is a sample using Archangel, too, that’s amazeballs). The Opal Cowl pulls the colors out of Piedras, using a rainbow of Malabrigo Lace goodness. All of the pieces are perfect for cool walks on the beach, looking for treasures, and the color combos are endless!

Jasper Shawlette in Rastita, Piedras and Natural

Jasper Shawlette in Rastita, Piedras and Natural

Opal Cowl in Lace, in XXXXXXX

Opal Cowl in Lace, in Natural, Fucsia, Glazed Carrot, Frank Ochre, Lettuce, Bobby Blue, Cuarzo

Such gorgeousness! You can find the full collection on Ravelry here. You can also browse our past MFPPs here!

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What on earth is “MFPP”?

MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

– Alex

Malabrigo Quickie: Notus by K.M. Bedigan

It may be summery now, but autumn is just around the corner! Get prepared with a little light knitting that results in a snuggly fall shawlette: introducing Notus by K.M. Bedigan.

Notus in Arroyo, in Glitter

Notus in Arroyo, in Glitter

K.M. says:

Notus, the Greek god of the South Winds – bringer of the storms of late Summer and Autumn. In the ancient texts, he is feared as the destroyer of crops and is a danger to travellers with his actions, heralding the end of the summer heat and beginning of the colder months.

The pattern pairs garter stitch and short rows to create a flowing, textured shawl, with a spiralling cabled border echoing ideas and memories of breezy days.

The shawl is asymmetric, forming a right angle triangular shape. The body is knitted first and edged with a sideways knitted on border. I-cord edging trims the shawl, and is worked throughout. Due to the construction of the shawl, the border can be worked in a second colour.

You can find Notus on Ravelry here, or check out our past Quickies here!

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What are Malabrigo Quickies?

Quickies are small, fast projects which require only one or two skeins of yarn. Approximately every two weeks we’re teaming up with a talented independent designer to present an exciting new accessory (or other “small object”) pattern, showcasing one of our many yarns and colorways.

-Alex

Queimada Shawlette por Trelly Hernandez

Queremos compartir con ustedes un nuevo diseño que Trelly Hernandez desarrolló para malabrigo. El Chal está realizado con malabrigo sock, combinando dos bonitos colores, Primavera y Corcovan.

Lo genial de este patrón, a demás de su diseño, es que está en dos idiomas! Español e ingles! malabrigo movida hispana sigue dando lindas sorpresas! :)

We want to share with you a new design that Trelly Hernandez developed to malabrigo. This Shawl was made with malabrigo sock combining two beautiful colors, Primavera y Corcovan.

The great of this pattern, besides the design, it is that it was written in two languages, spanish and english.

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Queimada Shawlette, Trelly Hernandez, Sock, Primavera y Corcovan.

Lo puedes descargar en los links debajo, tanto en su versión en español como en ingles.

You can download below, in both versions, spanish and english.

QUEIMADA SHAWLETTE_spanish version

QUEIMADA SHAWLETTE_english version

 

Malabrigo Quickie: Fin de Siècle by Sara Burch

Today’s Quickie by Sara Burch highlights such a cool and stunning technique! Introducing Fin de Siècle:

Fin de Siècle in Rastita, in Dewberry and Arco Iris

Fin de Siècle in Rastita, in Dewberry and Arco Iris

Sara says:

Fin de Siècle refers to the end of the 19th century, and one of the dominant art movements at the time was Art Nouveau. Inspired by the more unruly elements of nature, art nouveau is characterized by organic shapes, curling lines, and floral motifs. In the world of knitwear, entwining cables offer the perfect opportunity to explore this artistic style.

This shawl combines cabling with garter stitch stripes and slipped stitches to acheive cable strands that pop from the background, even though only one color is worked at a time. This technique is perfect for making the most of those highly variegated or watercolors skeins by pairing them with a semisolid or solid background color.

You can find Fin de Siècle on Ravelry here, or check out our past Quickies here!

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What are Malabrigo Quickies?

Quickies are small, fast projects which require only one or two skeins of yarn. Approximately every two weeks we’re teaming up with a talented independent designer to present an exciting new accessory (or other “small object”) pattern, showcasing one of our many yarns and colorways.

-Alex

Malabrigo in the World Wide Knit in Public

El pasado 13 de Junio se celebró el Día Internacional del Tejido en Público (World Wide Knit in Public); Montevideo fue parte de este día y malabrigo participó y colaboró con tan lindo encuentro.

On the 13th of June in Montevideo we celebrated the World Wide Knit in Public Day, and malabrigo was part of it.

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La premisa planteada fue juntarse a tejer gorros y que estos fueran donados al Hogar del Bebe, una institución que desarrolla, en Uruguay, un plan para bebés y niños (desde 0 a 5 años) que se encuentran en situación de alto riesgo. Malabrigo colaboró con los hilados para desarrollar estos gorritos! Y nos encantó participar porque los resultados de los tejedores fueron excelentes! :)

The goal was knitting hats, which would be donated to House of the Baby, a organization in Uruguay, which aims to improve the quality of life of little babies and children (ages 0-5 years) who are considered “high risk”. Malabrigo provided all the yarns that were used, and it was great to be a part of this wonderful cause.

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Este día, tan especial, para los “fans” del tejido se festejó en un lugar, también muy particular de nuestra ciudad, la Facultad de Arquitectura (farq). El sábado a las 14 hrs el patio de la facultad comenzó a llenarse de personas, agujas, hilados, y poco a poco los primeros gorritos fueron tomando forma.

We met in the School of Architecture, a beautiful and special place in our city. On Saturday the School began to fill with people, needles, and yarn, and slowly the hats were created.

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Pasamos una tarde hermosa compartiendo una pasión, pero no todo fue tejido! Cada uno de los participantes llevamos alguna cosa rica para compartir, y la mayoría eran caseras, lo podemos jurar! También tuvimos la suerte de poder escuchar a Alejandra e Iván tocando su violín y violonchelo; tejer con buena música en vivo!, qué más podíamos pedir?! :)

We had a beautiful afternoon sharing our passion, but it wasn’t all about the knitting! Each of the participants brought something delicious to share, and we can swear, most were home made! Also we had the privilege of listening to Iván and Alejandra, playing their violin and violoncello. Knitting with excellent music! What more can we ask?

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Otra cosa linda que pasó este día fue que participaron personas que tejían por primera vez y se fueron con su gorro terminado! Que linda sensación, tu primer gorro!

Another nice thing that happened that day was that many people were knitting for the first time, and they left with their hat finished! What a special feeling, “the first hat”!

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El sentimiento que nos quedó a todos los que participamos de este día fue realmente muy bueno! Se notaron las ganas de compartir y la buena onda de los que estábamos! Creo que todos queremos que sea Junio otra vez para poder festejar nuevamente ! Vamos a tener que organizar nuevos encuentros, ya que no vamos a aguantar hasta el próximo Junio sin tejer en público.

The feeling that all the people had was lovely! We noticed the desire to share, and have a good time! I think we all want to celebrate again next year… and we must organize another meeting, because we are not going to wait until next June to knit in public. :)

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Gracias a todos los que participaron del Día Internacional del Tejido en Público! En un próximo post les contaremos como nos fue al entregar los gorros a los niños del Hogar del Bebe.

Thanks to all the participants of the World Wide Knit in Public Day! In the next post we will tell you about giving the hats to the children of the House of Baby.

 

 

Malabrigo Quickie: Ocean Stained Glass by Janet Johnson

Today’s Quickie reminds me of the beautiful, sand-tumbled shards of glass you can often find at the beach- and is a great small project to take with you on your next trip! Introducing Ocean Stained Glass by Janet Johnson!

Ocean Stained Glass in Merino Worsted, in Azul Profundo and Nostalgia

Ocean Stained Glass in Merino Worsted, in Azul Profundo and Nostalgia

Janet says:

This cowl gives you the opportunity to try something new with Malabrigo’s beautifully dyed Merino Worsted Yarn. We’re all drawn to the amazing hues in Malabrigo’s variegated yarn, but sometimes it’s tricky to figure out how to make those colors shine. This pattern breaks up any color pooling that might occur, while highlighting those varying shades by pairing them with a semi-solid color.
What a great use for variegated yarns! You can find Ocean Stained Glass on Ravelry here, or check out our past Quickies here!

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What are Malabrigo Quickies?

Quickies are small, fast projects which require only one or two skeins of yarn. Approximately every two weeks we’re teaming up with a talented independent designer to present an exciting new accessory (or other “small object”) pattern, showcasing one of our many yarns and colorways.

-Alex

Visit to La Serena and the Malabrigo Flock

We are pleased to announce that malabrigo is the proud owner of a flock of Merino and Corriedale sheep, who live on a ranch near our headquarters in Montevideo. Taking this step has been very important to us. We strive for sustainability and quality in all aspects of our business, and now we are able to have a direct hand in wool production from the very first step, and to ensure the humane, high-quality care of our happy little sheep.

sheep2Our little flock does not cover our whole production, but it’s a great show case of how the sheep that provide us with their lovely wool are bred and treated. We will talk a lot more about our flock in coming posts! 

Remember the ladies that visited the mill? They also went to visit our flock that live in this lovely ranch called La Serena.

La Serena is situated about 40 minutes from Punta del Este, Uruguay in an area called Piedras de Afilar. And there all the ladies went, with Tobias and Luciana keeping them company. It takes about an hour to get there from Montevideo.

What do you think was the first thing they did as they arrived? See the sheep, of course!

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Agricultural engineer Ignacio Abella works at SUL, which is the Uruguayan Secretary of Wool, the organization that deals with everything sheep and wool here in Uruguay. Ignacio met us there at the ranch, to share his knowledge about sheep.
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Uruguayan wool is a renewable fibre, naturally produced in our pasture-based environment. The most remarkable characteristics are good staple strength and length, low vegetable matter content and high washing yield. In the yards, we were able to touch and feel those magnificent fleeces.

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We saw breeding ewes of Corriedale and Merino breeds. In a couple of months they are going to be shorn before lambing and they´ll probably cut a nice bright fleece of 4-5 kilos greasy. Corriedale produce what we call “mid-micron wool” (the pullover Ignacio is wearing is knit using Corriedale wool), while Merino produce nice fine wool, with a fibre diameter of 20 microns or even less.

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We learnt about how, by looking at the sheep’s teeth, we can tell their age. The merino sheep we looked at had only 2 teeth, meaning they were born in spring of 2013.

We are committed to achieve the highest standards of sheep care so we provide them with the best environment in order to produce the best quality fibre. This summer and autumn have been a bit dry, and we are waiting for some rain in order to have good improved pastures.

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It was rather amazing and fun to have Ignacio tell us about the difference in breeds and how we can tell the age of a sheep, while actually having the sheep there with us, and actually be able to experience what he was telling us.

By the time we had finished learning and petting the sheep, it was time for lunch. The people at La Serena had prepared for us a typical Uruguayan asado, different kinds of meet and chorizo (sausage) and also grilled vegetables. Everything was delicious! And as every good meal must be, it was all accompanied by very nice Uruguayan red and white wine 😉 Yes, we have amazing wine, as well as sheep! 😉

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For dessert, Marta, a lovely lady who lives at La Serena, had prepared home-made flan with eggs from La Serena! It was  beyond words! There was Dulce de Leche to have with it, of course, no dessert in Uruguay is complete without Dulce de leche, and also another very typical dessert called Arroz con Leche, which is similar to rice pudding.flan

After we finished eating it was time for a little walk around the ranch, where we got to walk among the sheep that were pasturing.

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One of the sheep had got through the fence, the little rascal ! When Juan Pablo, the owner of La Serena, started to herd it back to the flock, the very clever sheep squeezed through the fence the same way it got out!

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All in all we spent a lovely day in nature, learning and sharing. Thank you, ladies, for spending this lovely time with us! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did :)