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 :)

Malabrigo Quickies: Pleat Up! by Hanna Maciejewska

Looking for some light knitting to keep you busy through the summer and cozy through the fall? We’ve got the shawl for you! Introducing Pleat Up! by Hanna Maciejewska!

Pleat Up! in Rastita, in Cereza

Pleat Up! in Rastita, in Cereza

Hanna says:

“Pleat Up!” is a triangular shawl knit from side to side on the bias in one piece. It’s simple, classic and clean look is broken up by textural elements while shape-changing worked-in pleats account for the slight curvature at the nape side, making this shawl wrap nicely around the shoulders. Especially cozy when knit from a very soft yarn such as the one used for the pictured sample shawl!

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Gorgeous! You can find Pleat Up! on Ravelry here, or see 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 Quickies: Agasi Hat by Anna Rauf

Today’s Quickie is a pretty little hat by Anna Rauf! Introducing Agasi:

Agasi hat in Merino Worsted, Hollyhock

Agasi hat in Merino Worsted, Hollyhock

Anna says:

When I started my adventure with knitting, I had no idea about hand-dyed yarn. Yarn like this was simply not available at my local yarn stores…

When I received my first skein of Malabrigo Worsted (thanks to a generous friend), I was over-the-moon excited to see for myself how different, how special, and how incredibly unique this yarn is. I did not expect that it would be such a challenge to prepare a design that would compliment semi-solid and variegated colorways. I tried a few of my ideas, but I still was not fully satisfied as I wanted to create a pattern that would show the full beauty and depth of hand-dyed yarn. And this is how I created the Agasi hat.

This hat truly looks lovely in any colorway! It is a fun, easy knit with lots of cables for a textured look.

Find the Agasi hat on Ravelry here, or see 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 the Mill and dyeing session

Last April 28th we received a visit at the mill by ladies that were traveling together for Behind the Scenes Adventures Knitter’s Argentina and Uruguay., with the pleasant trip leader Cynthia LeCount Samake.

When they arrived Luciana gave them the grand tour of the mill, showing them each work station, explaining the whole process which each skein goes through after arriving to the mill. They got to see the drying rooms, in which the heating is powered by solar panels on the roof. These solar panels also provide energy to warm the water used in the dyeing process.

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Each lady dyed a skein of Malabrigo Yarn Sock and Mecha using the Box method, which is the one used to dye Selección Privada. Their dyeing coach was Flavia.

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In preparation for this dyeing session, we had prepared dyes in some of our most popular colourways.
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Line up the wool! It is dyeing time!

Choosing what colours to use, and thinking about what we want our end result to be is always so exciting! Creativity at its peak.

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Look at the results! Gorgeous colours, ladies!

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After they checked out the results of their dying session it was time to hit the shelves and bags for some shopping! That’s when the things got really hectic ;)

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Stay tuned for our next post about the visit to La Serena and getting to know our sheep!

Malabrigo Quickie: Zelda by Szilvia Linczmaier

Today we have a beautiful lightweight hat for spring- Zelda by Szilvia Linczmaier!

Zelda in Malabrigo Sock, Ochre

Zelda in Malabrigo Sock, Ochre

Szilvia says:

As a designer I have long been inspired by the fashion trends of the 1920s, and when I saw the rich gold of Malabrigo Sock Ochre I was sure it would become a light and airy hat that would make the wearer feel as elegant and feminine as Zelda Fitzerald and other icons of the gilded era. This hat features a garter brim flanked by a graceful and sophisticated cable that works its way from brim to crown, ensuring that knitting this hat is engaging from the first stitch.

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So swanky! You can check out Zelda on Ravelry here, or see 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: Let Them Knit Cake by Emma Welford

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Our newest MFPP is both springy and regal, inspired by Marie Antoinette!

The Dauphine's Stockings in Sock, in Lotus

The Dauphine’s Stockings in Sock, in Lotus

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Fargeon Mitts in Silky Merino, Tatami

Emma says:

Let Them Knit Cake is a pattern collection exploring the intersection of history and fashion viewed through my personal lens as a knitwear designer, a source of inspiration I’ve begun to explore recently. Here I turn my focus to Marie Antoinette, the iconic French queen who is remembered by the public at large for her beauty, glamorous style and perceived superficiality. I’ve interpreted rococo fashion for the modern knitter by examining portraits of Marie in addition to reading accounts of her sartorial choices.

The phrase “let them eat cake” has been falsely attributed to Marie; while an agreed upon fallacy in the academic community, pop culture holds tight to the wrongful association regardless. So as a historian-cum-knitting designer, why not use it as the basis for this collection’s title? I wanted to play upon our familiarity of the phrase and make a reference to the usage of the terms ‘cake’ and ‘frosting’ in the sewing community. ‘Cake’ refers to basic foundation garments in one’s wardrobe (plain tanks, versatile jeans), and ‘frosting’ means fun, maybe frivolous clothing (party dresses, maribou trimmed nighties). The four pieces shown in this collection appear to be frosting on the surface—due in no small part to the saturated and exhilarating colors of Malabrigo Yarn—but I hope that they will take the place of cake in your handknit wardrobe, as essential pieces you wear day after day.

Polonaise Cardigan in Silky Merino, in Spring Water, Topaz, and Tatami

Polonaise Cardigan in Silky Merino, in Spring Water, Topaz, and Tatami

Coronation Tank in Arroyo, English Rose

Coronation Tank in Arroyo, English Rose

A collection fit for a queen! Click the photos to go to the individual pattern pages on Ravelry, or see the whole ebook here! You can also browse our past MFPPs here!

(Photographs by Kate Broderick)
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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!

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Malabrigo Quickie: Casper Mountain Cowl by Abbey Swanson

You may remember Abbey (aka The Firefly Hook) from her recent gorgeous MFPP – well, she’s back today with one more project!

Casper Mountain Cowl in Arroyo, in Pocion

Casper Mountain Cowl in Arroyo, in Pocion

Abbey says:

The reds, blues and greens in the Pocion colorway beautifully represent the landscape around Casper Mountain. Because of its many functions, the bandanna served as an essential accessory for a cowboy or pioneer before it became an iconic fashion piece. I wanted a versatile design that could be worn by men, women and children. I love how it looks on both our models: a 16 year old young lady and my 6 year old son.

You can find the Casper Mountain Cowl on Ravelry here! Or see a list of 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

First book of Kristen Kapur

Kristen Kapur has published her first independently book, Shawl Book One, “is a collection of ten of her best loved shawl patterns from her blog, Through the Loops. The book is beautifully photographed by Gale Zucker, of She Shoots Sheep shots.”

She has made two designs using malabrigo yarn, one is Laight Street in Twist, Zinc color; in words of Kristen: “this lovely stole features a combination of lace and cables, bordered with garter stitch.”

Laight Street by Kirsten Kapur | Photo by Gale Zucker | Twist in Zinc color

Laight Street
by Kirsten Kapur | Photo by Gale Zucker | Twist in Zinc color

The other one is Ulmus, “the body of Ulmus is created with a simple two row slipped stitch pattern, alternating two colors of Malabrigo Sock.” Kristen said. The colors that she selected were Abril and Indiecita.

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Ulmus by Kirsten Kapur | Photo by Gale Zucker | Sock, abril and Indiecita colors.

You can see the whole book in Ravelry, hope you like!