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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!

sheep!

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.

hello sheep

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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landscape

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 🙂

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.

prepared colours
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.

what if hard at work1 add dye1checking out the resultsThen, while they gave the yarn time to absorbe the dye, there was a coffee break with alfajorcitos de maizena, a really delicious Uruguayan treat.

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 😉

mary jane going through the bags shopping Noone gets left behind

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

Malabrigo Yarn Rastita in Knitty, First Fall 2014

A new edition of Knitty is out! It contains a beautiful cropped cardi, called Double Take by Jenice Reid.Double take by Jenise Reid

In the words of the designer:

From the front, a cropped cardi. From the back, a hip length sweater with a neat overlapped yoke. Bet you have to look twice to figure it out!

Interestingly, this sweater does not use any short rows. All that crazy shaping comes from increases and decreases setting the sides on bias! Then, to fill in the low back, the front border is knit out and grafted in.

Double take by Jenise Reid

It’s designed for Malabrigo Rastita, showed in the colourway Dewberry. Instructions come for seven sizes, and you will need between 900 (3 skeins) and 1800 (6 skeins) yards of Rastita, depending on the size you make.

For more information, visit the pattern page on Knitty or Ravelry.

– Verónica

Malabrigo in Knitscene Spring 2014

Interweave releases today their new issue of Knitscene for Spring 2014. One of the designs, called Sign of Four Scarf by Annie Watts is knitted with Malabrigo Yarn Silky Merino.

Sign of Four Scarf by Annie Watts, Photo by Nathan Rega of Harper Point Photography

Sign of Four Scarf by Annie Watts, Photo by Nathan Rega of Harper Point Photography

Diamond silhouette edges flow effortlessly into the solid diamond motif of this scarf. The body features a reverse Stockinette stitch background that delivers with clean selvedges.

 

To knit this lovely scarf you will need two skeins of Malabrigo Yarn Silky Merino. The colour shown on the sample is Pollen (#19)

Ravelry link to the patterns contained in the magazine: click here

It’s contest time!

We have five copies of our new book Malabrigo Book 5 in SoHo to give away!

If you’d like the chance to win one, please leave us a comment stating what yarn is used on the design of the cover, and what colourway it is.

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Hint!: You can see the patterns in the book, and some information for each one in Ravelry

Don’t forget, the only way to participate in this contest is by leaving a comment in this post!

Lets play! You have time to participate until Saturday the 23rd, 2013 at 17:00 GMT-3 time (that’s Uruguay time! 😉 ). We will make a draft with all the people who answered the question correctly.

Feel free to share this with anyone you’d like! It doesn’t matter where you live, you can participate.

 

Malabrigo in Knitscene Winter 2013

Interweaves magazine Knitscene for Winter 2013 is out on it’s online version on Sept 23rd, featuring a design for Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo.

Photo by  Nathan Rega of Harper Point Photography

Photo by Nathan Rega of Harper Point Photography

The design is called Tyrian Loop by  Adriana Hernandez. Adriana used one skein of Arroyo in the colourway Purpuras (#872) to create this lovely cowl, that can be used as a long single loop cowl or in two loops around the neck.

The magazine will hit the newsstands on October 15th.

 

Fluo arrives to yarn stores!

Remember this?

 

Glowing Sheep in Worsted

Malabrigo Yarn Worsted in Fluo

After some ups and downs it will FINALLY start to show up in local yarn stores! And together with Fluo it’s sister, Very Berry

Malabrigo Yarn Worsted in Very Berry

Malabrigo Yarn Worsted in Very Berry

What do you think? I’m envisioning lots of beautiful SHINY knits for this coming winter in the northern hemisphere. It will be difficult to not be seen with a handknit in any of these two colourways, I believe!

Locate the stores close to you, or look for online stores that carry our yarns by visiting the Locate a Store link on our site.

– Verónica

 

Interweave Knits, Fall 2013

Malabrigo Yarn is part of Interweaves new edition of Knits for Fall 2013.

The pattern is called PRISMA DOLMAN by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark and is a  beautiful sweater knit using Malabrigo Lace.

Malabrigo Yarn Lace

PRISMA DOLMAN by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark. Photographer, Joe Hancock

It’s a really intriguing design, mirrored pieces are joined with exposed seams for a gritty tee with drop-stitch lace detail.

To knit this pattern you will need 2-3 skeins of Malabrigo Lace, depending on the size you’re making.

The online issue of the magazine is out today, August 1st, and it will hit the news stands on August 20.

Ravelry link to the magazine

Winner of the giveaway!

The lucky winner of the Silky Merino to make the sweater featured on the cover of Crochet! is Marilyn Mihaly! She chose the colour Zarzamora for her sweater, it was quite a popular color!

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We had 403 entries to the contest! Thank you everyone for participating!

Marilyn, we will be writing to you to get your mailing info.

Giveaway!

ENTRIES FOR THE GIVEAWAY ARE NOW CLOSED! We’ll announce the winner in a little bit, thank you all !!!

Malabrigo Yarn is featured on the cover of Autumn Crochet! Magazine. This stylish Puff-Stitch Stripe Pullover is made in Malabrigo Yarn Silky Merino.  We are hosting a 24 hour yarn giveaway for enough yarn to make this pullover!

Cover of Crochet!

Cover of Crochet!

To participate for a  chance to win, leave us a comment in this post, telling us what color of “Silky Merino” you would like if you are chosen as our lucky winner! You can see all the colors in our colorcard HERE.
Rules: Contest is for the Americas and Europe residents only.  The comments that will be valid for the contest are those left between dates July 18 (9am EST) and  July 19 (9am EST)
We will publish the name of the winner on July 19 in the afternoon.
The pattern for the Puff-Stitch Stripe Pullover is featured in the Autumn Crochet! Magazine issue available at www.CrochetMagazine.com
Good luck!