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Fashion show at Vogue Knitting Live, Minneapolis

Last Saturday, November 5th malabrigo took over the Vogue Knitting Live runway in Minneapolis. We had the opportunity to show you designs from some of our books, specially our most recent one, malabrigo Book 10 – Rios, and also designs by Steven Be and Scott Rohr. For anyone who couldn’t enjoy the fashion show live with us, we made a little video, showing some highlights.

We also presented garments from our upcoming malabrigo Book 11 – Aniversario. This book will be based on designs featuring our new colourway Aniversario, created to celebrate our 10th anniversary.

To read more about the patterns presented at the Fashion Show, please click on the following image, which is for the brochure we gave away at the door.

List of patterns and description

The fashion show was a success and we had a blast! We hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into it, too 🙂

Lambing time at La Serena

You might remember from an earlier post, when we introduced you to the Malabrigo flock, who lives at La Serena.

Malabrigo Flock at La Serena

Malabrigo Flock at La Serena

Spring is coming and we wanted to talk to you a little bit about lambing season. 

Malabrigo Flock at La Serena

Malabrigo Flock at La Serena


During August and September, many of the sheep in our flock give birth to cute little lambs, and we want to share this beautiful experience with you. We hope you like it!

Credits:

Line producer: malabrigo

Photography: Marcos Mezzottoni

Edited by: Marcos Mezzottoni

Texts: malabrigo

Music: Manuel Espasandin

Cameras: Joaquín González, Pancho Pastori y Marcos Mezzottoni

Shearing time at the malabrigo Sheepfold

We have been working on this for a while and wanted to share it with you today, a video of our sheep flock! We hope this will be the first of others, but all in good time! 🙂

Malabrigo flock, La Serena, Uruguay.

Malabrigo flock, La Serena, Uruguay.

As some of you know, we have our beloved sheep flock, who live on a ranch called La Serena, near our headquarters in Montevideo. In this video we show you around beautiful Piedras de Afilar and demonstrate the process by which we shear our sheep and harvest the beautiful fleece that becomes Malabrigo yarn. We strive to use sustainable and humane farming practices with our ranch and flock – a happy sheep makes the best wool!

We hope you enjoy it, as we enjoy and value sharing what is important to us with you!

Credits:

Line producer: malabrigo

Photography: Marcos Mezzottoni

Edited by: Marcos Mezzottoni

Texts: malabrigo

Music: Manuel Espasandin

Cameras: Joaquín González, Pancho Pastori y Marcos Mezzottoni

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.

 

 

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 🙂

Visiting the malabrigo mill

Some weeks ago we had the visit of Joji, Andrea and Nash, and we spent a great time with the girls.

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Then, to our surprise, Nash made a detailed podcast about their visit to the mill! We think that she describe the atmosphere of malabrigo so well!
So, we want to share with you this wonderful video of Nash!


Thanks Nash! 🙂

Malabrigo in Interweave Knits Fall 2014

We are very pleased with the last number of Interweave Knits Fall 2014! The amazing cover with Ramona Gaynor´s design, knitted with malabrigo it´s a privilege for us.

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Photo by Joe Hancock | Designed by Ramona Gaynor

Photo by Joe Hancock | Designed by Ramona Gaynor

Photo by Joe Hancock | Designed by Ramona Gaynor

The pattern is Redfern Cardigan made with Malabrigo Yarn Rios, superwash merino, Glazed Carrot, this´s a special color, that reminds us of a majestic sunset on a warm fall afternoon.

Photo by Joe Hancock | Designed by Ramona Gaynor

Ramona says about her design: 
“The reversible herringbone pattern creates a versatile collar in the Redfern Cardigan. Wear it buttoned up, with the collar styled as a cowl-neck, or unbuttoned, with the collar folding down over the shoulders. Whichever way it’s worn, the stylish doubled buttons on the collar show.”

“How did you get the name ‘Malabrigo’?”

That’s a question we get a lot! “Mal abrigo” translates roughly to “bad shelter”, a curious name for a yarn company indeed.

The name comes in part from the village of Mal Abrigo in Uruguay. There are several towns of that name in South America (in other countries) but that was the one we had in mind. It is called that because it is extremely windy and back when people rode horses and needed to take shelter for the night, it was known for being a terrible place to stop.

The real Mal Abrigo (and some of ours! Angora, specifically.)

But we were also inspired by novelists like  Garcia Marquez, Juan Carlos Onetti, and William Faulkner, who set their novels in imaginary towns (Macondo, Santa Maria, and the towns in Yoknapatawpha County, respectively!) In our minds, Malabrigo is an imaginary and chilly place where the weather drives everyone inside to knit, and cozy wool sweaters, hats, and scarves are always useful!

Dear Malabrigo Friends

Hello, Malabrigo Blog Readers!

It is not very often that I have a chance to address you all directly, although I have been writing for the blog for nearly two years, I have not written posts from my own point of view since I was in Montevideo for my internship. Working for Malabrigo has been a truly unique and lovely experience. This company cares so deeply for everything involved in the process in making their yarns – each skein is loved from sheep to final skein, and all of the wools are produced in the most delicate of ways. When you get a skein, you are truly getting a gift. A gift that has passed through many, many hands, been dyed by people who do it all day long and never tire of their work. The folks at the factory, the people who run the company, the people who raise the sheep – these are all truly dear, wonderful individuals to me. I am so honored to have been a part of this wonderful company, no matter how small a part I have been.

In case you aren’t aware, I have been the Project Coordinator, I have answered some of your Submissions inquiries, I have done a bit of customer service here and there – I write any blog post you see tagged with my name at the end, and I have worked on Book 3, and soon will help the company release Book 4 (I will be finishing my work with them on this wonderful pattern book! I hope you all love it!) I have managed and directed contests, projects, MFPP, and many other things. I have met you at TNNA and met the sheep at Paysandu. And all of this would not have been possible without Malabrigo.

I am leaving the company to pursue another fiber dream, but I hope that many of you will continue to keep in touch with me, through email, ravelry, and my personal blog.  I have come to truly love what this company stands for, and I will always remember and appreciate all that you have made possible for me. The blog will continue to be updated, and you have another month scheduled of See it Knit and Weekly Color Features designed by me before the transition fully takes place.

With great, big, fibery love,

Hannahbelle