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.
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!