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Introducing Dos Tierras

We are so excited to introduce you to our newest yarn base, called Dos Tierras, a special blend of  Merino and Alpaca.

Dos Tierras
As you know, all the merino wool we use for our yarns come from Uruguayan sheep, but some of this wool is processed and manufactured in Peru, while another part is still processed and manufactured in our homeland, Uruguay. We created Dos Tierras, which means Two Lands, as homage to these two beautiful countries. By spinning together 50% of our fine Uruguayan Merino wool with 50% baby alpaca from Peru, we have created a DK weight yarn that is as versatile as it is beautiful. The 4-ply structure of the yarn gives a great stitch definition to show off texture, and gives a wonderful drape to your finished garments.

You can find this base in 22 of our kettle-dyed semi-solid and variegated colors, with which you can create the perfect palette to help show off the finished object of your favorite craft.

dos tierras collage

We have prepared a collection using this yarn, working with 5 designer who came up with these lovely designs. You can find the collection on ravelry here or by clicking on the images. Each pattern is sold individually.

Dos Tierras Collection

Designs using Dos Tierras

We hope you like our new base much as we do, and we can’t wait to see all the marvelous things you create with it!

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.

Photo by Joe Hancock | Designed by

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.”

Interview from BIG APPLE KNITTERS GUILD

We’ve been interviewed! Marcela Zappi visited the mill and interviewed Antonio.
“Nestled away in a warehouse 20 minutes outside downtown Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay,
I had the pleasure of visiting, this past April, the Malabrigo yarn manufacturing plant. The
creative design force is Mr. Antonio Gonzalez-Arnao. During my visit Antonio was very
gracious, granting me a couple of hours out of his busy schedule to chat and show me the plant
The plant is rather large. My tour began with a visit to the storeroom where bales of spun wool
yarn are kept on arrival from the spinning mills. There I had the opportunity of feeling the
natural, soft strands of Merino. Eventually, this will form several types of Malabrigo yarns…..”

To read all the review from Marcela Zappi go here!

Sheep Week – Giveaway Winner!

Goodbye, Los Manantiales — it was good to explore your grassy pastures, stone steps and walkways, and fruit trees! We had a wonderful time!

photo by Ignacio Abella

photo by Ignacio Abella

And now, the two great rams will choose the giveaway winner! The winner will receive, by mail:

1 skein of Silky Merino in Celeste

1 skein of Silky Merino in Helechos

2 skeins of Silky Merino in Tatami

1 skein of Worsted Merino in Natural

2 skeins of Rios in Coco

1 skein of Gruesa in Natural (Gruesa is Corriedale! We felt we needed to represent the other sheep here in Uruguay a little, too!)

Congratulations to Glockeroo for winning this great prize! Thank you for your sweet comments, everyone — it has been a great Sheep Week! Glockeroo, we’ll contact you for your mailing address.

Chau, Hannah

Sheep Week – The Rumble of Hooves

This herd is the largest breeding herd of ewes (3,200) in all of Uruguay. Many farms may have a few more ewes, but these ewes are all breeding stock. A few of them even have lambs, and it was a real treat to see the gauchos round them up so we could see them in a group.

photo by Hannah Thiessen

photo by Hannah Thiessen

photo by Hannah Thiessen

photo by Hannah Thiessen

photo by Hannah Thiessen

photo by Hannah Thiessen

photo by Hannah Thiessen

photo by Hannah Thiessen

Stay tuned. Tomorrow is the last day of Sheep Week and the winner (and prize) of the Sheep Week giveaway will be announced!

Chau, Hannah

Malabrigo Awards Excellent Wool Production

Natural Malabrigo Worsted

On March 12, 2010, a very special contest, sponsored in part by Malabrigo, was announced to the wool producers of Uruguay. In an attempt to continue the developing tradition of excellent, environment and animal friendly wool in Uruguay, The Uruguayan Wool Secretary is challenging wool farmers to bring forward their most beautiful, high-quality wools for evaluation. Each wool will be judged on not only quality, but also the practice the company competing employs — using eco-friendly processes and well-known, reputable shearers. The wool lot (or clip)  are judged for quality.

The winner of the contest will receive a Grand Prize — a trip for two to the Stitches event held in New York, October 2011! There, the winner can have a chance to market their yarns and show the excellence of Uruguayan wool to the rest of the world! Second and third place prizes will also be awarded! Winners will be announced in March of 2011 during National Merino Day.

If you’re a Uruguayan wool farmer, you can read more details about the contest, in spanish, on the Secretary of Uruguayan Wool website.

Uruguayan President José “Pepe” Mujica with us.

The president came to the PTI (Industrial Technologic Park ) where our mill is located, to see the building. Because there are many, many companies here that specialize in various types of technological and business production, the building has been selected as an ideal site for a new school of technology, where people can come and learn about various business practices and see first-hand how several around them are run.

No worries – Malabrigo isn’t moving, we’re just getting new neighbors!

pepe-en-pti

Pictured are workers Vane and Toño from Malabrigo team with the President in the center. We like to think that he thought the yarn was very soft and beautiful, too!