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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!

See it Knit – Candombe

Some of our multicolors (read, not variegated) can be hard to picture. Each stitch takes on a different section of the dyed yarn, making for a mottled color with depth and interest, but an overall color theme. Candombe is named after a type of drum-heavy music played in Uruguay. When I was interning at the factory, the Uruguayans in Pocitos played Candombe to celebrate Uruguay’s advances in the World Cup. It was so fun to watch it being played, because the drums are nearly three feet high and are carried as the musical procession advances! The color Candombe is just as fun – a deep, rich color for the deep, rich sound of the drums.

Monkey by Cookie A., knit by Photographer Kel; Wyatt by Kelly Herdrich, knit by KataishDamson by Ysolda Teague, knit by Torsaporsa; Susie’s Reading Mitts by Janelle Masters, knit by Claudiacm1146

PS: If you like, you can listen to some Candombe here!

— Hannah and Veronica

The winners at the mill!

Magdalena Diaz and Sebastian Ifran are the winners of the finest merino producers contest, the contest that Malabrigo sponsored in Uruguay last year.

The farm “Pablo Páez” is located in Cerro Largo, in the north east of Uruguay. They have worked with super fine merino wool since 1996, but have been raising wool sheep since 1980.

The prize of the contest is to go to Stitches East  close to New York with us, and we are very excited to take them. Our idea is to connect the producer with the knitters or final consumers, instead of just being a middle man. We want to make sure you know who your wool is coming from!

Verdict in Spanish here.

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49 in a day!!

We are honored to have received 49 visitors  at the mill from the Great Balls of Yarn store — Robin from Great  Balls of Yarn organized this amazing trip. They visited the mill, took “some” wool and even dyed their own skeins.

It was an incredible experience. Thanks for being here! Well-known knitter Nicky Epstein was among our visitors;  as you can see, she visited our “swimming wool”. We had a wonderful time dyeing and sharing with you all!

More pictures at the Malabrigo  Yarns Facebook page!

Uruguay Knit in Public + Malabrigo, Making a Difference

IKiP Donations

IKiP Donations

Awhile back, we had a post about Uruguay’s International Knit in Public Day, a great event for knitters to show off their skills are raise awareness about knitting to the general public. While many knitters all over the globe get together on IKiP to knit, chat, and just be friendly, the knitters in Uruguay like to knit with a purpose. Together, they managed to knit 900 garments for the orphanages in Uruguay! Many of these garments were out of Malabrigo, which was donated both for knitting with at the IKiP event, and as prizes for participants.

Children Recieving Donations

Children Recieving Donations

The end result was fantastic — these 900 garments went to suit the needs of charities Guillermina and Nuevo Amancer, to be worn by children who truly need them. Yet again, another example of wool keeping not only our bodies, but our hearts warm.

We can only hope that IKiP will be just as successful next year as last year — and hopefully it won’t have to be moved inside because of rain again!

Chau, Hannah

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

Sheep Week – Wool Marking

photo by Hannah Thiessen

photo by Hannah Thiessen

The sheep we use for Malabrigo are only the finest merino sheep in Uruguay. This means that the farms have to meet our high standards too, especially in areas like animal treatment, cleanliness, and herd management. SUL, which monitors regulations of wool breeding and herd management, keeps very high quality standards as well. For instance, the Uruguayan wool farmers are not allowed to use mulesing methods to deal with flystrike — instead, they are trying to breed out the excess folds, and keep their herds small enough to deal with infection and disease.

The herd I visited is located in Paysandu, which is one of the Uruguyan states that contains the most wool farming. The ground there is rocky, which makes it perfect for sheep, who are best left to nibble at what grows up through the rocky ground. If they have too much food, the micron and fineness of the wool is compromised — too little, and the sheep are unhealthy and produce brittle fleeces and fibers. The balance between the two is crucial, and herders pay attention.

photo by Hannah Thiessen

photo by Hannah Thiessen

When shearing season comes around, the herds are marked for quality. Sheep marked with one blue dot (the paint is a chalky substance which washes out when the fleece is cleaned) are fine — those marked with two blue dots are the superfine sheep that win competitions. The finest wool at this farm is some of the finest in all of Uruguay. Malabrigo purchases  the wool that this farm produces, so you are, for sure, going to be knitting with wool from these sheep!

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!