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Malabrigo Quickies: Rama Lama by Justyna Lorkowska

Today’s stunning Quickie comes from designer Justyna Lorkowska of Lete’s Knits – introducing Rama Lama!!

Rama Lama in Merino Worsted, in Geranio and Pigeon

Rama Lama in Merino Worsted, in Geranio and Pigeon

 

Justyna says:

Rama Lama is a seamless bottom-up cowl knitted all in one piece. It starts and finishes with Garter stitch. The body is worked in Beaded Stripes pattern based on simple knit, purl and slip stitches. It can be made in two sizes: cozy neck warmer and long infinity loop.

Each version of the design uses less than two skeins of Malabrigo Worsted, but if you have lots of small leftovers of this yummy base, this is THE design to stashbust them.

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So gorgeous! I know what I’m doing with all my merino worsted scraps now, that’s for sure! You can check out Rama Lama on Ravelry here, or browse our past Quickies here.

 

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What are Malabrigo Quickies?

Quickies are small, fast projects which require only one or two skeins of yarn. Approximately every two weeks we’re teaming up with a talented independent designer to present an exciting new accessory (or other “small object”) pattern, showcasing one of our many yarns and colorways.

-Alex

 

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

 

Malabrigo Quickies- Sokol by Melanie Berg

This Quickie is so charming- somehow both tough and refined at the same time! Introducing Sokol by Melanie Berg:

 

Sokol in Merino Worsted, in Chapel Stone.

Sokol in Merino Worsted, in Chapel Stone.

Melanie says:

Sokol is the Russian word for “hawk“, and knowing this, it’s not difficult to imagine where this name comes from. Falconers need to protect their arms and hands, so they need long mitts, padded with an extra layer of fabric.
Sokol mitts are knit in the round from the bottom up. The main part of the mitts is worked in plain stockinette, with just a few rounds of ribbing along the edges, making this project perfect for adventurous beginners. The buckles are added at the end and the tip of each buckle is attached with a button.
With their steampunk look they’re a great addition for your fall and winter wardrobe.

 

Definitely getting the steampunk vibe…but also, just think of all the cool button combinations you could use! Love ’em love ’em love ’em.

You can see Sokol here on Ravelry, or check out all our past Quickies here.

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What are Malabrigo Quickies?

Quickies are small, fast projects which require only one or two skeins of yarn. Approximately every two weeks we’re teaming up with a talented independent designer to present an exciting new accessory (or other “small object”) pattern, showcasing one of our many yarns and colorways.

-Alex

MFPP: Yarn Play by Katya Frankel

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Our MFPP for September will send you back to school in style- introducing Katya Frankel’s “Yarn Play”!

 

Causal Nexus in Sock, in Eggplant and Ochre

Causal Nexus in Sock, in Eggplant and Ochre

Cherrystone in Twist, in Zinc

Cherrystone in Twist, in Zinc

 

Katya says:

September has always felt like the beginning of a new year to me. The light gets softer, the leaves start to turn, and families get ready for a new school year. This time of year is exciting: the season for cosy knits is here! I begin to long for crisp air, I bring out my hats and scarves, and I start to plan what I am going to knit next for my autumn wardrobe.
And this autumn I want to share my own collection of cosy knits: The Yarn Play Collection.

 

Apple River in Lace, Applewood.

Apple River in Lace, Applewood

Prim Cardigan in Arroyo, in Coffee Toffee

Prim Cardigan in Arroyo, in Coffee Toffee

Waterspout in Merino Worsted, in Pigeon

Waterspout in Merino Worsted, in Pigeon

Locus Vest in Silky Merino, in Burgundy

Locus Vest in Silky Merino, in Burgundy

Hinged in Merino Worsted, in Polvoriento

Hinged in Merino Worsted, in Polvoriento

 

These gorgeous neutral and fun stitch details speak straight to my heart- I love love love this collection! Click the photos to go to each individual pattern, or check out the whole thing here. You can also browse past MFPPs on our Ravelry page.

 

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What on earth is “MFPP”?

MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

– Alex

Glowing Sheep!

There has been quite a bit of talk about the genetically modified lambs born in Uruguay,  and by now you have probably heard or read about them, too!

Uruguayan Glowing Sheep: clic on image to read about it

It’s a genetic experiment developed by IraUY. There are already examples in the world of animals that having been genetically manipulated to produce proteins like insulin in their milk. The major goal of IraUy in doing this experiment is to perfect the technique of genetic manipulation in order to document and share their conclusions so other scientists can use what they have learned. They incorporated a gene taken from the Aequorea Victoria jellyfish, which is fluorescent and therefore easy to detect the sheeps tissue. As a result, these 9 lambs show their fluorescent colour when exposed to a certain UV light.

When we saw this news, and read on twitter some users making jokes that we should spin their yarn, we just had to create our very own glowing colourway, inspired in these 9 lambs!

 

Fluo in Worsted

Fluo in Malabrigo Yarn Worsted

It’s really flourescent in person- it’s quite difficult to capture that in a photo!
I, personally, must confess I had a lot of fun imagining what would happen if one of these lambs got away from where they are and started running across the fields, and someone ran into it at night and saw it glow. Oh, the stories that would create!

This colorway will be presented at TNNA, so it will be available some time after that.

– Vero

 More information about it

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The Washington Times

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MFPP: Sleeping Beauty Knits by Jenise Reid

 

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I’m very pleased to introduce our newest MFPP, a whimsically beautiful collection by Jenise Reid inspired by Sleeping Beauty!

"Handspun Sweater" in Aquarella in Palmar (hemmed with Lace)

“Handspun Sweater” in Aquarella in Palmar (hemmed with Lace)

"Crown Tee" in Lace, in Polar Morn

“Crown Tee” in Lace, in Polar Morn

"Sleepy Hoodie" in Silky Merino, Matisse Blue

“Sleepy Hoodie” in Silky Merino, Matisse Blue

"Sleepy Hoodie", back view

“Sleepy Hoodie”, back view

Jenise says:

Sleeping Beauty is a quick trip through an old tale. Knit the castle walls, or a gift for the baby princess, then at the end is the crown tee to celebrate the princess bride! Despite having such romantic inspiration, I have tried to keep everything modern and wearable. What is the sense of knitting something you won’t be able to use every day?

 

"Fairy Toque" in Sock, Chocolate Amargo

“Fairy Toque” in Sock, Chocolate Amargo

"Bramble Stole" in Merino Worsted in Fuscia

“Bramble Stole” in Merino Worsted in Fuscia

 

"Stone Wall Throw" in Gruesa in Pearl Ten

“Stone Wall Throw” in Gruesa in Pearl Ten

Such a beautiful interpretation of the classic fairytale, don’t you think? Fantastic work Jenise! Click the pictures to go to the individual patterns on Ravelry, or you can see the whole collection here. You can also browse all the MFPP patterns on our Ravelry page.

 

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What on earth is “MFPP”?

MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

– Alex

 

Malabrigo Quickies: Dactyl by Larissa Brown

This week’s Quickie is dino-riffic! If we’re talking about a cute, wooly, pink dinosaur, anyway. [Pterodactyls are not actually dinosaurs – Ed.]  (Oh you shush, they’ll always be dinosaurs in my heart!)

 

Dactyl in Merino Worsted, Geranio

Dactyl in Merino Worsted, Geranio

 

Larissa says:

I’m sure this is how it goes for most paleontologists. Playing with a long length of ribbing that folded in on itself, I accidentally discovered pterodactyl wings. Pink ones.

Not fit for flight, they’re actually a teeny shawlette knit with one skein of Malabrigo Merino Worsted in the lipsticky shade called Geranio. A point at the back neck gives it a depth of just 8.5 in/22 cm and the wingspan is a cute 44/112.

With just 16 rows of ribbing, and finished with short rows, this project flies by. Heh heh.

 

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Decidedly charming. You can get your pterosaurian groove on over on Ravelry, here, or perhaps have a dig (hehe) through past Quickies here.

 

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What are Malabrigo Quickies?

Quickies are small, fast projects which require only one or two skeins of yarn. Approximately every two weeks we’re teaming up with a talented independent designer to present an exciting new accessory (or other “small object”) pattern, showcasing one of our many yarns and colorways.

-Alex

MFPP: Pollination Collection by Star Athena

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Our newest MFPP is a Springalicious collection of goodies by Star Athena! I’ll let Star tell you a bit about each one…

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Conestoga Bonnet in Chunky, Pink Frost (Also the Honey Orchard shawl in Silky Merino, Cape Cod Gray, and the Plum Creek Mitts in Worsted, Pearl Ten, and Lace, Dusty.)

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Conestoga Bonnet in Chunky, Pearl

Before the development of the railroad, people relied on covered wagons like the Conestoga to travel the Appalachian Valley. The Conestoga Bonnet revives old time carriage dress into the modern era.

 

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Honey Orchard in Silky Merino, Sand (and a snippet of Conestoga Bonnet in Chunky, Geranio.)

Honey Orchard is a made-up place with dancing lambs and bees with no stingers. The sunlight tastes sweet and always comes paired with a gentle breeze. This asymmetrical shawl pattern is inspired by a dreamy little fictitious place like Honey Orchard.

 

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Plum Creek Mitts. From left to right: Worsted in Sealing Wax and Lace in Pink Frost; Worsted in Pearl Ten and Lace in Simply Taupe; Worsted in Pearl Ten and Lace in Dusty.

On the banks of Plum Creek, “She heard pa shouting,’Jiminy crickets! It’s raining fish- hooks and hammer handles!’” (Laura Ingalls Wilder) Plum Creek is a place where country gals ride horses and picnic in the grass. It is the inspiration for a set of armwarmers that integrate delicate lace onto a sturdy structure. These mitts are a little feminine and a little bit practical too, right at home in Plum Creek.

 

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Tree Rings in Sock, Alcaucil and Natural.

Every tree has a secret inner life. You can guess the age by the height but the real data is locked within the core — growth rings. Tree Ring Socks show your knitting growth on the outside. This project is an easy way to use two colors in your knitting without having to carry more than one strand at a time.

 

What a delightfully charming collection, thanks Star!! Click the pictures to go to the individual patterns on Ravelry, or you can see the whole collection here. You can also browse all the MFPP patterns on our Ravelry page.

 

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What on earth is “MFPP”?

MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

– Alex

MFPP: Mad Women by Sarah Wilson

Mad Women by Sarah Wilson

This months MFPP is called Mad Women by Sarah Wilson, (TheSexyKnitter in ravelry). She took inspiration from the 1960’s and ended up with a collection perfect for the Mad Men women. I personally love that series!

 

Megan's Sweater in Rios, in Glazed Carrot and Paris Night

Megan’s Sweater in Rios, in Glazed Carrot and Paris Night

In Sarah’s own words:

My inspiration for this collection was the 1960’s. I knew I wanted to do a mod mini, a groovy sweater and some kind of outrageous headpiece. When I finished the collection, it struck me that I had unwittingly captured 3 of Mad Men’s leading ladies in knitwear, so I named the pieces after them. The cable shift just screams Joan to me. All it needs is a vintage pen necklace, and Christina Hendricks could walk right onto set in Miss Holloway! The sweater was my interpretation of a piece that Megan Draper wears in Season 5, updated just a bit for today’s ladies. The bow, well…the bow is just for fun, but it’s definitely something I could see being worn to a fancy husband’s-work-event by Betty or any of the other girls on the show.

All in all, I had a great time putting this collection together and I hope that it inspires a few people to add a little 1960’s glamour into their wardrobes!

The collection consists of three designs: a sweater, a dress and a really fun accesory for your hair. Each of the designs have two options : The bow comes in 2 sizes, Megan’s Sweater can be lengthened into a mini, and Miss Holloway contains instructions for how to modify into a tee.

Miss Holloway by Sarah Wilson

Miss Holloway in Sock, in Ochre

 

Betty's Bow by Sarah Wilson

Betty’s Bow in Worsted, in Fucsia

 

Click the pictures to go to the individual patterns on Ravelry, or you can see the whole collection here. You can also browse all the MFPP patterns on our Ravelry page.

 

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What on earth is “MFPP”?

MFPP stands for Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Every month, we collaborate with an independent designer (or two) to bring you delightfully themed pattern collections! You can see past MFPP collections here or at the Ravelry link above!

– Verónica

Malabrigo Quickies: Hengpai by Sarah Grieve

The latest Quickie is Hengpai- a Drop Stitch Slouch by Sarah Grieve! Hengpai pairs a unique construction with a stylish silhouette for a wonderfully fashionable way to keep cozy.

 

 

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Sarah says:

As I was knitting Hengpai and Zongpai (coming soon), I was thinking about how both of the hats are very similar in their stitch pattern but yet a little different as one is knit vertically and one is knit horizontally.

In Chinese writing, one can write horizontally which is known as hengpai and one can write vertically which is known as zongpai. After reading about hengpai and zongpai, I knew my hats had their namesake.

Hengpai is knit sideways in stocking stitch using short rows to create the round shaping for the crown. Once all the short row sections are worked, the hat is cast off and the stitches are dropped to create the dropped stitch openwork pattern. Once the seam is sewn, stitches are then picked up and knit for the brim. I used a grafting technique to sew the seam for the back of the hat.

 

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Very cool. Those who know me know I love nothing more than a Merino Worsted hat, and if it’s slouchy, all the better! You can check out Hengpai on Ravelry, or have a look through past Quickies here.

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What are Malabrigo Quickies?

Quickies are small, fast projects which require only one or two skeins of yarn. Approximately every two weeks we’re teaming up with a talented independent designer to present an exciting new accessory (or other “small object”) pattern, showcasing one of our many yarns and colorways.

-Alex