Jump into Malabrigo March
What is Malabrigo March?
March Means Malabrigo Madness! Seriously… madness. The crazy members of our Ravelry group, The Malabrigo Junkies, get together every March to participate in this mad event which is ALL ABOUT Malabrigo’s yarns. We are junkies and we’re not afraid to celebrate our addiction. We cast on all the things and have light competition to see who can do it all… it’s about the group’s love for the yarns that the Malabrigo company has produced.
There’s a backstory though: Ages ago, the Ravelry page dedicated to all the yarns which have been added to their database used to have a “Top Ten” list which essentially showed the top yarns based on projects which used them. We junkies desperately wanted to get Malabrigo Worsted on that list and our original moderators cooked up the idea to have a month-long event to see if we could do it. It worked too! I think we managed to get Worsted into the top three!
What has evolved is a party of sorts, where we still try to cast on as many projects as possible, we sometimes focus on a particular base (usually whatever is most recently released) and sometimes try to spread the love around ALL the bases. We create a list of “alongs” (knit, crochet, weaving, spinning – this year’s set includes some designer-specific, as well as pattern-specific ones) and everyone finds a place to hangout and chat about what they are doing. We swatch before hand to see what works…we create contests to challenge ourselves (what’s the best use of variegated, who can make something for every body-part in one month? Can you design and produce a new pattern in a month? etc.) we make lists of all the things we would like to cast on in March (and then sometimes April becomes the WIP after-party of finishing!) and we cheerlead each other as we go!
We love meeting (and making) new Malabrigo junkies and welcome all who want to come play with us! It’s never too late to join!
Details: Malabrigo March started on March 1 but you have plenty of time to jump in! You can cast on as many projects as you would like between now and March 31 at 11:59pm. Participation and prizes (generously donated by the Malabrigo Company) are for members only, so don’t delay… join today! :D
Can you believe it's almost September? Isn't that crazy? This year is going by so fast !
In case you hadn't notice, we have a new section on our website, the Calendar, where we put up the events we will be participating in, like trunk shows, fiber festivals, etc..
Some fun things are happening in September that we wanted to tell you about.
You will be able to try out different yarns and notions, and taste some good wine. Please, plan ahead and bring a designated driver! You can read more about this event here.
We currently have four trunk shows touring the country: there are three large shows that feature pieces from our most recent books, including books 10 & 11 alongside select classics from earlier books. There is also a mini-trunk show, a smaller version of the larger shows, to give you a tantalizing taste of malabrigo!
These are the trunk shows dates and locations for September:
Trunk Show 1: September 15, 2017 Yarn Charm
Trunk Show 2: September 15, 2017 Woolly and Co, MI
Trunk Show 3: September 15, 2017 Ben Franklin Crafts WI
We’d love to make your LYS our next stop. If you’re interested in scheduling a show, please email us at email@example.com.
Escuela Nº50 de Durazno
A while ago, ANEP, the National Association of Elementary School, invited us to participate in a special event that was going to be held at Escuela Nº50 in Durazno.
In Uruguay each public school has a number, as well as a name. This school is located in the department of Durazno, which is in the very center of our country.
The project consisted of a group of artisans called Artesanas Las Abejitas teaching the children how to weave, using our yarns.
What a wonderful opportunity to be a small part in introducing the children to this ancient technique, thus keeping traditions alive. Thank you for letting us be a small part of this project.
Visit to Escuela Roosevelt
As we told you in a previous post, on June 10th people gathered together to knit accesories for the children of Escuela Roosevelt. This school provides complete care for children and youth with motor disabilities and associated disorders. They do an amazing job, and you can read more about it on their website.
On June 21th we went to visit the school, representing all the people who had gathered together to knit an accesory for them. In total they knit 159 hats and cowls! Isn't it amazing what people can do when they get together and work as a team?
The children were waiting for us with their music teacher and sang two beautiful songs for us. We were even invited to join the singing, which of course we did!
Then it was time for the best part, for each child to choose something from the bags.
Each knitted accesory had attached a note from the person who had knit it, dedicated to the child who would receive it.
So much love was put into these accesories and we feel very honoured to be the ones that got to deliver it to them, representing all the people that join together to knit for them. We can't wait for the next time we get to do something like this again! Thank you to everyone who participated.
Photos by Lucía Silva
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.
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.
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.
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 Giveaway Winners !
Here are the winners of our Mechita test skeins!
Congratulations! Thank you so much to all who participated.
Thank you all so much for participating in our giveaway. We loved reading all your comments and good words about our brand and products.
The contest is closed and here are all the names of participants.
Please check your assigned number and if your Instagram name is written correctly.
If you find any mistake or names that apprear more than once, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org before Sunday 13th at 12pm.
Lambing time at La Serena
Movida Hispana. (In Spanish)
Winner of Stitch Seekers Giveaway
It's contest time!
Malabrigo Book 5- In Soho
Cruise the Caribbean with Malabrigo!
Next spring, Malabrigo and Friends & Fiberworks will be setting sail for yarn-venture and we want you on our crew! Don’t worry, there won’t be any decks to swab or sails to hoist- just sun, sea, and Silky Merino. (Or... is it fun, friends, and Finito? Tans, treasure hunts, and Twist, maybe? We can hardly keep all the impending awesomeness straight, but we know it’s going to be great!)here, and take a peek at the available classes at the Friends & Fiberworks website.) Prices start at $1069! For more information or to reserve your spot, contact Hargarther, Thaler and Associates at (904) 280-1992/ (800) 258-8732 ext 2, email email@example.com, or visit www.cruisinglady.com.
Winner of the giveaway!
We had 403 entries to the contest! Thank you everyone for participating!
Marilyn, we will be writing to you to get your mailing info.
Introducing Book 4
"I toured around with Marcos and his family (Marcos is Tobias' twin brother.) I ate tortas fritas, which are like large tortilla-donuts covered in powdered sugar (a Uruguayan funnel cake of sorts). I was very enchanted with the idea of this market, and decided to make it the theme for the next book."
"Once you put something into designer's hands, they develop it to their tastes, so we came out with a book that has delicate colorwork, lace touches -- these were probably mostly based on the inlaid box images and really ornate button pictures I sent. I picked those objects because I saw a lot of art deco pieces while I was in Uruguay. There is a very wide variety of architecture there. Later, because of these touches, the book sort of morphed into more of a 'architecture of Uruguay' feeling -- we went all over the city and took pictures in front of architectural structures that represented different eras of Uruguay's past. The best part about this is that Antonio is an architect, and much of Tobias' and Marcos' family history is in architecture, so it hit close to home for them -- it really represents what they did before yarn."
Stockpile Planning with the Malabrigo Junkies
High School Club Thank-You
From their teacher:
I just wanted to tell you that we received the wonderful box of yarns you sent and that they are absolutely beautiful. I cannot tell you how much we appreciate them and I can guarantee that some beautiful items will be made from them that will be donated to a very good cause.
I have attached a photo with a big 'Thank You' from my students in the club, and we will be writing you also.
I appreciate all of your help,
Jeanette (Antioch High School)
We are really honored to have participated in this project as well!
Malabrigo March Winners Announced!
Most Creative Picture went to beforesunrise, who's knitted creature from the Monster KAL couldn't get enough of Dos samples:StitchMimi took first place in the Best Duet contest, where the challenge was to combine Malabrigo with another, non-Malabrigo yarn -- everyone adored her Duet Pinwheel sweater: Show Your Devotion was won this year with a really cool photography entry by Eklectika: The Most Interesting Project this year was a Mooring ring cozy, knit and placed by lykkefanten. The Design Contest had two winners: one each in the Novice and Experienced Category. Ninja8Tofu won with her Momo sweater in the Experienced category, and the Novice winner this year was Savvygirlmelanie, with her Squeaky Mittens: There were also winners of a Banner and Badge Design contest, several random drawings and 'crowd favorites' pulled from the Design Contest! Make sure that you head over to the Malabrigo Junkies group to see what all the buzz is about!
Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project - April
Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project 2011
I wanted to finally share with you the lineup for our MFPP pattern e-book series. These can be purchased via their original designers on Ravelry, and are linked as they come up on our Patterns page here on the site. As these are released they will each have a feature post on the blog -- I just wanted to let you know what to look forward to!January: Nina Machlin Dayton; The Best of Times: A Dickensian Winter Collection March: Elizabeth Elliott April: Kristen Hanley Cordozo May: Tori Gurbisz June: Kristi Holaas July: Amy Duncan August: Jennifer Dassau September: Mary Catherine Black October: Nichole Reese November: Heidi Kirrmaier December: Veera Valimaki BONUS: Breean Miller All MFPP
Malabrigo March in Full Swing
Book 3 - Online Preview
Sock Contest Winners!
First Prize Winner -- Sea Wreaths by Sarah GriffithsSarah Griffith's Sea Wreaths includes not only one, but two patterns -- inspired by a poem about mermaids by T.S. Eliot, in combination with one of our favorite colorways, Indiecita. The hat and fingerless mittens set are both adorned with a mix of interesting basketweave and cable patterns, broken up with stockinette. We chose Sarah's pattern not only because it was beautiful and well-written, but also because of how easily it highlights and works with one of our complicated, multi-color colorways. Since colorways like Indiecita, Archangel, Primavera and Candombe are some of our most popular, we felt that Sarah's pattern was a wonderful addition to any knitter's pattern library. It provides enough complexity for an advanced knitter to find it enjoyable, but is not outside the reaches of an ambitious beginner. Congratulations, Sarah -- thank you for submitting such a lovely pattern to our contest!
Sarah wins a full bag of any available Malabrigo Yarn, as well as a bag of Malabrigo Dos (an unreleased test yarn) in a colorway of the factory's choosing. A few paper copies of her pattern will also be given away at a future Stitches Event with test skeins of Malabrigo Yarn, and be linked on the Patterns section of our website.
Second Prize Winner -- Heart of the Mesa by Grace Schnebly
Grace's Hear of the Mesa was an easy choice for a finalist pattern. The mittens themselves are stunning -- the incredible contrast of an excellent color choice, the clear photographs and interesting geometric pattern -- all these contribute to a real 'wow' factor for a simple colorwork mitten. Grace's inspiration comes from the woven designs of the Navajo, and pteroglyphs of the Anasazi Native American tribes.
In addition to being pretty on the outside, the pattern is clear, beautifully laid out, and well-written. It would be an excellent choice for someone starting to feel confident in colorwork, and in our buttery-soft Sock, as pleasurable to wear as they are to look at and knit. Grace's conversational tone creates a pattern that is easy to follow and understand.
Grace wins a full bag of any available Malabrigo Yarn of her choosing, in any colorway. Her pattern will be featured here on the blog and also linked on the Patterns section of our website.
Third Prize Winner -- Damask by Kitman Figueroa
Kitman's pattern Damask might look complicated, but the designer assures us that this lovely, lacy shawl is not as difficult as we might think. After looking over the pattern, which comes complete with written instructions, charts, and step-by-step instruction, even the most timid lace knitter (namely, me) would be willing to attempt this.
Of course, the beading and structure of the actual shawl would be enough to tempt anyone into knitting it -- in Malabrigo Sock, you would be creating something really wonderful to wrap around your neck! We especially loved the beautiful edging, and it's obvious that Kitman really cares about the quality of her patterns, making her an easy choice for a finalist designer in our contest!
Kitman wins a mixed bag of skeins direct from the factory, hand-picked by Antonio. They could be test yarns, test colors, or single skeins of well-known favorites. Her pattern will also be linked in the Patterns section of our website.
We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who entered our contest -- there were so many quality submissions, and you can see many of them on our Facebook page!
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