Jump into Malabrigo March

This entry was posted on 6th March, 2018 by Barbara .

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.

Raveler lisknits's Latvian Team Hat Jayhawk Stylein worsted

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!

Raveler Melibe's Experimental Hat in Rios

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!

Raveler JWiesel's Mal March Warm Weave Cowl in Worsted

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

Popular on Instagram for February, 2018

This entry was posted on 5th March, 2018 by vero .

Are you ready for the most popular posts on malabrigo's Instagram feed for February, 2018?

Lets check them out.

Skein of malabrigo Arroyo in Arco Iris. Posted to Instagram by  @stitches_by_tessa_wren

Camella by Katrin Schubert, knitted by meluvknitting using
malabrigo Rios in in Black and Solis.

The Spiral Flow Beanie by Cathryn Johnson, knitted by hooked435 using malabrigo Rasta in Piedras.

The Perfect Wave Shawl by Ingrid Bloss, knitted by luclucet using
malabrigo Mechita in Lotus.

Heart Mittens by Ewelina Murach, knitted using malabrigo Rios in Frank Ochre.

What do you think? Don't forget that you can have your voice heard too, by liking your favourite posts on our feed :)

See you next month!
 

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We really enjoy showcasing the work knitters do with our yarns, and have dedicated most of our presence online to do so. Obviously one of the reasons is it's the best way to show our product, for others to see how it looks when worked up in different patterns, but we also think it's important to put a big spotlight on the knitters out there that do a wonderful job.

It's in this spirit that we would like to leave in the blog the 5 projects that you liked best from our Instagram account, as a sort of snapshot of the month.

Malabrigo Quickie: Trefoils Pour Toi Shawl

This entry was posted on 20th February, 2018 by Barbara .

For our February Quickie we are pleased to introduce the Trefoils Pour Moi Shawl.

This amazing crochet shawl pattern is from designer Denise Voie de Vie. When Denise proposed her idea to us I couldn't say yes quickly enough. The idea of a delicate lace shawl combining both Lace and Silkpaca? How is that for luxury? Both of these lace yarns are amazing to crochet with and her choice to combine a variegated with a solid is just brilliant!

You can see in this detail shot how Pink Frost on Silkpaca plays off perfectly agains the Arco Iris on Lace. And I can just imagine how so very silky soft this piece is. 

We asked Denise to write a few thoughts about her new design:

Inspiration can come from most anywhere, and in this instance it started at the edging. I was (and still am) in a trefoil phase - it was the subject of a few small personal paintings and other mixed media. The exploration of the symbol led me to swatch the edging stitch pattern fairly quickly. The rest of the shawl basically fell into place as a vehicle for the trefoil-ish edging. Sometimes, that's just how it goes. 
 
These two bases work incredibly well together and produced a shawl that is light and airy. Not only will it travel well and be a great warm weather accessory, but these two fibers blocked like a dream. 
 
Use as much or as little of that as you'd like. For your info (and if you find it helpful), my finished measurements: approx. 70" x 23" (at widest point).
 
Then we asked if she could suggest some other color combinations that she thought would work well together and she was more than happy to oblige!
Sabiduria on Lace/Frank Ochre on Silkpaca 
No me olvides on Lace/Lettuce on Silkpaca
Cereza on Lace/Glazed Carrot on Silkpaca
 
Additionally, two light, neutral colorways together could make an incredible wedding shawl, like a combo in either of the bases of pollen, pearl and/or natural. I could go on for a while here, but I won't. :)
 
We cannot wait to see what two colors you choose to crochet up in this pattern!

Popular on Instagram for January, 2018

This entry was posted on 10th February, 2018 by vero .

Are you ready for the most popular posts on malabrigo's Instagram feed for January 2018?

Lets check them out.

Bramble Birds by Sara Huntington Burch, using malabrigo Mechita in in Sand Bank and Teal Feather.

Picture posted to Instagram by @corriekingsley, showing a WIP of the Toph Hat by Woolly Wormhead using Silky Merino in Topaz and Arco Iris.

Vintersol by Jennifer Steingass,, knitted by JaneMaeWren using
malabrigo Rios in Frank Ochre, Paris Night and other yarn in Natural.

Zweig by Caitlin Hunter, knitted by @tetsu_ryu using
malabrigo Sock in Persia and Chocolate Amargo.

Strappy Stella Gloves by Monica Leigh Arce, knitted by Manosdaily using malabrigo Worsted in Frost Gray 

2 Hour Smocked Toque by Faye Kennington, knitted by @little_noodlewebs using malabrigo Rasta in Arco Iris, Diana and Boreal.

What do you think? Don't forget that you can have your voice heard too, by liking your favourite posts on our feed :)

See you next month!
 

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We really enjoy showcasing the work knitters do with our yarns, and have dedicated most of our presence online to do so. Obviously one of the reasons is it's the best way to show our product, for others to see how it looks when worked up in different patterns, but we also think it's important to put a big spotlight on the knitters out there that do a wonderful job.

It's in this spirit that we would like to leave in the blog the 5 projects that you liked best from our Instagram account, as a sort of snapshot of the month.

Malabrigo Quickie: Celtic Flame Dragon Cowl

This entry was posted on 29th January, 2018 by Barbara .
Designer Tania Richter is known for her amazing pieces that use double knitting to produce colorwork. When we gave her two skeins of Arroyo she created a work of art and wrote up the pattern so that you could too!
 
 
She chose to use the colors Flamma and Black to create this beautifully intricate and swooping depiction of a dragon that will encircle your neck and keep you toasty warm!
And with double knitting you get the amazing advantage of your cowl being completely reversible and having a completely different look on the reverse. Whether you want a black dragon on a bed of fire or a fire dragon rising from the darkness - this cowl has you covered.
 
Of course, you would like to hear directly from the designer:
 
What’s warmer than a dragon wrapped around your neck? Only a dragon made from flame-colored wool! Inspired by the shifting flame-like colors of Malabrigo’s Flamma colorway, I had to make a dragon that showed off those fiery colors to the best of their capabilities. The Celtic motif features a Celtic double spiral on the dragon's wing while the dragon's tail twines around its body.
We also asked Tania to suggest other color combinations and she suggested the following:
Reflecting Pool and Prussia Blue
 
Vaa and Natural
 
Volcan and Sandbank
 
We can't wait to see all of the new Dragons that pop up from this pattern. What colors of Arroyo would you use?

Popular on Instagram for December 2017

This entry was posted on 9th January, 2018 by vero .

And a new year has started!! We're already some days into 2018. How's it been so far for you?

Lets check out what happened in December on Instagram, shall we? 

The most popular posts on malabrigo's Instagram newsfeed for December, 2017, were:

Picture posted to Instagram by @_whirlsandpurls, showing a WIP using malabrigo Rasta in Piedras.

Aurora Borealis Hat by Svetlana Gordon, using malabrigo Mechita in Teal Feather, Aniversario and Diana.

Astrid by Karie Westermann, knitted by tessagreenwood, using malabrigo Arroyo in Natural, Sand Bank and Borrajas.

Picture posted to Instagram by @somnis_de_llana, showing skeins of malabrigo Sock in various colourways.

Manning Park Mittens by Black Crow Knits, knitted by SSKVancouver, using malabrigo Rios in Natural and Plomo.

What do you think?
We really can't wait to see what you guys have in store for us for 2018 !!! We hope you have a very crafty year! See you again next month!

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We really enjoy showcasing the work knitters do with our yarns, and have dedicated most of our presence online to do so. Obviously one of the reasons is it's the best way to show our product, for others to see how it looks when worked up in different patterns, but we also think it's important to put a big spotlight on the knitters out there that do a wonderful job.

It's in this spirit that we would like to leave in the blog the 5 projects that you liked best from our Instagram account, as a sort of snapshot of the month.