Shearing time at the malabrigo Sheepfold

This entry was posted on 28th January, 2016 .

We have been working on this for a while and wanted to share it with you today, a video of our sheep flock! We hope this will be the first of others, but all in good time! :)

Malabrigo flock, La Serena, Uruguay. Malabrigo flock, La Serena, Uruguay.

As some of you know, we have our beloved sheep flock, who live on a ranch called La Serena, near our headquarters in Montevideo. In this video we show you around beautiful Piedras de Afilar and demonstrate the process by which we shear our sheep and harvest the beautiful fleece that becomes Malabrigo yarn. We strive to use sustainable and humane farming practices with our ranch and flock – a happy sheep makes the best wool!

We hope you enjoy it, as we enjoy and value sharing what is important to us with you!

Credits:

Line producer: malabrigo

Photography: Marcos Mezzottoni

Edited by: Marcos Mezzottoni

Texts: malabrigo

Music: Manuel Espasandin

Cameras: Joaquín González, Pancho Pastori y Marcos Mezzottoni

 

 

Malabrigo Quickie: Woodpile by Susan Villas Lewis

This entry was posted on 22nd January, 2016 .
I don't know about you, but I am COLD right now. Pretty much all the time, this time of year. So not only does an actual woodpile (and the fires it begets) sound good right now, but a yummy squooshy silky scarf? Yes please! Introducing Woodpile by Susan Villas Lewis:
Woodpile in Silky Merino, Queguay Woodpile in Silky Merino, Queguay
Susan says:
It’s time to start gathering the woodpile for winter, and this long wide scarf is perfect for keeping warm as you work. Bounded by large ribbed sections on the ends, the body features a textured stitch that resembles stacks of wood for winter fires. The simple texture makes it perfect for showing off variegated yarns.
What a great project for multicolored yarns! You can find Woodpile on Ravelry, or browse our past Quickies here! ~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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

Malabrigo Quickie: I Heart Earmuffs by Faye Kennington

This entry was posted on 7th January, 2016 .
I love a project that's both inventive and practical- not to mention cute! Introducing a design that is definitely all three: I Heart Earmuffs by Faye Kennington!
I Heart Earmuffs in Merino Worsted (Pink Frost) and Nube (Baya Electrica) I Heart Earmuffs in Merino Worsted (Periwinkle) and Nube (Baya Electrica). Photo by Zenith Lillie-Eakett.
This ultra-cozy pattern uses our unspun roving to make thrums, which are basically little tufty-fluffies that sit on the inside of the knit and make a lush, warm lining. And on the outside, they look like little hearts!
A knitter works the thrummed portion of the earmuff. Photo by Zenith Lillie-Eakett. A knitter works the thrummed portion of the earmuff. Photo by Zenith Lillie-Eakett.
  This quick project comes in several adjustable sizes and just might be the perfect gift for all your valentines! You can find I Heart Earmuffs on Ravelry here, or browse our past Quickies here! ~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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

Malabrigo Mini Collection from Welts & Waves by Adrienne Larsen

This entry was posted on 18th December, 2015 .
As the name of the book indicates, Welts and Waves by Adrienne Larsen, is an all about experimenting and playing with Welts, a technique that can achieve very interesting results. The pattern that most caught my attention is this gorgeous blanket. Sunburst is a very appropriate name, don't you think?
Sunburst blanket Sunburst Blanket, using Malabrigo Yarn Rios in Azul Profundo, Teal Feather, Glazed Carrot, Sunset and Ravelry Red
Adrienne takes you on a journey, where you can start out with something really simple, like a Marianas headband, to try out the technique, and then maybe move on to felted slippers, to see how welts behave when being felted.
Marianas Headband Marianas Headband by Adrienne Larsen
harlequin boots Harlequin Boots by Adrienne Larsen, using Malabrigo Yarn Worsted in Azul Bolita and Lettuce
The Mini Collection includes 6 designs using Malabrigo Yarn. It has a little of everything, for you to experiment and have fun with welts. (click on the images to go to the design page on Ravelry)
Marauder Marauder by Adrienne Larsen, using Malabrigo Yarn Rios in Sand Bank
Sail Away Sail Away by Adrienne Larsen, using Malabrigo Yarn Finito in Mares and Marte
Mission Style MIssion Style Cardigan, by Adrienne Larsen, using Malabrigo Yarn Rios in Pearl Ten and Ravelry Red
You can look at the whole collection and read more about it in Ravelry!  

Rose Jam Set by Amy van de Laar

This entry was posted on 18th December, 2015 .
Mmm, what could be lovelier than a rich, rich red winter accessory set? Introducing Rose Jam by Amy van de Laar!
Rose Jam set in Rios, in Ravelry Red Rose Jam set in Rios, in Ravelry Red
Amy says:
The Rose Jam hat and matching mitts are toasty, worsted-weight winter warmers featuring an all-over pattern of rose petals. I love the heart-shaped petals of some old fashioned roses, and they inspired a cable pattern of interlocking petals that is easy to knit without a cable needle. The name comes from rose petal jam, a sweet floral preserve that I think goes very well with scones and cream. You will need only one skein of Malabrigo Rios for either the hat or the mitts, or two skeins for the set. The patterns include full charts and written instructions, and a guide to knitting 1x1 cables without a cable needle.
Such a beautiful stitch pattern! You can find Rose Jam on Ravelry here , or browse our past Quickies here!
~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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

Malabrigo Quickie: Hafren by Barbara Lösche

This entry was posted on 8th December, 2015 .
Today we've got a snazzy lil short-row scarf, rife with texture and lace! Introducing Hafren by Barbara Lösche:
Hafren in Silky Merino, in Mares and Sabiduria Hafren in Silky Merino, in Mares and Sabiduria
Barbara says:
Hafren is a celtic name. It is said Hafren is the celtic version of “Sabrina”. Other sources state the nymph of the English river Severn is called Hafren. I am sure the nymph of the Severn would be happy to wear Hafren. The scarf combines her home. The blue lace pattern represents the river with its lighter and darker colour like the white crest of the waves. The violet structure pattern shows the shore coloured by the evening sun.
Very cool! You can find Hafren on Ravelry here, or browse our past Quickies here!
~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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

Malabrigo Quickies: Jennika Hat and Cowl by Jenn Emerson

This entry was posted on 2nd December, 2015 .
If you're looking for last-minute holiday gifts, we might have just the thing for you! Introducing the Jennika Hat and Cowl:
Jennika Hat and Cowl in Rios, in Ravelry Red Jennika Hat and Cowl in Rios, in Ravelry Red
The Jennika Hat and cowl are an all-over textured set, knit seamlessly from the bottoms up. The thick braided cables make a deliciously squishy fabric that will keep you warm on even the coldest days. The cowl features a slight A-line shape, while the hat is topped off with an optional pompom for a bit of fun. So pretty! Check out the Jennika Hat & Cowl on Ravelry here, or browse our past Quickies here!
~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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: Balade sous les ormes by Cailliau Berangere

This entry was posted on 1st December, 2015 .
couverture 4 OK Today's collection (the title of which translates roughly to "stroll under the elms") utilizes one of my favorite designing techniques - picking a stitch pattern or technique to play with and just exploring the heck out of it! In this case, the grain d'orme stitch. The results are stunning!
Jalava in Malabrigo Finito, in Paloma and Mostaza. Jalava in Finito, in Paloma and Mostaza.
Olmo in Rios, in Candombe Olmo in Rios, in Candombe
Lilo says:
I really like textured stitches and when I found the "grain d'orme" stitch, I wanted to include it in different knit projects. This collection "Balade sous les ormes" created in collaboration with Malabrigo yarns, includes a shawl, a sweater, a baby blanket (which can easily be enlarged), a cowl and a matching hat. I hope you will enjoy knitting items from this collection as much as I liked designing it.
Samare in Rios, in Azul Profundo Samare in Rios, in Azul Profundo
Lemos in Merino Worsted, in Pearl Lemos in Merino Worsted, in Pearl
What a lovely way to say goodbye to fall! Check out the full collection on Ravelry here. Or you can also browse all our past MFPPs here. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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: Circular Slope by Michael Dworjan

This entry was posted on 12th November, 2015 .
Hold onto your hats, because we're about to shake up the way you make, well...hats! Introducing Circular Slope by Michael Dworjan:
Circular Slope in Rios in Ivy Circular Slope in Rios in Ivy
Michael says:
Tired of knitting hats flat or in the round from the top down or bottom up? If so, try a new "slant" on the noble hat with the Circular Slope pattern. The hat is knit as a strip and then ribbing is picked up to join in the round. Bind off and then the fun starts! Seam up the slope and let your eye drive the fit. Want something more unique? Seam the hat together with more of a bump. Looking for something more streamlined? Follow the angle of the hat with your seam for a closer fit. Two sizes are provided - one for a stocking, tighter fit (perfect for men) and one for a slouchier look. A wonderful quick gift that will have your idea of hat knitting turned on it's side - literally!
Circular Slope in Rios in Jupiter Circular Slope in Rios in Jupiter
  Very cool, and the perfect antidote for the "I'm on my fifth holiday gift hat this year and I'm sick of 'em!" blues! Check out Circular Slope on Ravelry, or browse our past Quickies here!
~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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: A Study in Single by Ela Torrente

This entry was posted on 5th November, 2015 .
In case you hadn't noticed, we at Malabrigo LOVE single-ply yarns. There's something so simple and beautiful and soft about a woolly single. Ela Torrente agrees, and her new collection is all about the celebration of the Single!
Ancient Soul in Merino Worsted in Pale Khaki Ancient Soul in Merino Worsted in Pale Khaki
Urban Gipsy in Silky Merino, in Smoke Urban Gipsy in Silky Merino, in Smoke
Ela says:
"A Study in Single" is a trip through single ply yarns. I always had a special affection for single ply. In this collection, I tried to find the perfect texture for each yarn. I mixed cable, twist and lace patterns to highlight the unique color shades and the gorgeous fabric softness.
Mina in Merino Worsted in Pale Khaki Mina in Merino Worsted in Pale Khaki
Ultraviolet in Rastita, in Sabiduria Ultraviolet in Rastita, in Sabiduria
Origami in Lace, in Fucsia Origami in Lace, in Fucsia
Ballerina in a singles yarn spun from Nube, in Natural color. Ballerina in a singles yarn spun from Nube, in Natural color.
Beautiful work! You can check out the whole Study in Single on Ravelry, here! Or you can also browse all our past MFPPs here. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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 Quickie: Perfect Pitch Scarf by Knitwise Design

This entry was posted on 27th October, 2015 .
Today's Quickie is soft, cheery, and rather innovative! Introducing the Perfect Pitch Scarf by Knitwise Design.
Pitch Perfect Scarf in Silky Merino, in Ankara Green Perfect Pitch Scarf in Silky Merino, in Ankara Green
Linda says:
This clever design allows you to fine- tune your scarf so it’s perfect every time! Each time you wear it you can change the look by adjusting the relative lengths of the loop and tail. So many different ways to wear this design! The knitting is easy, but keeps you interested with integrated i-cord edges that merge for a seamless and tidy point. Classy enough for the office or the symphony!
So clever! You can find Perfect Pitch on Ravelry, or browse our past Quickies here!
~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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

Malabrigo Book Nine: Niños!

This entry was posted on 27th October, 2015 .
Ninos_-1 We are thrilled to introduce our first book of children’s garments and accessories! Ranging in sizes from toddler to ‘tween, Niños contains 19 colorful patterns by 9 fantastic designers, including Alicia Plummer, Justine Turner, Sara Gresbach, Terri Kruse, Elena Nodel, Kelly Herdrich, and Raya Budrevich, Joji Locatelli, and Rebecca Danger. With a focus on our superwash yarns, kids will love the fun designs and no-itch wools, and parents will love the easy washability! Here are just a few peeks: _AFC3934_medium _AFC4041_medium2 _AFC4094_medium2 _AFC3925_medium2 _AFC3728_medium2 You can check out all the patterns over on Ravelry. The book is available to retailers now- inquire at your local Malabrigo stockist!

MFPP: As Autumn Falls by Amanda Collins

This entry was posted on 23rd October, 2015 .
This collection by designer Amanda Collins so perfectly captures the colors that are surrounding me right now, in this unusually-warm Michigan October (even though she's experiencing autumn an ocean away!) What better way to wrap up the month than this gorgeously autumnal array!
Baile in Rios, in Sunset Baile in Rios, in Sunset
Bulgarwheat in Silky Merino in Sand Bulgarwheat in Silky Merino in Sand
Amanda says:
As Autumn Falls is a four piece collection knitted in beautiful Malabrigo yarn. Inspired by the changing colours Autumn brings, each piece is intended to resemble different aspects of the season. The collection comprises a cardigan, shawl and two hats, each in a different weight of yarn.
Emmer in FInito, in Coffee Toffee Emmer in FInito, in Coffee Toffee
SlipThatch in Worsted, in Rattan SlipThatch in Worsted, in Rattan
You can check out the whole collection on Ravelry, here! Or you can also browse all our past MFPPs here.
Yum! Yum!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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: Days of the Week by Elena Nodel

This entry was posted on 19th October, 2015 .
What a treat we have for you today! A big ole ebook of gorgeous autumn designs in a wide range of techniques and sizes, from the talented Elena Nodel! Introducing Days of the Week (I encourage you to click through to the Ravelry page, because each one has several gorgeous samples!) unnamed
Busy Monday in Arroyo, in Borrajas and English Rose Busy Monday in Arroyo, in Borrajas and English Rose
Tuesday Glam in Rastita, in Cereza (there's also a Silky Merino version!) Tuesday Glam in Rastita, in Cereza (there's also a Silky Merino version!)
Casual Wednesday in Rios, Lettuce Casual Wednesday in Rios, Lettuce
Elena says:
Almost a year ago Alex Tinsley and I talked about an ebook project using Malabrigo yarns. It was a very exciting prospect for me. Not only do I like knitting with Malabrigo yarns, but I also like designing with Malabrigo yarns as they bring out that extra creativity in me. The beautiful range of colors and the uniqueness of each dye lot all add to the creative process. It was not very hard for me to create a theme for the ebook. I wanted to create unique pieces that are in tune with current fashion, something that I would myself wear every day, something I cannot buy at the store. Thus the idea of “Days of the Week” ebook comes to mind, as in 7 days of the week, unique knitwear for each day. Assigning designs for each day of the week was not a random process for me. Each design and day had a special meaning. Though I must say what gives me a “Thursday” vibe might say “Saturday” for you, or the other way around. I hope you will find this collection exciting and will associate each design with your favorite day of the week, just as I did. Monday – it is all about efficiency. Tuesday – it has to be glamorous. Wednesday – it is all about being casual. Thursday – there has to be at least one special day. Friday – it is all about excitement. Saturday – it is all about relaxation and comfort. Sunday – it is a family/friends day. “Days of the Week” collection offers a good mix of practical accessories and modern garments as well as the possibility of working with and mixing together your favorite Malabrigo colors. The collection has something for everyone, be it a beginner knitter or a very seasoned one. I hope you will enjoy your warm and cozy garments this fall/winter. I know I will! Please join me in my Ravelry group for our “Days of the Week” knit-a-long.
Thursday Special in Rios, in Lotus Thursday Special in Rios, in Lotus
And on a Friday, in Rios Sandbank, Lettuce, and Lavanda And on Friday, in Rios Sandbank, Lettuce, and Lavanda
Cozy Saturday in Rios, shown in English Rose and Jupiter Cozy Saturday in Rios, shown in English Rose and Jupiter
Sunday Stroll in Rios, in Candombe, Plomo, and Black Sunday Stroll in Rios, in Candombe, Plomo, and Black
Absolutely Fabulous, in Silky Merino in Blackberry (for any day of the week!) Absolutely Fabulous, in Silky Merino in Blackberry (for any day of the week!)
What an beautifully cozy week! You can see the full collection on Ravelry here Or you can also browse all our past MFPPs here! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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 Quickie: Crosstown Traffic by Karie Westermann

This entry was posted on 13th October, 2015 .
Today's Quickie is sure to add a little zip to the dreary winter days ahead! Introducing Crosstown Traffic by Karie Westermann:
Crosstown Traffic in Twist, in Zinc and Plena Crosstown Traffic in Twist, in Zinc and Plena
Karie says:
Named for an iconic Jimi Hendrix track, this design oozes urban chic. The asymmetrical cowl is worked in garter-stitch with stripes and an easy slip-stitch pattern. Designed to showcase wildly variegated colourways of Malabrigo Twist on a background of semi-solid, the cowl has an urban, relaxed feel. The cowl is worked flat in garter stitch and a slip stitch pattern with icord edging. Only one colour is worked at any given time with the variegated section lending a pop of colour and tying the look together.
Very cool! You can check out Crosstown Traffic on Ravelry, or browse our past Quickies here!
~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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