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
World Wide Knitting in Public Day at ExpoLana
As we told you in our previous post, on Saturday June 10th, we celebrated the "World Wide Knitting in Public Day" (here)
We kicked things off at 2:00 pm at ExpoLana, and spent the afternoon knitting for the Roosevelt School and sharing one of our passions, yarn. In the pictures you can see Catherine Sochara, a very knowledgeable scientist and teacher from The Uruguayan Secretary of Wool (El Secretariado Uruguayo de la Lana SUL) who inaugurated ExpoLana by talking about the wonderful properties of wool.
We gathered around the fair, some of us enjoying the sunny day, others choosing the heat of the stoves inside a big tent or inside the yarn festival. It was a nice afternoon accompanied by coffee, mate (a popular hot drink), friends and delicious cakes and sweets that the knitters had brought to share with others.
Here you can see some photos of this beautiful day:
Iván Meresman played his violin, as he did two years ago (here). It was truly magical and very special, thank you!
Although the knit in public day event was expected to end at 6:00 pm, many of us stayed much longer and we continued knitting.
Pics: malabrigo and Escuela Roosevelt
We want to thank everyone who helped us making this day a success. The number of knitted garments exceeded our expectations and they will be delivered to the school during this week.
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In memoriam of Elena Nodel.
Stylish Lines by Elena Nodel, from Book 9 - Niños, using malabrigo Rios in Purpuras and Archangel
With this post we would like to honor the memory of Elena Nodel, also known as Anadiomena.
She was a wonderful and loved member of the knitting community and an amazing designer. She will always be with us each time each of us choose to knit a stitch to create something out of one of her patterns.
Valanar Hat by Elena Nodel, using malabrigo Rios in Coco
Elena, we will miss you.
World Wide Knitting in Public Day 2017
For the third consecutive year, we will be participating in the World Wide Knitting in Public Day.
This year will be a little different since our celebration will take place in Expolana (See more here: http://bit.ly/2siHOI3) and we will have a booth at the yarn festival too.
Here you can read the english version of the event communication text:
“El día Mundial del Tejido en Público, also known as World Wide Knitting in Public Day, is the world's largest knitting event and takes place every year in the month of June.
Born in Australia in 2005, this event was dreamed up by designer, knitter, and researcher Danielle Landes. It began as a gathering of knitters coming together to have fun, learn, and spread awareness of their chosen art form.
Our celebration will take place in Montevideo on Saturday, June 10th from 2:00 to 6:00 pm in Expolana (http://expolana.uy/) . Men and Women of all ages will meet, armed with their needles and hooks, to spend a nice afternoon doing what we love most, knitting!
As with every year, this day will have a significant cooperatively and charitable element since all knitted garments will be donated to Roosevelt School (http://www.escuelaroosevelt.org.uy/)
Everyone is welcome! Knitters, crocheters and yarn lovers should all come and join us. If someone wants to learn, we will gladly teach the basic techniques you need to get started in this world!
There is no charge for this event and you don’t even need to bring yarn, because it is being donated by malabrigo (http://www.malabrigoyarn.com). Simply bring yourself and needles sized between 6mm and 10mm. If you do not have them, loaner needles will be available from the popular craft store Las Labores (https://www.facebook.com/LASLABORESMERCERIA).
To complete the day of togetherness, we propose you to bring something delicious to share!”
Are you in Montevideo or near? If so, please join us! We would love to meet you there.
ExpoLana Uruguay - malabrigo
You're probably familiar to many fiber festivals that are held all around the world, for vendors to display and sell their products. Despite Uruguay being one of the biggest exporters of wool in the world, together with Argentina, South Africa, England and Australia, we have never had our own fiber festival. Until this year.
This year, the first edition of ExpoLana Uruguay will be held in Montevideo, Uruguay, and we are so happy to be able to be their sponsor.
It will be held on June 10th and 11th, celebrating World Wide Knit in Public Day, and it will be all about showcasing what is being done with wool in our country. malabrigo will have its own booth showing our yarns and samples.
There will also be workshops to learn different techniques, like felt, weaving, design with circular needles, dyeing with natural dyes, spindle spinning, etc.
And then, because the knitting community is about the most generous community ever, there will be a day of knitting for others, like we have been doing for the last three years. But we'll talk more about that in another post.
This is all really exciting for the fiber community in Uruguay, and we can't wait for it to be June 10th already to be able to enjoy all the exciting things that are being done with wool in our country.
More information here: http://expolana.uy/
Will My Skeins Match?
What exactly is a dye lot? In conventional yarn dying the fiber is frequently dyed before it is even spun and they designate the large batch of fiber that they are dying with a number, the lot number. That specific color can vary from lot to lot so it is recommended that if you want your yarn to match perfectly you purchase skeins from the same lot number.
At malabrigo we hand dye the spun yarn in smaller batches and because of this colors may vary from skein to skein, even within the same dye lot. This characteristic increases in variegated colors and there are specific colorways that do not have a dye lot at all.
For these highly variegated yarns the absorption of the dye can vary even within the same batch so the idea of dye lot doesn't apply. Each skein is has its own unique beauty and to create a multi-skein project the knitter will need to just choose the skeins that are the most similar and alternate skeins while knitting to blend the colors together.
We have put together the following list of no dye lot colors:
|Archangel||Baya Electrica||Laguna Negra|
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.
Fashion show at Vogue Knitting Live, Minneapolis
Last Saturday, November 5th malabrigo took over the Vogue Knitting Live runway in Minneapolis. We had the opportunity to show you designs from some of our books, specially our most recent one, malabrigo Book 10 – Rios, and also designs by Steven Be and Scott Rohr. For anyone who couldn’t enjoy the fashion show live with us, we made a little video, showing some highlights.
We also presented garments from our upcoming malabrigo Book 11 – Aniversario. This book will be based on designs featuring our new colourway Aniversario, created to celebrate our 10th anniversary.
To read more about the patterns presented at the Fashion Show, please click on the following image, which is for the brochure we gave away at the door.
The fashion show was a success and we had a blast! We hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into it, too