A little bit from home

This entry was posted on 18th October, 2017 by vero .

We would like to invite you into our home, to get to know us a little better.

For 11 years now you have known and worked with our products, which are well received all over the world. We don't have the words to express how thankful we are for that.

We wanted to give you a little inside look at where those products are created and what inspires them. We have been thinking about how to do that for a while, and finally it's here, a small glimse into our home, and our surroundings. We hope you enjoy it!

Credits:

Director: Sofía Córdoba

Director of PhotographyNacho Elola

Executive Producer: Marta León Barreto / Vasco Elola

Writer: Vasco Elola

Producer: Ana Mieres

Producer Asst.: María Elola

Editor: José Vitarella

Post: Nacho Benedetti

Color post: Nacho Elola

Gaffer: Germán Couto

Archive: Ricardo Aguerre

Music Composer: Manuel Espasandin

Malabrigo Quickie for October

This entry was posted on 18th October, 2017 by Barbara .

October has brought us a super fun and fast Quickie from the designer Talitha Kuomi. Using only one beautiful skein of Mecha you can knit up reflektor in no time!

Talitha worked up two different versions of her new scarf, one in Mostaza (yellow) and the other in Paysandu (purple/pink). A little bit of shaping goes a long way to create points at each end and an intriguing point in the middle that takes this from a simple scarf to a fashion accessory statement.

There are two options, one involves you raiding your local jewelry making stash for clip on bits and bobbles to decorate the scarf.

Or if fringe is more your style, instructions are included on how to add just the right amount!

Hop over to Ravelry and then pick out your favorite color of Mecha and you could have this stylish new scarf before you know it! 

Popular on Instagram for September 2017

This entry was posted on 3rd October, 2017 by vero .

I just know i'm going to keep saying this until the end of the year or kingdom come, but can you believe it's October already?! Are you prepping up for Halloween?

This month there is a great variety on the top 5! From sweaters to handspun, so enjoy!

 

agatitams Malabrigo Herringbone Cowl

Big Herringbone Cowl by Purl Soho, knitted by agatitam, using malabrigo Rios in Lavanda.

 

Kells by Lucy Hague

Kells by Lucy Hague, using malabrigo Arroyo in Reflecting Pool, Regatta Blue and Glitter.

 

Jayare83's Range

Range by Andrea Mowry, knitted by Jayare83, using malabrigo Rios in Natural, Teal Feather, Glitter and Sunset.

 

nitochki_v_korzinochke

Picture posted to Instagram by @nitochki_v_korzinochke, showing skeins of malabrigo Rios in Arco Iris.

 

Hitchhikergals Malabrigo Nubemalabrigo Nube in Pocion handspun by Hitchhikergal

What do you think? 

See you next month to see what October has for us!

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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 Quickies are Back Again!

This entry was posted on 22nd September, 2017 by Barbara .

That's right, Quickies are back! We are very excited to present the first of many new patterns designed by independent designers to highlight one or two skeins of lucious Malabrigo yarn. In the works are plans for at least one new pattern a month. The patterns will vary in what base they use and complexity level, small doesn't necessarily mean easy, but don't worry - there is sure to be something for every level of knitter.

To kick things off we are pleased to present a new pattern from Heather Zoppetti. Meet her new lace scarf Maglia.

When asked to give us a few thoughts about the pattern Heather had this to say:

This pattern was inspired by empty winter trellises awiting spring blooms. The mesh pattern in created in garter stitch and is completely reversible.


A simple pattern to memorize, this scarf is a fun and fast knit that looks great in variegated sock yarn. Once you make one, you won’t be able to stop!

Maglia features one skein of Malabrigo Sock in the color Rayon Vert. Of course, it is so hard to narrow down color choices so we asked Heather if she had other colors she thought would play well with this pattern. She suggested Fresco y Seco, Abril, and Light of Love. Following up with the statement "Pretty much any of the variegated colors will look awesome."

Which brings up a good point. We have heard your feedback and know that you want more patterns that compliment our highly variegated yarns so you can look forward to many more Quickies that do so.

Hopefully this beautiful scarf has inspired you to pick up your needles, a special skein of Sock, and get knitting. Make sure to click through to the Ravelry page and check out all of the other photos. Heather has styled this super long scarf in a variety of interesting ways that are sure to inspire you.

 

 

Treillage Cowl by Jennifer Emslie

This entry was posted on 8th September, 2017 by Kristel .

 

Here you can see a new pattern that we have recently prepared for a brochure.

 

Treillage cowl is a quick proyect to knit in your first steps or to create a beautiful last minute gift. 

As winter is coming, it's time to prepare and knit our garments and accesories for the season. 

Perfect as a complement of a casual and trendy look. 

This sample was knitted in Teal Feather colorway, but you can try it in any of the malabrigo rasta colors!

 

You can find the free pattern here

We would love to see your project! Happy knitting!. 

 

Popular on Instagram for August 2017

This entry was posted on 4th September, 2017 by vero .

Another month has gone by and it's already September. Can you believe it? 

This month the most liked photos on our Instagram feed are mostly closeups, which I find very interesting! 

For August we took the top six, because two of them were really close, and an extra beauty to look at can never be a bad thing, right?

Geodesic Cowl by Emily O'Brien knitted by kittywithacupcakeGeodesic Cowl by Emily O'Brien, knitted by kittywithacupcake using malabrigo Arroyo in Indiecita 

Lilian by Suvi Simola, knitted by knit-tweedLilian by Suvi Simola, knitted by knit-tweed using malabrigo Rios in Piedras.

Stormy Sky Shawl by Life Is Cozy, knitted by RiverPoet

Stormy Sky Shawl by Life Is Cozy, knitted by RiverPoet, using malabrigo Mechita in Mandragora.

Skeins! malabrigo Rios in Diana colorway. Pic by @hazisafranyPicture posted to Instagram by @hazisafrany, showing skeins of malabrigo Rios in Diana.

Nimm was da ist / Take whats there by Florentine
Nimm was da ist / Take whats there by Florentine, using malabrigo Mechita in Diana and malabrigo Sock in Azules.

Rollick by Sara Gresbach

Rollick by Sara Gresbach using malabrigo Worsted in Rhodesian

What do you think? 

See you next month to see what September brought!

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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.

September Calendar

This entry was posted on 27th August, 2017 by vero .

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.

On September 2nd, Jessie At Home and Royal Rabbit Vineyards in Parkton, Maryland are teaming up to bring you a yarn and wine tasting, and malabrigo is a sponsor of this fun event.

Yarn and Wine Tasting at Jessie at homeYou 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.

 

Trunk Shows

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 admin@malabrigoyarn.com.

 

Go to Knitting School with Malabrigo Junkies

This entry was posted on 20th August, 2017 by Barbara .

One of the Admins of the super fun, Ravelry based Malabrigo Junkies group was kind enough to agree to the following interview about all of the fun things that go on in this vibrant collection of Malabrigo lovers. Kateclysm is her Ravelry ID and she keeps things moving right along in this fast paced group.

Could you tell us a bit about the Malabrigo Junkies Ravelry group? When did it start? How many members does it have? How did you become an admin?

The Malabrigo Junkies Ravelry group was started a bajillion years ago by member Simplethings. In August 2007. I didn’t join until the next August but the first year was a rolling-rollicking group looking for their next big fix. Most of the oldest threads are asking where to find certain colorways, or reporting sales or asking how to use the colorway they just bought. A truly fun a chaotic group! We’ve accrued 16,180 members, but only about 300 are active at any given time. When a group has been around this long I think that’s par for the course.

I became one of three Admins maybe 4 or 5 years ago when one of our previous Admins had to take a break. We try to never have fewer than three because we all lean on each other and sort of tag-team certain duties. My cohort is made up of myself, the wonderful Gwenschweitzer and the incomparable RiverPoet, we also have a dedicated team of mods who step up to the plate for each event and really do a great job. Truly wonderful people!

This sock by Raveler victoriasews is knit in Malabrigo Sock, colorway Primavera as her participation in the Junkie U sock class.

I know you have quite a few events over the course of the year, what and when are they?

I think we’re most known for Malabrigo March. Simplethings decided that we needed a special event to celebrate our Mal love and Malabrigo March was started! There were KALs for particular patterns or mal bases, contests and random prizes. We still run the event basically the same way and are very fortunate that the always-generous Malabrigo Company is able to donate prize yarn each year! Mal March is always something we look forward to, the camaraderie and competition is awesome and we all enjoy it.

For the Brioche class Raveler momfortytwo combined Sabiduria and Ivy in Rios to stunning effect.

This past year we also started very casual “color alongs”. The members were starting to do little kals where they all happened to have the same colorway and wanted to work it up, others would get inspired (I mean, who wouldn’t get inspired by the gorgeous Malabrigo colors??) and drop what they were doing to cast on something in the same or similar colorway. So we decided it would be fun to make those mini-vents a little more “official” and set aside threads so anyone could play along that wanted to (also making it easier to find the content! The Junkie threads are moving very fast every day and little bits of information can definitely get lost).

At one time, we had an annual event for encouraging members to get their Holiday knitting started early and that was October Stockpile… but other groups have been doing such a fabulous job with that same concept that we decided it was time to let that one go.

And then in summer we have Junkie University…

Of course there is a crochet class and Raveler ChrissieM made this adorable owl using Mechita in a variety of colors including Eggplant, Hollychock, Sand Bank, Anniversario, and Manzanilla Olive. What a great way to use up scraps.

OK, Junkies University! Please tell us all about it? I know that there are different categories and contests and well, a load of fun stuff that I’d love to hear about.

A couple of years ago I proposed a new event that was more related to what inspired me about our group (as opposed to being inspired by the yarn) which was the supportiveness of the members, and my love of learning. I decided to reinforce my credo that there’s nothing you can’t do when it comes to knitting/crocheting/weaving/spinning/dying, by encouraging the members to choose a technique they have always been wanting to learn, or have been too intimidated to start, and pick a project and start it. I called it Junkie University and made it a three month event running from July to September.

In the modular knitting class Raveler carolsumie learned how to do entrelac using Rios in Piedras. She also learned she didn't want it to be a hat so an entrelac cowl is now in the works.

The way it works is self-run learning with peer help. We have mentors in-group who are there to recommend methods, provide clarity, root for results and cheer for the FOs. Since everyone has different levels of interest, we also allow participants to decide how “into it” they want to go: you can choose to Audit the “class” by making a decent sized swatch using the chosen technique, “Normal” level students will generally create something accessory-sized, and then “Master” students work up a proposal and plan for a much larger project that will be worked on through the three month term of the event. At the end of it all, we encourage students to write up a “What I learned this summer” essay which are lots of fun to read and very rewarding! We give out loads of prizes for both participation and finishing… it’s all about adding to your skill set and learning something new!

Sabiduria on Rios knit up beautifully in this pair of mitts by Raveler JavaDressage! Her entry into the gloves class is fabulous.

Finally, a totally unfair question. What is your favorite Malabrigo yarn base and color?

Truly like asking which of my children I love best (this is why I only have one). I think my go-to colorway has been Lettuce for a long time, I have it in just about every base! I love just about all the blues that come out of Mal’s dye pots, and some of the variegated colors make me swoon whenever I see them (Indiecita, Pocion, Vaa). I’m excited about the new speckled colors on Mechita and look forward to playing with some in the near future! As far as bases, Merino Worsted is always my first love, but I adore Twist and Rios as well as Mechita and Mora (the sheen of that silk!). Truly a Junkie, I could go on and on about our beloved Mal!

Not part of Junkies University, but I couldn't resist this beautiful vest that kateclysm knit up in Chunky using her favorite color Lettuce.

Thank you so much Kate for the interview and insight into Junkies University. The Junkies group is always a ton of fun and if you want to hang out with a whole bunch of crafters who share your love of Malabrigo yarn it is a great place to be.