Answers to the questions we are more usually asked
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How did you get the name 'malabrigo'?
“Mal abrigo” roughly translates to “bad shelter”, which is by all accounts a curious name for a yarn company.
The name partially comes from the small village of Mal Abrigo in Uruguay. It was named as such because it is extremely windy and back when people rode horses and too often had to take shelter for the night, it was renowned for being a terrible place to stop.There are several towns of that name in South America (in other countries) but that was the one we had in mind.
We were also inspired by novelists like Garcia Marquez, Juan Carlos Onetti, and William Faulkner, who set their novels in the magical but imaginary towns (Macondo, Santa Maria, and the towns in Yoknapatawpha County, respectively!). In our minds, malabrigo is an imaginary and chilly place where the weather drives everyone inside to knit, or to cozy up to the fire, where wool sweaters, hats, and scarves are always useful!
How do I pronounce 'malabrigo'?
'maul' - 'ah-bree’ - 'go’
Where do you produce your yarn?
We get all of the Wool we use from Uruguayan suppliers, all the Alpaca from Perú and all the Silk from Italian suppliers. Spinning is made both in Uruguay and Perú. Some of our yarns are dyed, classified and tagged only in Uruguay, some only in Perú and some in both countries.
Are the colors of the yarn in your photos accurate?
We work hard to obtain the most accurate colors in the photographs we show on the website. However, every computer has different monitor settings. For this reason we cannot ensure that the colors all monitors display will exactly match the color of the yarn.
Will my skeins match?
As malabrigo’s yarns are Hand-Dyed, colors may vary from skein to skein, even within the same dye lot. This is increased for variegated colors. Make sure to get enough yarn for your project and to check that the skeins you are buying visually match. To ensure random color distribution, you can alternate a few rows from different skeins while knitting.
Additionally there are specific colorways that do not have a dye lot. 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 has its own unique beauty and to create a multi-skein project the knitter will need to choose the skeins that are the most similar and alternate skeins while knitting to blend the colors together.
All of those colors which are aquarella (such as Aniversario, Archangel, Piedras, Etcetera) or speckled do not have a dyeing lot.
Will my yarn bleed?
Although bleeding is unusual, it can be caused by one of two things: excess dye, which is more typical of dark, saturated colors, or dye not being set properly. To avoid bleeding soak in water with 1/4 cup of white vinegar for at least 30 minutes, as many times as necessary, until it stops bleeding.
Do this process before knitting for colorwork projects.
You can read our recommended care instructions for every yarn on the Yarns page, or on your yarn label.
Also you can download our YARNS INFO DOCUMENT (coming soon) You can also find great advice from experienced malabrigo customers in Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/groups/malabrigo-junkies/pages/FAQ-General-Frequently-Asked-Questions
A little bit from home
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