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About us

We are a family-owned yarn company located in Uruguay and Peru and we have developed a line of Hand-Dyed yarns of incredible softness and wonderful color variations. Our products are made out of the softest fibers available and inspired by nature, as well as landscapes, places, art and day-to-day life. This is what we try to represent when naming our 21 yarn varieties and the range of over 400 colors they come in.

We produce yarn because we are passionate about it. We believe in the pleasure of knitting with high-quality, carefully designed, subtly dyed yarns and in the joy of wearing what is created with them.

Our wish is to continue developing yarns and colors to inspire people all over the world and, in return, be inspired by them.

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Our story

malabrigo started small, when two brothers-in-law started dyeing wool in a kitchen pot back in 2005. After achieving good results, they started selling a few skeins to the US and, before they knew it, they had quickly grown to other countries in Europe and the rest of the world. To keep up with this growth, they needed to relocate to larger facilities and hire more employees.

More recently the company has moved all production to Peru, keeping the laboratory in Montevideo expressly for product development.

malabrigo employs mostly women of all ages, and always tries to give job opportunities to people that have fewer opportunities than the average.

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Fibers

Most of malabrigo’s yarns are made with 100% Uruguayan Merino wool. Uruguay has one of the biggest wool supplies in the world, and for good reason as it is of an extremely high quality, especially in regards to softness. Our wool is 100 % produced by Uruguayan farms that allow their free - range sheep through the hills and are herded by actual old - style shepherds.The controversial practice of mulesing does not exist in Uruguay.When using Merino wool of a different origin, we make sure it is also mulesing - free.

Some of our yarns use other fibers, such as Silky Merino (a blend of our Merino and top-quality Silk), Mora (100% Mulberry Silk) and Silkpaca (Baby Alpaca from Peru and top-quality Silk). As well as the Dos Tierras, a blend with 50% of our Merino with 50% Baby Alpaca from Peru and our newest yarn Caprino (a blend of Alpaca, Cashmere and Merino) and Verano (100% Pima cotton).

We always ensure that our materials come from the best suppliers available here in Uruguay and around the world.

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malabrigo flock

We are pleased to announce that Malabrigo is the proud owner of a flock of Merino and Corriedale sheep, who live on a ranch near Montevideo. Taking this step has been very important for us- we strive for sustainability and quality in all aspects of our business, and now we are able to have a direct hand in wool production from the very first step, and to ensure the humane, high-quality care of our happy little sheep. True, this flock isn't enough to produce all of our yarn by a long shot- but they're awfully cute. Welcome to the family, little guys! Should you happen to be in the Montevideo area, we invite you to visit our little lab!

Also, August and September are special months for the malabrigo flock at La Serena: it's lambing time! Many members of our pasture-raised flock have recently given birth. Having a quiet walk in the lambing paddock is probably one of the most rewarding parts of raising sheep!

It is not only our own sheep that we worry about, but all of the sheep that produce our wools. The entire Uruguayan wool industry has committed itself to achieving the highest standards of sheep husbandry. In Uruguay the sheep graze mainly on native grasslands and lamb in the spring when conditions are best for success. All of the wool produced in Uruguay is mulesing-free and shearing occurs pre-lambing. To learn more about our commitment to sustainable, humane sheep welfare visit the Wools of Uruguay website and read the Guidelines for Ethical Sheep Production in Uruguay.

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FAQs

Answers to the questions we are more usually asked

Any other inquiry write to cm@malabrigoyarn.com whatever your language is!

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.

Care Instructions

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

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 glimpse into our home, and our surroundings. We hope you enjoy it!