Imagine a beautiful place high in the mountains where the snow almost never stops falling and when the sun breaks through the clouds it shines with bright blue skies on a very cold day. Sounds like Alta, Wyoming to me! My home sweet home is the place where the weather and a local yarn store filled with colorful, soft yarns inspired me to learn to knit.
Antonio González-Arnao imagined a place very similar when he dreamed of a brand name for his line of incredibly soft, kettle-dyed yarns – Malabrigo. Spanish for bad shelter, Antonio loved the idea of a cold, windy place where people would find pleasure creating indoors with their richly dyed, velvety soft wool.
Located in Uruguay and most recently Peru, Malabrigo is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization and is dedicated to creating yarn using environmentally responsible methods. Their factories meet Oeko-Tex standards, which means their yarn is free from a range of harmful substances including pesticides and heavy metals often found in manufactured yarn.
I have two designs in my Winter 2016 collection that call for Malabrigo yarns. Downtown Jackson Scarf, knit with Malabrigo Mecha, purchased at The Black Sheep in Encinatas, California
and Sugar House Cowl, knit with Malabrigo Worsted, purchased at Blazing Needles in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Have you had the chance to work with Malabrigo Yarns?