Malabrigo

Malabrigo yarns is one of the brands that changed the yarn market, perhaps forever. The company started in Montevideo, Uruguay. Malabrigo is a fairly young yarn company that has taken the knitting and crocheting world by storm. Family-owned, it was founded in 2005 when Antonio Gonzalez-Arnao started dyeing yarn in his home kitchen. Within a year, he and his business partner Tobias Feder began bringing hand-dyed worsted-weight merino singles yarn to North America and Europe, searching for their market. Believe it or not, "hand-dyed" was not a coveted attribute of yarn a decade ago--Because of the continued growth of the company they have added a mill in Peru as well.
            
When Ravelry was first introduced to the fiber community, Malabrigo yarns rode the wave of success as the power of internet communication took place. In appreciation of the adoration, and to thank all of the Ravelry members, the brilliant and ever gorgeous Ravelry Red colorway was released.
 
Early on in the history of the company, Malabrigo reached out to the fiber community to ask for designs that showcased the company yarn bases. Based on the success of the outreach, Malabrigo continues to feature designers on their website page entitled "Quickies". The designers are able to retain the rights to their designs while promoted on the Malabrigo website.
 
Malabrigo  is eco friendly and is working to leave less of a carbon footprint on the environment. In 2010 They added a flat-plate thermal heating system to the factor. This system uses the power of the sun to heat the water tanks which are used for processing the different yarns. They have also made a commitment to meet the standards of Oeko-Tex superwash manufacturing standards. By following these standards the yarn is free from a range of harmful substances often found in manufacturing. They try to use as few chemicals and as little water as possible.
 
 As a hand-dyed yarn, Malabrigo can vary from skein to skein within a dye lot; different dye lots can vary enough to seem like different colorways. It's important to purchase enough yarn for your project from a single dye lot; alternating skeins every couple of row as you knit or crochet is advisable to blend skeins visually in the finished garment.
 
One of the pleasures of knitting or crocheting with Malabrigo yarns is seeing how a familiar colorway appears across the different yarn bases, affected not just by the chance of the dyepot, but also by the blend of fiber, weight and ply of the yarn.The dyeing process remains the same, however, with a fairly stable portfolio of standard colorways; a limited number of new colorways are introduced annually.
Hand Wash Collection
Worsted was the original introduction to the fiber market. The merino single in brilliant hand dyed colors was an instant success. Worsted has an overwhelming selection of colors and continues to be an all time favorite of fiber crafters everywhere.
Lace is a single ply soft merino lace weight yarn.
Baby Silkpaca Lace is a blend of alpaca and silk with a wonderful sheen and halo. This fine lace weight yarn is considered to be two-ply.
Twist is super springy and considered to be a mulit-ply aran weight yarn that is slightly thick and thin.
Rasta is a super bulky single that is slightly felted and lovely to work with.
Rastita is a slightly felted DK single ply merino yarn.
Silky Merino introduces silk to the already soft merino. This wonderful DK blend has a luxurious sheen and is spun as a single.
Finito is a limited-edition plied sport weight yarn that gives off a halo and is amazingly soft.
Dos Tierras is a blend of alpaca and merino.   The two different fibers pick up the dye slightly different to create a yarn with depth.
 
Superwash Collection
Sock is a plied merino favorite for shawls and fingering weight sweaters, even though it is called sock!
Mechita presents an awesome sheen and retains the saturated colors that are known for single ply yarns.
Rios is a worsted-weight superwash plied merino wool. It is often used for garments that will need easy care and durability such as afghans, sweaters, hats and scarves.
Arroyo is a worsted weight yarn many people us for shawls, ponchos, sweaters, accessories and even boot socks.
Mecha is a studio favorite chunky yarn. This single ply yarn is just what you need when you want to knit or crochet some quick garments and accessories.
Caracol works up as a super bulky and is a thick thin yarn that is wrapped in a casing.