Malabrigo is one of the brands that changed the yarn market, perhaps forever. The company started in Montevideo, Uruguay. 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 over a decade ago. Because of the continued growth of Malabrigo, they have added a mill in Peru as well.
The company strives to be 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 factory. 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 superwash manufacturing standards of Oeko-Tex. By following these strict standards, the yarn is free from a range of harmful substances often found in the superwash manufacturing process.
As a hand-dyed yarn, the skeins produced by Malabrigo can vary from skein to skein, even within the same dye lot. It’s important that you make sure to purchase enough yarn for your project visually checking to make sure the skeins you’ve selected match. To ensure consistency throughout your project, we encourage you to alternate a few rows from different skeins while knitting or crocheting your project.