Exclusive Video Tour Inside The Malabrigo Factory In Uruguay

Update (11/19/13): I’ve published the full-length story about the tour here:
Journey to the Birthplace of Malabrigo Yarns

Closeup of Malabrigo YarnLast week I fulfilled a dream that seemed almost impossible – I visited the Malabrigo Yarn factory in Montevideo, Uruguay.

I interviewed Malabrigo owner Antonio for almost four hours and recorded everything, as he told me details, secret histories, and funny stories behind the yarns, the names, the colors, and the sheep.

The catch – I’ve submitted the interview to Interweave as an article for possible publication, so I can’t post pictures or pieces of it here – but I’ve got something better for you – a video tour inside. Come share in my dream come true!

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Salivating for some Malabrigo? Here are three projects you can make with their fabulous yarn, and links to buy the yarn from my favorite yarn store, Stix.

Super-Bulky Magic Loop Socks - Malabrigo Rasta

Skein of Laguna Negra Malabrigo Rasta

Red worsted-weight magic loop mittens with hands holding a green apple

Skein of Archangel Malabrigo Rios

Purple Magic Loop Hat

Red Skein of Malabrigo Merino (Vermillion)

Test-Knitter Update
Thanks everyone who commented on the last blog post – I loved your enthusiasm for trying the new sock pattern! I’ll be sending the test pattern out to the lucky test-knitters next week.

Coming next Saturday: Interview and pattern giveaway with Stephanie Dosen of Tiny Owl Knits… stay tuned!

Your opinion: did you like the Malabrigo video tour? Want Interweave to publish the full article? Leave a comment below! I’m going to show Interweave all your comments when I mail in my submission, so let’s get them excited!

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158 Responses to Exclusive Video Tour Inside The Malabrigo Factory In Uruguay

  1. Sharon Amara says:

    What a fabulous experience and thank you for sharing.

  2. Sue says:

    I loved the video tour! It would be great to hear/ read the in depth interview with Antonio.

  3. Rosie says:

    I loved the tour Inside The Malabrigo Factory In Uruguay. Thanks for sharing it with us. It must have been so hard to not take home more then one could carry.

  4. louise says:

    super…………. fantastic………………… it should be published.
    Had no idea how any of this is done…. OR HOW IT LOOKS BEING DONE.
    A must to be published. WHAT A GREAT TOUR . . . So exciting to see all that yarn… all those colors………. textures. I WOULD HAVE GONE NUTSO !!!!!
    LIAT………….. YOU ARE A HUG IN THE HEART FOR SURE.

  5. Wow, that was fun!
    I’d love to hear about how he designs his colors – the process he goes through to decide what works and what doesn’t.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

  6. Anita says:

    What a thrilling video tour that we’d never have had access to without you! You are such a wonderful teacher that I always eagerly anticipate your next newsletter. I can’t wait to see your article about Antonio and his fabulous Malabrigo yarns published in Interweave. Oh, Interweave MUST publish your article — for me and all your thousands of Malabrigo-crazed knitting superstars!

  7. What an amazing experience. I hope Interweave runs that interview, Malabrigo is one of my favorite yarns!

  8. Lynn Couture says:

    What an opportunity. This yarn is all the rage at my knitting clubs. I have not yet used it but it is on my list!!! Need to finish up projects before starting something new.

    I want to read more about the yarn, interview with Antonio, and processes (that which can be shared).

    Your videos and written instructions are so clear and concise that I m sure I can learn alot about this yarn with your article in Interweave. Looking forward to it.

  9. Wanda Winchester says:

    Since I’ve been knitting, years now, I have always dreamed of going through a yarn factory. This video fulfilled that dream, and I just finished knitting a sideways cardigan, out of Malabrigo S.F. Sky. Love the yarn and thank you so very much for sharing your wonderful experience.

  10. Dana says:

    Hello Liat, Sorry to say that the video was defective …..kept starting and stopping…
    would love to have seen it in its entirety. Yes, I am salivating over the beautiful yarn… very exciting for you to have been there…did Mother enjoy it also?
    I bet you got a real education there. I also enjoyed their “music to work by.”

    look forward to your emails……send more, please

  11. Marty says:

    This was very interesting to see where this beautiful yarn comes from and how the process works. I really enjoyed the video

  12. Bonny says:

    Wow! I loved taking the tour with you!

    What an awesome opportunity to be able to do that.

    Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

  13. Jennifer says:

    What a great time you had! Thank you for getting an inside view of the factory for us! That is a “bucket list” item I’d love to do! I really look forward to your article and photos. It’s great to know how and where this magical yarn comes from. Thank you for all you do Liat!

  14. Jessica says:

    I’d love to read an article about this. Interesting information about how yarn is manufactured is always appreciated and lapped up like cream. It makes us all more appreciative of the lovely yarns out there. Thanks Liat! I really enjoyed the video and look forward to the things you will teach us to make from this yarn.

  15. Renee says:

    Thank you for sharing.

  16. Peg Buckman says:

    Fascinating. Thank you so much for sharing. I”ll look forward to the publication. I envy your trip!!
    Peg

  17. GerryART says:

    Your visit/tour with Malabrigo has provided an entirely awesome perspective of their product. Every skein will have ‘heart’ when it is chosen for my next cast on. More than just a pretty yarn.
    Liat, your tour and knowledge about the yarn and surroundings is fantastic. When do we get to do it again?
    hugs

  18. Lillian Henegar says:

    Awesome . Thank you so much for sharing this amazing experience and place. Now I want me some Malabrigo!

  19. Kim Borsgard says:

    thanks so much! what a fun time and so educational! Loved seeing the process and how simple everyone lives…can’t imagine swimming in that fabulous yarn!
    for those having trouble viewing the video, try taking it off HD…it helped me to watch it without interruption :)

  20. ElleBeie says:

    What a great experience! Sorry, I think it’s even BETTER than being in a candy store! Thanks for sharing this. Let us know when the article shows up in Interweave! I’ll be sure to buy a copy. Can’t wait to read it.

  21. Anita Chretien says:

    Awsome I’d get lost in there and never found again LOL. i sure learned alot from the video thanks for the grand tour

  22. Natalie Gaull says:

    I have loved Malabrigo from the first time I saw it. I’d love to read an article about you visit in Interweave Knits.

  23. Pat Hunt says:

    Great video. I was so interesting to see inside and I hope Interweave publishes your article. If they do, let us all know so we can look for it.
    Thanks for sharing.

  24. Karen Bond says:

    WOW!! – what a great trip :) Really fascinating to see all the processes – and all those piles of yummy yarns. I would have wanted to buy the entire factory :) Look forward to seeing the article when it comes out.

  25. Jocelyne Desrochers says:

    Really interesting,thank you Sooooo much

  26. Mary Sharrow says:

    Thank you for not having the video automatically open. I appreciate your efforts, but I don’t care for videos in my emails. Just my .02 worth.

    Cheers,
    Mary

  27. Fern Palmer says:

    What an amazing video!! I would really be interested to see the published article in Interweave.

  28. Tammy says:

    Loved this! Thank you for a little virtual tour, looking forward to your article!

  29. Alice says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed the tour you took of the factory. The steps on the color process reminded me of the way tie-died fabric is created which always gives you a slightly different combination of the same colors, even when the main color is the same. Their quality standards are very evident in how the factory is run and in their quality control steps. I look forward to your possible article with Interweave Press.

  30. Lluïsa says:

    Mil gracias por compartir tu experiencia en Malabrigo. Es muy interesante. He visto que hablas muy bien el español; una sugerencia: ¿publicarás también la entrevista en español?
    Aprovecho para felicitarte por tu web, por tus ejemplos tan claros. Gracias

    • Liat Gat says:

      Hola Lluïsa, gracias! Y… no sé si voy a publicar la entrevista en español. La verdad es que voy a escribir un articulo basado en la entrevista, así que voy a poner mucho trabajo en el articulo (en inglés), y no sé si vale la pena traducirlo a español. Lo que sí es que podría publicar la transcripción de la entrevista en la que estoy trabajando – eso sería también muy interesante. Dale, cuando termine te aviso si tengo algo para tí en español. Te parece?

  31. Marilyn says:

    Thank you for sharing. Tour was great!!!

  32. Deb Wilkinson says:

    Yes, I enjoyed the video tour and would love to read about the experience. I especially want to know that when I buy Malibrigo I am putting my money into the correct hands and that the local economies in Uruguay are benefiting from this market.

  33. Ann says:

    I really enjoyed your video. Malabrigo is my favorite. Please keep us updated on the Interweave article, I will definately purchase that issue.

  34. What an awesome video! Thank you so much for the tour. What a great opportunity for you. Can’t wait to see the article too!

  35. Lori M. says:

    I loved the tour! I really would love to read your article in one of my favorite magazines, Interweave Knits. I would love to hear more about the yarn and processes! What a great opportunity!!

  36. Mario says:

    What a wonderful video. As one who was born in Uruguay I’m very proud of the yarn and the the quality of the yarn. I’ve almost finished with a lace scarf for myself and early this year I made a fair isle cardigan, both where done using Manos de Uruguay.
    Thank you so much for the great tour. What town is the factory located?
    Sincerely,
    Mario

    • Liat Gat says:

      Hi Mario,

      I’ve now got a huge appreciation for the fine quality of Merino wool that comes from Uruguay, and I’m so grateful to companies like Manos and Malabrigo that bring these beautiful yarns to life with their hand-dyed and kettle-dyed colors.

      The teñiduría is located in Montevideo, in the barrio El Cerro.

  37. Marlene Fontana says:

    That is absolutely fascinating. Thank you for sharing. I love the yarn and the process is wonderful to see.

  38. Pamela says:

    Wonderful Video! Liat! I sure hope Interweave publishes. They should also consider putting it in Spin-OFF. Thank EWE for showing us!

  39. Pamela says:

    Wonderful Video! Liat! I sure hope Interweave publishes. They should also consider putting it in Spin-OFF. Thank EWE for showing us!

  40. Linda in TX says:

    WOW! Thanks for sharing! What an awesome opportunity. I agree with others, I’d have a really tough time getting home w/o a boatload of yarn. I have not tried this yarn, but it’s on my list, now. Thanks!

  41. Carol says:

    Thanks for that Awesome Peek into the Fabulous World of Malabrigo!

  42. Deb Sanger says:

    Thanks so much. Malabrigo is one of my favorite yarns — so good to know more about it!

  43. Mardi says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed the video and forwarded it to two friends. What a wonderful experience for you! I think you’re living a dream we all share. I’m looking forward to the article (think positive).

  44. Carolyn says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. Your enthusiasm made it just that much more enjoyable.

  45. Billi Cummings says:

    That was so much fun! It’s so interesting to see how the process is from start to finish! I think it would make a wonderful article for Interweave readers. Your happy smiles make it very heartwarming too.
    ~ Billi ~

  46. Loved the tour! Such fun!! I would want to touch all of them :) Your video eases the price since you see how much work is involved in making this yarn! Thanks for sharing & good luck on publication.

  47. Stella says:

    Loved it! Looking forward to the article, so I hope you get published. Now I must buy some Malabrigo – those colours were gorgeous!

  48. Lisa says:

    What a great tour! Loved it.. I could swim in yarn too.. I can’t wait to see the article published!

  49. Mickey says:

    Loved this tour of Heaven! I rarely buy magazines but if your wonderful article is published I will rush to the head of the line to buy the copy of Interweave Knits that this is published in! Ideas don’t get any more creative or fresh than those from you Liat, you brought the love of knitting back into my life and opened a world of possibilities to me! I have missed you and are glad that my email box is full of excitement once again (8

  50. Cheryl says:

    Wonderful video. Hope the trip was great. I hope you brought home something special for yourself.
    Who does the spinning of the carded batches to make it into the worsted yarn that we saw in the video?

    • Liat Gat says:

      The spinning is outsourced to yarn mills around Uruguay (all of them, as a matter of fact). This is one reason why the yarn is so in-demand: the mills sometimes break down or experience delays – Malabrigo is always waiting for yarn. One of their yarns, Arroyo, is spun and dyed to their specifications in Peru, just because they ran out of capacity in Uruguay.

  51. Emma Simmons says:

    What a wonderful tour by a gorgeous tourguide! Great job. This really should be published for the world to see. Thanks, Liat!

  52. Danielle says:

    You are great in video e-books and video tours. As a subscriber to Interweave I hope they publish the article. I look forward to reading it.

  53. Esther Sprinkle says:

    Thanks for bringing your tour of the Malabrigo factory to us. How fun! I’d sure love to read an article telling more of what you experienced and learned there about some of my all time favorite yarn.

  54. Ginny says:

    That is way cool! What a wonderful experience for you! I envy you the yarn!
    I can’t wait to read the article.

  55. Rachelle L. says:

    Thanks so much for the tour Liat! I can’t wait to read the article;)

  56. Stacey says:

    Thank you ever so much for sharing! What a wonderful experience! I live in Texas and wool yarns are not always easy to find. Thanks for the tips and referrals of your favorites. I can’t wait to try Malabrigo!

  57. Caroline says:

    I loved your video and would buy the magazine just to read the article! It looks like you had an amazing time. I want to know all of the details. Thanks for sharing your dream come true. Many of us are living vicariously through you.

  58. Shirley Stanley says:

    What an amazing video tour ! Most knitters are interested not only in the finished product, but in HOW that finished product (beautiful yarn) reaches the knitter. Knitting is so full of “stories” and love, hours or pleasure. The yarn itself has a story and most knitters want to know the story of the yarn itself and the stories of those people who make it for us. This should definitely be published. I have purchased every issue ofr Interweave Knits since it started publication. I have either purchased single issues from the newsstand or subscriptions, depending upon where I am living, etc. I think Interweave would be very interested in such a piece. It would be a positive contribution to their outstanding magazine. Keep up the good work !

    • Liat Gat says:

      Shirley, I’m so happy you go excited by the story behind Malabrigo. Antonio fascinated me with his constant search for new colors, and his innate sense of what combinations would work. He is really a color master.

      I do hope that the editors at Interweave share your opinion! Hugs to you.

  59. lemonflower says:

    Great tour, you made me feel like I was there! Thanks for sharing your journey with us. Can’t wait to see the interview in Interweave! Will add some of this yarn to my next shopping trip for sure. Love the purple.

  60. Marcie Boroughs says:

    What a great adventure!! Loved the video and can’t wait to see the article in Interweave!!

  61. Shannon says:

    Thank you! …Even the little taste of all the processes involved in accomplishing such sumptuous yarns was fabulous. To get an insight into how the wool travels from the sheep’s back to my yarn basket is great. Would love to read/see more!

    • Liat Gat says:

      Thank you Shannon! I’m so happy you enjoyed the video as much as I enjoyed making it. I came back positively walking on air after being around so much yarn and creativity.

  62. Wanda says:

    Great tour. I’m looking forward to read your article in Interweave.

  63. Jan Joseph says:

    Thank you!!! That was very informative!!!

  64. Sallamanda says:

    Oh wish I had been there too…..what an experience. We do not think of how much fun there is in actually dying wool to specs. LOVED IT….hope you send more.

  65. AM Audet says:

    ”Merci beaucoup” for sharing this video with us.

  66. Maria says:

    Muchas gracias, Liat. Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience with us. I would love to read more about your interview with Antonio. Hope you get published.

  67. Evelyn Orem says:

    AWESOME! I want to get lost in all that “Yarn Candy” Absolutely gorgeous colors! Thanks for sharing!

  68. Carolyn says:

    I want to go there! Loved the video, thanks!

  69. Kathleen says:

    Liat – that was soo much fun. I wish I could have jumped through your lens to join you in that wonderful “happy place”. I do look forward to checking out the article -I need to have the denouement with info from Antonio

  70. Great video! Yes, absolutely IK should publish the article!

  71. Carla Kinderman says:

    AWESOME VIDEO! What an opportunity to be able to do that. Thank you so much.

  72. Linda Gottschalk says:

    I enjoyed the video and would love to hear more. Beautiful yarn and yes it is like being in a candy factory.

  73. Alexa Terni Martindale says:

    Loved seeing the where all my fave yarn comes from and the genius behind the colors! Thanks, Liat!! Can’t wait to see picts and read interview in Interweave! They simply MUST publish!!

  74. Elizabeth Mulhall says:

    Thank you so much, Liat, for posting your wonderful tour of the Malabrigo factory (it must have felt like you were in heaven). I would be really so interested in reading your article on the whole process after the “trailer” of your visit – it is not often we get to see how it is done in a world of “end products”. The colours of the yarn are so sumptuous and how this is achieved would make really interesting reading for all crafting devotees!!

    Again, thank you.

    Beth

  75. Marjorie says:

    I am so sorry I still cannot get this try as I might. I have a MAC.I am not sure if that could be the reason. At any rate I know it would have been a trip! Marj

  76. kathy olamit says:

    I really enjoyed your tour of the Malagrio factory but I am curious about something. Wasn’t the brand started by women, or at least advertizes that it helps poor Uraguan women, but I only saw one woman in the video. During your interview did you address this discrepancy? That I would definitly like to read about.

    • Liat Gat says:

      Kathy, I think maybe you are thinking of Manos del Uruguay, an established Uruguayan yarn company that I think may be run by women, or employ only women…? I think that’s the company you had in mind.

  77. Amber says:

    WOW! That would be amazing! Looks like so much fun!

  78. Judy Helie says:

    Absolutely wonderful. I was enthralled. Wish I could have been there with you.. Great video. You looked so happy and excited. Would love to do more test knitting for you. Guess I missed the last opportunity.

  79. Kim K. says:

    Thank you for sharing your visit. I’m looking forward to reading your interview with Antonio and learning more about the Malabrigo company. I love, love their yarn and their colors are amazing.

  80. Carolyn Benson says:

    Liat,
    Thanks so much for capturing the Malabrigo story!!! It was fascinating, educational, and just plain interesting for this knitter. Loved the whole quality control process and watching everyone do their part to make this beautiful yarn makes me love it more! Thanks for being such a great teacher; you have really helped me to become a fearless knitter:-)….

  81. Thank you for sharing your dream trip with us. I’m a retired professional videographer and I have to say that your camera work is really nice. You have such a good eye and you really understand what works and doesn’t work. I see that in your video lessons as well.
    Yes, Interweave, publish Liat’s article!
    All the Best to you. :0)
    Jeannie

  82. Anne says:

    Such an incredible experience, dare I say I am jealous!

    How much yarn did you bring back?

    • Liat Gat says:

      Anne, I brought back 3 skeins of Malabrigo Chunky for the videos, 2 skeins of Rasta, 2 skeins of Aquarella (for scarves for friends), 1 skein of purple Gruesa, and a “faulty” dark purple Angora that couldn’t be sold, PLUS a skein of the prize-winning wool from his Merino farmers contest (!!) – more on that in the article! Every time I touch it I get goosebumps. But I was so silly – I didn’t get any sock yarn, any worsted… I’ll just have to go back!

  83. Judith says:

    Fabulous tour. Thanks so much for posting. I’m sure you received more insight on the business since you are fluent in Spanish. Hope your article is published!

  84. Helen L Olson says:

    I would certainly like to read an article about your tour and interview. It’s very nice to be able to see the people behind the yarn we use.

  85. Gaby says:

    I LOVE Malabrigo and was soooo excited to see your video….I only wish it were longer….Antonio seems sooo nice…You’re so lucky and looking forward to seeing your article in the magazine….thank you!

  86. Marylouise says:

    VERY COOL! It must have been really hard to leave!!

  87. Yvonne says:

    Great video. I was sitting here knitting with Malabrigo worsted in Coco while watching. What a treat!
    Y.

  88. barbara johnson says:

    I cannot wait to read her article… such beautiful yarn… what an in depth story… going to look for a link to purchase some…!

  89. maria says:

    I’m just working azul profundofrom malabrigo for my little girl and i love it. thank’s for this video, i’ am waiting for article!:)

  90. Anne says:

    Thanks for the video. I now have a new appreciation for Malabrigo yarns. I bought some Rasta for fun and found it a lot of fun. It is very soft and flows easily through the fingers.

  91. janel says:

    What a treat. I loved every second of the video….cannot wait to see the new colors in the store….Thank you for sharing your wonderful adventure. Excellent! And, loved hearing your voice….and your Spanish.

  92. Sweetdrk1 says:

    That was awesome..I wanted to reach through the screen and touch all the yummy rasta!

  93. nanieStaycee says:

    Thank you so much for the Video Tour! It was like I was right there with you! Oh, if I only were! I would have loved to have some of that gorgeous virgin fiber! O-la-la! Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! It was wonderful!
    Staycee Castelein

  94. notorious says:

    Liat,
    I appreciate your talent for knitting and generosity in sharing with others your gifted techniques.
    Unfortunately, the tour of Malabrigo conveniently omitted the brutality and suffering endured regularly by the “farmed” animals for yarn fibers: mutilations, assembly line shearing which regularly causes pain and injury. When they are no longer useful they will be slaughtered and/or thrown onto ships to be exported for meat most often deprived of food and water while transported wherever and crammed along with dead and dying animals. So there is no funny story here, especially since you note Malabrigo is the world’s largest manufacturer (torturer) of animals.

    Many people falsely believe shearing is necessary and kind for the animals without considering that they were domesticated for this purpose as well as for convenient food. When their coats grow thick, they are NOT shorn under the bucolic circumstances of the ancient past, if ever there was a humane shearing. Today, they are shorn in intensely confined warehouse/mega factory conditions, unlike the bucolic scenes viewed in advertisements; these beings are nothing more than slaves- commodities for human whims. Nutritionists have conceded that humans have no requirement for animal flesh, and since we do not live in ancient caves have no need for their skins and fur. Technology today continues to create gorgeous synthetic yarns that are elegant, lightweight, exquisite in color, and provide whatever warmth and beauty humans perceive necessary. Liat, I suggest you take an authentic tour, one witnessing the reality of treatment these innocent animals receive. If you choose to raise your consciousness, my wish is that you – go synthetic. All the best.

    • Liat Gat says:

      Hi there,

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment! I actually did question Antonio in-depth about his sourcing and the farms he gets his wool from, their shearing practices, everything. He described to me exactly how the sheep are treated. I’ll go into more detail in the article, but I can tell you that these are actually prized Merino sheep – they are carefully bred and cared for.

      He told me that the soil in Uruguay is particularly good for Merino sheep, because it drains well and does not cause their hooves to become soggy, which causes rot and fungus. There is also a certain type of parasite that commonly attacks sheep and requires a painful operation to get it removed. Thankfully, this parasite is not indigenous to Uruguay, and the sheep there are free from the pain of the parasite and its removal.

      In addition, all the farms that supply wool to Malabrigo carry the “green leaf” seal, certifying that they meet very high standards at every point in the shearing process, ensuring that the sheep are treated humanely (they are not tied or bound in any way, for instance).

      Lastly, Malabrigo is certainly not the world’s largest wool buyer – that title would probably go to someone like Nike or some other giant clothing manufacturer with plants in China. Malabrigo is a boutique hand-yarn-dyer in Uruguay, sourcing ethically cultivated Merino wool from farms in Uruguay.

      I hope that puts your mind to rest, or at least helps broaden it a little. Remember, synthetic yarns like acrylic are made from petroleum, which many people would say is not that great either.

      • Emma Simmons says:

        Thank you, Liat, for broadening small minds. Anyone who follows your blogs regularly knows you would never sanction wool or any product from mistreated animals, which is a whole different subject from choosing to eat, or not eat, meat. I respectfully disagree with anyone trying to foist their beliefs on others. Now go have a good day. :)

      • Billi Cummings says:

        I am so proud to say I buy Malabrigio yarns and eat lamb meat. The “Nutritionists” the commenter speaks of are probably vegan and of course not eating meats. The commenter shouldn’t assume shearing is always done under horrible conditions. I eat Paleo and believe were are designed to eat meat, but would never criticize others for there food choices. Sheep and all other animals on our planet should be treated humanely. Please don’t lump people into groups and assume the worst. It’s great to ask and question as Liat has. To criticize before you have the facts is just irresponsible.

  95. Marilyn says:

    A most interesting tour!!! Thank you. Waiting for the article now.

  96. Kris Long says:

    I would have called home and had all my belongings shipped to Uruguay. To be in the visinity of sooo much yarn and color and fiber “oh, my” And to pick some lovely yarn to take…I would have starved in my decision making. I will be watching this again when I’m yearning for yarn but haven’t the inspiration. If this makes it into Interweave I am going to tag your article and keep for the same reason. Knitters always love the end result “yarn”, but I find it curious and fasinating as to how it goes from fiber to glorious yarn. And if you need another test knitter in the future I would love love LOVE to be your guinea pig ! : ) I love knitting!

  97. Vicki Bolton says:

    Thank you, Liat, for all your wonderful videos. This one from the Malabrigo factory was so cool! I think you’re a great teacher, and I know you’ve helped me improve my knitting tremendously. Knit on!

  98. I loved the video tour, thank you for sharing it with all of us. I like several others who have posted would have had a very difficult time choosing just a few skeins of yarn to take home with me. It was all so beautiful. I really hope that Interweave accepts your interview submission, I can’t wait to read it!

  99. Janeen Manatt says:

    The video was absolutely fantastic!! It was soooo cool to see inside of my absolutely favorite yarn!! CAN NOT wait for the article to find out more about Malabrigo!!!

    What a dream come true!!!

  100. Psaknits says:

    Really enjoyed the video! The only thing that would have made it better was “smellvision” and “touchvision”. I have some malabrigo on my needles , one of 4 projects to take on a trip to africa, and will think about the process taken to get that yarn to my needles. Look forward to reading the whole story in interweave. Thanks!

  101. Donna says:

    Absolutely loved the video. Malabrigo is one of my favorite yarns. Thank you!

  102. Shirl says:

    Wow! I loved your video; my parents are from Uruguay and they liked the video too!
    What an amazing dream, just jump into tons of yarn! Yay! That was a snapashot of Paradise jajajajajaja.
    Oh, I see you speak spanish too!

    • Liat Gat says:

      Wow, Shiri, that’s the real test! I thought Uruguay was so cool – the people were wonderfully warm – a lot more open than they are here in Buenos Aires, just across the bay.

  103. Pam says:

    WOW!!! I, too, had no idea how all of these complex tasks were accomplished in order to get me a skein of yarn for a scarf. I want MORE, Interweave!! I love that the work is done in a recycled space, that he is utilizing natural methods of getting energy, and that people are doing the work and the selecting, not machines. I’m feeling a little psychic and I foresee a lot more Malabrigo in my future!

  104. Thanks so much for sharing this great video. Good luck and keep up the great work. :)

  105. Lori Massey says:

    My goodness, that was absolutely fascinating! I LOVED when you plopped down in the roving! LOL! Thanks for bringing us this video, and I can’t wait for the interview when it’s published. Great work!

  106. Bronwyn says:

    Okay… so I’m late to the party, but that was beyond awesome! Thank you for sharing your lovely adventure! It was fun hearing you speak spanish too! :-)

  107. Renna says:

    I finally got a chance to watch the video. In a word, wow! It filled in so many gaps in my awareness of how yarn comes to be. I also learned I’ve been putting the emphasis on the wrong syllable when I pronounce “Malabrigo” (I was putting it on the first syllable). I have a better understanding of why the yarn is not cheap, too.

    The colors you chose for your scarf (near the end of the video) were breathtaking. I can’t wait to see it after it’s knitted. Thank you so much for sharing the video with us. I hope to see the interview in print in Interweave (they’d be crazy not to use it). :-)

  108. Kimberly DeMoise says:

    Liat,
    What a fabulous job making this tour available to us! I feel so privileged to have a sneak peak at the way this yarn comes to life! We all have a better understanding just how this beautiful yarn is made. A special treat for people like me that will never travel to Uruguay! Thanks for opening up this corner of the world for me! I wish you continued success with your business.

  109. MaryElizabeth says:

    Liat,
    I am so jealous!! what a fabulous trip, and beautYful wool! Real wool is not even available here in Costa Rica, so I am really jonesing watching this! The colours are so vivid and the textures are fabulous! You really must have had such a wonderful time there, and your Espanol is muy bien!!
    Mary aka Nana Twosticks

  110. Ingrid says:

    I loved the video. I have always wanted to see inside a factory to see how yarn is produced…..I think your article will be a little more along that line. Although the dying of the yarn was very informative. I personally love “all natural yarns” I’m just not a fan of synthetic….it has it’s place, but I like to use the “real stuff”.

  111. Soledad says:

    Me encantó el video, Liat! Yo soy de Uruguay y me siento muy orgullosa de emprendimientos como Malabrigo y Manos del Uruguay. Lamentablemente, toda la producción de Malabrigo se exporta y nosotras, pobres tejedoras uruguayas, no tenemos la posibilidad de disfrutar esas bellísimas lanas!
    La próxima vez que vengas a Uruguay, avisá con tiempo! Me encantaría conocerte!!
    Aprendo mucho con tus videos, son espectaculares!!

  112. Shannon says:

    Finally got to sit down and watch the video – loved it!! I can’t wait to read more.

  113. Jan says:

    Hi Liat, just watched the video and it was amazing! That’s the first time I’ve really experienced Malabrigo and you’ve made me interested in trying some. Plus I loved learning about the knots and over dyeing. I’ve been trying my hand at dyeing and I think I’ll use that tidbit of information!

    Please continue your work, I love it!

  114. Terri says:

    Thank you SO much for the fantastic tour! I love their yarn and from now on I will enjoy it even more since I’ve been on a tour of their factory!!!! I especially enjoyed learning how they tie the knots to keep the knotted yarn one color and adding another dye to the unknotted yarn. I always wondered how they did that. I sure hope Interweave will publish your Malabrigo interview and look forward to reading it! Loved the tour!!!! Thanks so much, I learned a lot.

  115. This video was amazing! Hope you don’t mind… I just shared it on my blog as well! :) I’m using Malabrigo for several of my upcoming designs.

    Warmly,
    Christine Marie

    • Liat Gat says:

      Hi Christine,

      I just wanted to say thanks for linking to my Malabrigo video on your blog! I was very curious about your site so I went over to go check it out. What knitting book are you working on? That’s so awesome! I’m originally from the Bay Area (I grew up in Palo Alto), and will actually be headed back there in October. Be sure to get me a copy of your book before it comes out – maybe I can do a review or a testimonial for you!

  116. Bobbi says:

    Wow, Liat! That was so amazing and fun! I have loved Malabrigo since I bought my first skein at Stix! I know your article will be wonderful as well, just like the rest of your work! Can’t wait to read it. I can’t even imagine Interweave not publishing it! Best wishes always……and next trip, may I be a stowaway in your suitcase?

  117. Loved the video – finally found time to watch it. Great luck that the hot water was broken so you could spend more time with Antonio. You speak excellent Spanish and how nice to add Uruguay to your country list!

    • Liat Gat says:

      Hi Adrianne, I’m so glad that you got a chance to watch the video tour. It was so amazing and I love sharing the experience with everyone. Thank you so much for the compliments! :)

  118. Fran says:

    This was a wonderful “behind-the-scenes” look at yarn before it reaches the store. I’d love to learn how Antonio went from architecture to yarn production.

  119. corry says:

    How I envy you for such a great experience :)
    Though I’ll never be able to get that wool (I don’t think they ship to Europe) I surely am interested to read your full article and I loved the video!

  120. Daniel says:

    Que hermoso Montevideo. Y que hermoso para Montevideo haber tenido la visita de Liat :)

  121. Kate says:

    Liat it was so fun to watch you dive into the wool! The best part for me was to see your true joy in being there, meeting the people, and making connections with them through their wool. Your spanish is beautiful to listen to as well! Bodhi and I watched the video together and we loved to see your happy face!! I miss you so much and I’m so proud of you!

  122. Marilyn Rayner says:

    OMG I was just there this past February on a Princess cruise. What a fabulous tour you had and I would certainly recommend that Interweave publish the whole interview. How much yarn did you get from the factory?

    • Liat Gat says:

      Hi Marilyn,

      Thank you so much. I got a of Malabrigo Rasta because it is really expensive to buy in the U.S.

      Antonio was also nice enough to give me some one-off skeins that you, sadly, can’t buy.

  123. Nancy says:

    Wow, that was so much fun. I’m going right back to watch it again. Sure hope to see an article in interweave. Thanks a bunch!

  124. Nancy Munroe says:

    Wow, that was so much fun. I’m going right back to watch it again. Sure hope to see an article in interweave. Thanks a bunch!

  125. Deborah Barr says:

    Hi Liat
    I had a big smile on my face the whole time I was watching your video …..what a fantastic place to see! The colors are so beautiful….it must have been such an exciting experience for you to get to do the tour and interview. I do so hope that Interweave Knits will publish the article about Malabrigo! Deb

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