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Old 01-18-2007, 07:07 PM   #1
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Malabrigo?
This may sound like an amateurish/stupid question, but what is it? I see people talking about it a lot here. Is it the same as Merino? I see the two names together a lot. Is a company name? Is it 100% wool? Is it a type of yarn in itself?

Pretty much all that I know for sure is that it is reeeeeally soft.
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Old 01-18-2007, 07:20 PM   #2
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Malabrigo is 100% Merino wool, handspun, handpainted worsted yarn from Uruguay. Check out their site...the colorways are luscious. I just bought my first two hanks it is really really soft and yummy. Super squishy. I think they have a bulky weight now as well.

ETA--it's pretty stinkin' awesome stuff!
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Old 01-18-2007, 07:26 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by HamaLee
Malabrigo is 100% Merino wool, handspun, handpainted worsted yarn from Uruguay. Check out their site...the colorways are luscious. I just bought my first two hanks it is really really soft and yummy. Super squishy. I think they have a bulky weight now as well.

ETA--it's pretty stinkin' awesome stuff!
which leads me to another question: what is Merino wool? is it different from any other wool?
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Old 01-18-2007, 07:28 PM   #4
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I want to say that Merino is a particular breed of sheep (bred to be softy soft) but I could be all wet about that.
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Old 01-18-2007, 07:32 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by HamaLee
I want to say that Merino is a particular breed of sheep (bred to be softy soft) but I could be all wet about that.
Correctomundo!

ETA: I mean, that it's a breed, not that you're all wet.
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Old 01-18-2007, 07:35 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by HamaLee
I want to say that Merino is a particular breed of sheep (bred to be softy soft) but I could be all wet about that.
u're right. looked it up on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merino
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ETA: I mean, that it's a breed, not that you're all wet.
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Old 01-18-2007, 07:40 PM   #8
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Yeah, merino is a breed of sheep. It is generally a much softer wool. Malabrigo is a wonderful, kettle dyed yarn. Gorgeous colours and a dream to knit with. It's actually a good deal because you're paying $10 - $12 for 210 yards of pure heaven.

Also good to know....merino's tend not to show cables well, but Malabrigo really holds up to cable knitting. I'm using it for my Urban Aran.
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so is Malabrigo a brand or not?

(forgive me, i can be quite slow at times)
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