Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Hola, Malabrigo!




Yesterday, I made the long-awaited pilgrimage to the Malabrigo Factory. It's in Cerro, an area of town that is named for the largest hill in all of Montevideo. During the colonization of Montevideo, the Spanish built a fortress on top of the cerro (hill, literally), and all of the industry in Montevideo has subsequently grown up around it. Though there are many people in this area of Montevideo, many of them are very poor, and do not have cars, or even bicycles, so they still have horses. I'll get into that later.

The factory is part of a much larger building that is under restoration. Inside, excluding the Malabrigo mill area, it is very dark and made almost entirely of concrete. Antonio told me that it used to be a beef manufacturing plant, and all of the tracks on the ceiling that now hang yarn used to be used for hanging beef products. The elevator for the factory also shows this tradition -- it is large enough to fit an entire live cow. Now, though, the factory has a much less gruesome use: Malabrigo Yarn is housed here! The factory actually goes by a different name to the entirety of Uruguay and all of the post-dye manufacturing (the spinning mill, packaging, etc.)
I will be working both at the mill in the main office, where I will update the Malabrigo Yarns website blog near-daily; at the laboratory, where I will help develop new colorways and give my input on test yarns; and in the secondary office in downtown Montevideo, where I will draw up designs and knit test swatches for various projects. I have many things to show you -- all the work at the factory is so exciting and interesting!

3 comments:

  1. Congratulations! Sounds like a DREAM! Take lots of pictures of the yarn so I can drool. and HAVE A GREAT TIME!

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  2. Paradise -- you've found it! I can't wait to see more. :-)

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  3. Unbelievable - knitter's paradise. :)

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