Yarns you have to try: Pascuali Filati Bayak

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Let me introduce you to Pascuali Bayak

Pascuali Bayak

Pascuali Bayak is a luxurious yarn that can be worn all year round. The soft yak fibre blends perfectly with beautiful bamboo, which gives the yarn a special sheen. 

Interesting fact for hand-dyers: The natural colour of yak fleece is brown. The fleece was bleached to achieve the shade pearl white which is perfect for hand-dyeing. 

The yak fibers come from the highlands of Tibet. Yaks belong to the same bovine family as cattle, bison and water buffaloes. Wild yaks in Tibet live at an elevation of over 3950 metres. Their bodies are so well adapted to high altitudes that they have trouble thriving at lower altitudes. They also need the cold to survive: They cannot handle temperatures warmer and will suffer heat stress as soon as the temperature goes above 15 degrees.

Yaks in the Ganden Thubchen Choekhorling Monastery, Litang, Sichuan, China.

Yaks in the Ganden Thubchen Choekhorling Monastery, Litang, Sichuan, China.

Photo credit: Wikipedia. 

There are both wild and domesticated species of yak. Domestication took place around 4000 years ago by the first Qiang people of Tibet. Even today, the animals continue to be a major source of income for nomadic tribes of Tibet and play a significant role in the Tibetan cultural calendar, such as in the Yak Festival of Tibet.

For Pascuali Bayak, the yak fleece comes from the fine undercoat of Tibetan yaks. The bamboo fibres are grown in China and also spun there. 

As with almost all Pascuali yarns, Bayak is dyed in Portugal for quality control and the guaranteed use of dyes free from pollutants. 

Paul Pascuali's interest in sustainability, animal welfare and fair trade is evident through his support for small farmers and his personal involvement in creating ecologically sound products. 

Pascuali Bayak yarn is beautiful to work with and is ideal for jumpers, cardigans, shawl and hats. 

Please hand wash any items made with Pascuali Bayak. Use a quality wool detergent and wash at a maximum temperature of 30 degrees. Dry flat.

Pascuali Bayak is available in 50g skeins. You need approximately 400g of  Pascuali Bayak for a medium sized sweater. 

Good to know: The colours have been carefully selected to allow for gradual changes in shade. You could, for example, make a gorgeous shawl by matching different shades of blue or red and pink. If you need inspiration, head over to Ravelry to see what other knitters have created from Pascuali Bayak! We would love to hear your ideas!

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