Capturing Peru’s variety of colours in a soft yarn.
The balayage yarn was the product of the idea to develop a high-quality yarn in accordance with a specific colour concept. We wanted to create colours that provide unlimited creative options and flow harmoniously into one another, almost as if dyed by hand. This gave rise to a yarn that is excellent for shawls but, of course, for any other knitting project too, and is particularly well suited to colour techniques such as jacquard or Fair Isle. A well-known designer and good friend, Melanie Berg, who is known as Mairlynd, contributed to the development of this yarn concept from the beginning. With her instinct for colours and talent for creating appealing colour worlds and our expertise in producing high-quality and exclusive yarns, important key skills are therefore combined in one yarn: Balayage.
In order to implement this idea, we initially considered three different yarns at the same time, which vary in terms of their composition and yarn weight. Thanks to the different composition in the fibre quality and colour, we achieved a natural mottled effect, which creates a soft and varied colour effect. Using yarn samples, we thoroughly investigated which of the samples would be able to best achieve the colour effect we wanted. Even the smallest of differences in the composition have a significant effect on the colour that is achieved later. We did not, of course, ignore the feel and yarn quality during this development stage either. A yarn that is primarily intended to be suitable for varied and colourful shawls should not be too fluffy or too smooth. On this basis, we then took a close look at different colours in different combinations. It was important to us to achieve a colour shade that was not too loud and that highlighted colours that go well together with contrast colours.
It’s all about the yarn!
Why did we call it Balayage? The term comes from the hairdressing industry and refers to a hair colouring technique in which a particular colour gradient is achieved on the hair. This colour gradient principle embodies the colours of Balayage. Colour groups of four colours are designed to work together and can be combined with colours from the other groups to achieve a contrast. The colours are inspired by the variety of colours in Peru and are named after places in Peru.
The unique nature of the yarn, i.e. the mixture of white organic merino wool fibres with white and grey baby alpaca wool, creates a mottled grey tone (colour 617 Ishinca). The colour gradient effect is supported within the individual threads and very natural colour accents along the lines of hand dyeing techniques.
Balayage is made from 80% baby alpaca and 20% virgin wool, organic merino in extra-fine 21.5 micron, free from mulesing, of course. The ball of wool weighs 1.76 oz (50 g) and measures 190 yds (175 m). Perfect knitting results are achieved with 3 U.S. (3.25 mm ~10 UK) knitting needles.
The wool is produced in a fair and sustainable manner.
The concept of sustainability runs through from the animal fibres to the packaging materials.
The yarn itself is obtained and produced in a continuous process in Peru. In the plateaus of Peru, the alpacas are able to move around freely and are kept in a manner that is appropriate for the species. The animals are shorn with modern machines in order to subject the animals to as little stress as possible. However, sustainability is about more than just species-appropriate farming. The working conditions are fair and great value is placed on a recycling economy in order to protect the environment. This means that the entire process of ultimately processing these wonderful fibres to form yarn is self-contained. For example, the mud that is created when the fibres are washed is used to fertilise the pastures. Care is taken to ensure that energy consumption is made more environmentally friendly by using solar energy and the water that is used is recycled in the recycling system.
Wonderful designs made from Balayage...
Melanie Berg has designed two shawls for the big premiere in January. Whilst the knitting patterns won’t be available until January, here is a little preview for you now:
The Big Easy
Rock My Shawl
Balayage models are also being developed by numerous other designers. Including by:
- Åsa Söderman - alias Asatricosa on Instagram
- Viktoria Maria Strickdesign - Viktoria Maria on Instagram
- Julia Maria Hegenbart - alias Feinmotorik on Instagram
- Asita Krebs - alias Sidispinnt on Instagram
The respective knitting patterns will be available via Ravelry. We will keep you up-to-date and provide the links for you here. And there will be even more designs over time.
How can you get your hands on Balayage?
It will finally be available from mid-January. The Balayage yarn will premiere at Vogue Knitting Live in New York between 17 and 19 January 2020. Two shawls designed by Melanie Berg will feature at the big premiere.
You can buy the yarn here on our Online Shop or you can find your Balayage´s stockist on our map.
Are you a retailer who wishes to stock Balayage?
We are now taking pre-orders so you can secure your delivery in January right away.
- By email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- By telephone to +49 2234 532 88 28
Don’t delay, get in touch! We are also happy to help if you have any questions.