Qiviut (qiviuq) is an Inuit word commonly used to indicate the wool of the muskox. It is valued for its use as a fiber as, unlike sheep's wool, it does not shrink in water at any temperature. It is among the softest wools. It is very expensive but a high quality knitted product will last over 20 years with good care.
The muskox has a two-layered coat, and qiviut refers specifically to the soft underwool beneath the longer outer wool. One reason this yarn is so rare and expensive is because the muskox sheds this layer of wool only in the spring. Qiviut is plucked from the coat of the muskox during the molt or gathered from objects the animals have brushed against; unlike sheep, the animals are not sheared. Muskox are mostly just found in northern Canada and Alaska.
Qiviut is stronger, much lighter in weight, and eight times warmer than sheep's wool, and softer than cashmere wool. Qiviut is considered to be one of the most expensive and luxurious yarns available to knitters worldwide. Qiviut does not cause allergies that many people have to sheep's wool.
30 sts = 10 cm (4") over 2x2 ribbing on 3.25mm needles
300 yards of Lace weight
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