(This is the fiber in its raw state.)
Remember when I asked on this blog what yarn you'd most like to knit with if price were no object? Someone (my apologies for not remembering exactly whom) mentioned "Qiviut", yarn spun from the undercoat of the muskox. I'd never heard of it before but checked out the websites and was fascinated. Imagine my ecstasy when my family took a vacation to Banff, Canada, and I found an entire store devoted to all things Qiviuk (a variation in the spelling but it's the same fiber).
The saleslady at the store thought I was insane for two reasons:
1) I took a dozen photos (which I'm sharing the best of here with you);
(Can you tell these are cute little muskoxen knitted into the scarves and hats?)
2) I walked around petting the beautiful scarves, sweaters, hats, etc. Yes, I'm a Sweater Petter. But this stuff is just gorgeous to touch.
(The store had something for the ladies and something for the gentlemen. The cost of these sweaters was gasp-inducing but touching was free.)
My husband watched me oohing and aahing and absolutely insisted that I buy some 100% Qiviuk yarn to make myself something with. I will not tell you how much three tiny balls of yarn cost--you would pass out--but if my husband insists that I buy something, who am I to argue with him? (I chose the russet red you can see behind the green.)
So now I'm looking for a really gorgeous lace stole/scarf pattern that uses about 650 yards of fine weight Qiviuk yarn. Any suggestions?