Monday, August 20, 2007

Qiviuk Heaven!

(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?


Blogger Vicki said...

Nancy...would you believe I just got an email from Dreamweavers for Qiviut/k and it is very pricy, indeed. I would love to have some but couldn't justify the cost and my DH wasn't reading over my shoulder and insisting, either...LOL. I'll have to think about patterns. I have lots of books but not a lot of lace experience. I recently signed up at my LYS for a class on the Icarus Shawl by MimKnits. It didn't look too difficult for a starter lace shawl. I have the Victorian Lace Today book and it has some gorgeous shawls in it but I need more experience before I can tackle one of those...all those borders are confusing :-).


4:39 PM  
Anonymous Carol said...

I must tell you that you have a wonderful husband. Looking forward to seeing what you decide on to make. Enjoy!

5:36 PM  
Blogger Nephele said...

This blog post:
Has a list of shawl patterns arranged by yardage requirements. Not exhaustive, but a good starting point.

7:20 PM  
Blogger kozmic said...


are two quivuit scarves I think you may like.

8:26 PM  
Blogger Gail R said...

Qiviut is a wonderful fiber but very, very warm. Whatever you knit up - make sure it is very, very lacy.

9:26 PM  
Blogger monica said...

oooh, lucky, lucky you! My husband would pass out if he saw the price tag on that. Can't wait to see what it becomes.

12:02 AM  
Anonymous Trish said...

There's no way I would have argued with my hubby if he told me "Buy It!"

Good luck finding a pattern. I don't have any suggestions now but if I find something I'll let you know.

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Linda B. said...

REALLY? REALLY? You and your husband are very kind generous people.Please enter my name into the hopper!
If you go to you'll see incredible lace shawls that Anne Hanson has created. They are truly beautiful and special enough for your yarn.

2:31 PM  
Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

Thanks to all of you for your suggestions of lace patterns to use! I've been having a grand time browsing through the gorgeous patterns you've pointed me toward. The problem is that I want to make them ALL!

Gail R, I'm delighted to hear that the fiber is warm because I am always freezing--my DH says I have no blood in my veins. Trust me, warm will be no problem at all for me. LOL

I'm such a good wife: I never, ever argue with my husband when he tells me to buy something. ;-)

2:41 PM  
Blogger kshotz said...

I am SOOO jealous! I am one of the folks who mentioned this would be the one fiber to try. You'll have to keep us up-to-date on your knitting progress with this delicious yarn!! (Great color BTW!)


8:41 AM  
Blogger LauraP said...

I'm so jealous of your Qivuit - it costs the earth but oh, what delicious yarn it is.

11:28 AM  
Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

I just ordered the Arctic Lace book, thanks to your wonderful advice here on RTY. I checked out the projects in it and they were exactly what I thought Qiviuk should be knitted into. I also liked the fact that they were all of beginner to intermediate difficulty which suits my skill level exactly.

Now I can't wait for the UPS guy to arrive with my Amazon box!

5:43 PM  
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