I know it’s wonderful, and the price shows it, but can someone explain why?
Amber is in Alaska right now and sent me a text that a tiny skein costs $69.00. I’m not sure how tiny tiny actually is, in weight or yardage, but I cannot think of one skein of anything that has cost me $69.00
Here is a photo for you of musk ox on the snowy tundra, in case you haven’t seen one before.
And here’s a whole group of ’em.
I did find this description of the fiber on the website of Windy Valley Muskox, based in Palmer, Alaska, who, incidentally, Amber, will be representing at Stitches East in Baltimore this November (6-9)!
Eight times warmer than wool and finer than cashmere, qiviut is hypoallergenic and will not shrink. Extremely rare, it is one of the most luxurious fibers you can choose for a garment. In contrast to wool, qiviut is soft, non-irritating to the skin, and is very durable. Qiviut garments are worn for years and can be hand washed in mild detergent. It does not shed, is odorless and retains warmth even when wet. It is an extremely warm, yet lightweight fiber that preserves heat in the winter, while also providing cool, breathable comfort in warmer weather.
Well, sure, OK, but at $90/oz or 218 yards, I don’t think I can afford even a scarf to ward off the cold and wet while still breathing. Hmmm.