This time of year we always ask the age old question.. what do you get the knitter who has everything? Well today I am here to tell you about my favorite luxury yarn gift!
If you really want to get a knitter something special and you have some mad money to spend, ( it is quite pricey) you can’t go wrong by getting them a little ball of Qiviut yarn!
A little info about this wonderful stuff! Qiviut is an Eskimo word which is translated as “down” or “underwool” in this case it is the fine undercoat of the muskox. Yep, that means this lovely yarn comes from these fellows:
From the folks at Windy Valley Musk Ox:
‘Qiviut is naturally a soft grayish-brown color, and is one of the warmest and most luxurious fibers in the world. 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.’
You can get different blends of this fiber, from the %100 qiviut, to blends with silk, Merino wool and sometimes cashmere! This fiber holds dye well and makes for some beautiful vibrant yarns!
Usually qiviut comes in a lace weight, since it is one of the warmest fibers out there, you don’t need or want it any heavier than that! One ball of the yarn typically will work out to a nice, shortish, lace scarf and will keep your neck nice and cozy, or a pair of fingerless mitts to keep your hands toasty!
Usually you will not find this yarn at your local yarn shop. I usually find it at sheep and wool shows, or my online favorite is Windy Valley Musk Ox !
There are other interesting yarns out there made from all kinds of crazy stuff, from buffalo and possums or crabs, to sugar cane or soy and seaweed you name it it’s probably out there made into yarn!
If you could get any yarn on your wish list, what would it be?