Muskox wool, however, does not smell - and is the most luxurious fiber on earth! The muskox coat is a mix of black, gray and brown with long guard hairs that almost reach the ground. You don't want coarse guard hairs ... it's the soft undercoat called qiviut (pronounced kee-vee-ute) that feels like butter in your hands. Qiviut is eight times warmer than sheep's wool and retains its warmth even when wet. Qiviut is the Eskimo word for "undercoat" - and who knows more about warm fiber than an Eskimo!
|Pure Qiviut in Brooks Blue|
Each spring the muskox naturally sheds its undercoat and domesticated animals are combed by hand to collect the glorious fiber. Each animal produces from four to six pounds of qiviut - that's not much! (By comparison a sheep, which is much smaller, produces about eight pounds of wool a year.) After washing and combing the qiviut, you have about three pounds of usable fiber.
|Bluebell Rib Qiviut Scarf|
You deserve it - you've been good! Splurge on exotic qiviut yarn and be the envy of all your friends.
Happy Knitting! Amy