Unique characteristics of Qiviut include:
“If you love to knit, this is one of the most special investments you can make in yarn or a project. Very much worth the splurge!”
Yarns are 1oz 28 grams lace weight and 217.41 yards per ball.
The size of the needles/crochet and gauge really depend on the pattern. We have projects that use size US 00 all the way to size US 7, the size most common is US 5 or 3.75mm.
Qiviut is Among the Finest and Rarest Natural Fibers in the World
Qiviut is a lovely soft yarn that knits like a dream. Knitters often say that qiviut makes cashmere feel rough in comparison.
A fiber so unique, consider treating yourself to the finest quality yarn worthy of your time and effort. Qiviut does not shed, it's odorless, and retains warmth even when wet.
Qiviut has the smallest production per year than any other natural fiber including Vicuna. Not only a rare beauty but a true experience to knit with.
Gentle on your hands to knit, buttery soft to wear! Extremely warm, lightweight fiber that preserves heat in the winter, while also providing cool, breathable comfort in warmer weather.
Where does Qiviut come from?
From the delicate under-wool of the Arctic Muskox
Muskox are prehistoric goats that currently live in the northern arctic region.
They’re survivals of the last ice age that co-existed with Mammoths and Mastodons.
The insulating warmth of qiviut is one of the principal reasons Muskox can survive the arctic winters.
Their long outer layer, known as the “guard hair” protects the Muskox from the cold arctic winters.
Underneath the long guard hair is the fine undercoat of the Muskox known as qiviut (kiv-ee-ute) in the Native Alaskan Inuit language.
Since Muskox aren’t domesticated, our fibers are collected off the bushes and tundra where the muskox had shed.
Because of this, production is often very limited.
See What Our Knitters Are Saying!
There is something like an 'aura' around this product...
“As to the Pure Qiviut Yarn, which fascinated me most: I never touched something so light and fine, yet warm and strong. One has to touch and experience it oneself.”
I had to splurge and make myself something special
"Windy Valley Muskox yarns is the place for exceptional wool. They are unlike any company I have ever shopped in the past. Besides great customer service, their products are beyond compare."
Try just one skein, you will be hooked
“If you're looking for very special fibers to make yourself a present or to make a special gift for another, like a shawl for a bridal gift, Windy Valley is a great place to start your search.”
Worked hard and my treat to self was a single ball of 100% Quiviut yarn…..knitting up a pair of fingerless mitts. A joy to work with, gorgeous knit fabric.
This is like knitting with mist. I made a neck warmer and it is a delight to wear, especially under a jacket. Expensive, but worth while for a special gift.
A few years ago I knit myself a rather plain cowl with this yarn. It was a splurge for me after a once in a life time trip to Alaska. I just made a up a simple pattern that fit around my neck in rib stitch and I wore it for several winters, and it was so warm that I could get away with driving to work and running into the office in the winter with out a winter coat and I live in Illinois! Much to my dismay, the cowl was attacked by moths in my mud room one summer and I unraveled the whole thing and reknit it up and wore it a couple more years! I am finally investing in a few new balls which I intend to store in a plastic bag when not in use. The thing is, it really is a lot more warm than wool and worth the splurge for walking the dog in winter etc. The combination yarns they sell are also very very beautiful and I at times will mix them with a fine merino hand dyed yarn for a marl appearance and even more warmth for a scarf or a pair of hand warmers for someone i really love or myself. I highly recommend this company's products. A fun splurge if you can afford it!
This yarn is unlike anything I’ve worked with before - light as air but strong and easy to work with. Customer service was very helpful when I needed another ball of a specific dyelot. Finished products with this yarn are unbelievably warm without weight, with beautiful drape and hand feel. Takes blocking exceptionally well.
Frequently Asked Questions
Once you finish knitting your project, please block it.
For next washes please use a mild soap and do not wring. Roll up with a towel and gently squeeze out all the water. Scrunch the garment into a small mound and shape as it dries.
1 skein: scarf, hat, neck warmer, or fingerless gloves.
2 skeins: hat, gloves, smokering, cowls, or small shawl.
4-5 skeins: shawl or vest.
8+ skeins: shawl or sweater.
Muskox shed their under-wool fiber naturally each spring, which is then hand-collected from either the tundra, bushes, or branches. We work with locals in Northern communities to gather the fiber.
We get this precious Muskox resource with a clear commitment to social and environmental responsibility.
Also, it is important to mention that we purchase the yarns directly from the source, like Vicuna from Peru, Guanaco from Argentina, Qiviut from the Arctic