Pure Qiviut: 100% Pure Qiviut Yarn
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!”
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.”
Mixed with another yarn(I used baby alpaca) Qiviut makes a super warm but light hat that stands up to our cold winter
The order process was great. The fiber arrived very quickly. Saw the discount on the site, but not good on yarn purchase. 😢
I am really enjoying knitting a scarf with the Qiviut yarn recently purchased. It has a lovely hand, and the lace pattern is enhanced by its texture.
Lovely fiber. Super fast and friendly! Understanding of the challenges of shipping things to Canada.
I ordered 2 skeins of the 2/14 for a lace shawl. It knits up at 24 spi on size 4 needles, and is double plied. It's an incredibly light fiber, with an exceptional halo. I briefly experimented with metal needles (just, don't) and bamboo (those blunt tips makes me nuts) before settling back into my knitpicks. As with other fibers with a nice halo, tear backs are a delicate event, you might consider practicing your lace on a more durable fiber until you have the lace dialed in before casting this lovely fiber onto your project needles, but a single tear out didn't do much damage for me. The hand is incredible, and the weight defies perception - like knitting a cloud. It wasn't cheap, and I feel spoiled to be working with such an exceptional fiber. You might consider heavily moisturizing your hands, my organic farmer mitts are a touch rough, but once oiled I wasn't snagging the yarn as I worked. A true pleasure to work with.
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