Do you see that?
Up there ↑
That luscious skein of yarn. Oh…wait. I shouldn’t really call it yarn because that just isn’t some ordinary skein. Oh no. That, my friends, is qiviut. Yup, that’s right. QIVIUT. And this is the story of how this beautiful skein came to live with me. It’s a love story.
My husband is a motorcycle man. He loves riding his motorcycle. Not just around town. He’s gone on a few cross-country trips, usually with his brother. They’ve gone to Sturgis, ridden Route 66 all the way to the east coast and back and this year they rode to Alaska.
Here they are on their way to Alaska. My husband is the handsome one on the right.
Now, you may be wondering what this has to do with that gorgeous skein of yarn but trust me, this is where the love story starts.
Usually before my husband leaves on one of these trips he will ask me what I’d like him to bring me back. And usually I say “I don’t know, a cup, a shirt, whatever”. But this time I thought wouldn’t it be fantastic to have some Alaskan yarn. But…I know my husband knows NOTHING about yarn. So…if I wanted yarn from Alaska I was going to have to research some out and tell him exactly what I wanted.
Actually, let me go back a couple of months because that’s really where this story starts. I was watching a podcast, and I’m sorry I don’t remember the podcast, but they mentioned qiviut. I had never heard of qiviut. Obviously if was some kind of yarn because they were talking about knitting with it. And it sounded like ammmaaazing stuff. But what was this “qiviut”? I had no idea.
Well, a little time went by and this qiviut stuff totally escaped my mind.
Then, when I was doing my research for the Alaskan yarn I wanted my husband to bring me, what came up but this qiviut stuff. So I started reading about it and found out that qiviut is supposed to be the softest yarn on earth. It’s made from the fine undercoat of the muskox. According to the Arctic Qiviut website – It is one of the most sought after fibers in the world because of its rarity, softness and warmth. Qiviut is softer than cashmere and is light as a feather. It’s an insulating fiber and is comfortable to wear in any climate. Qiviut is eight times warmer than sheep wool. Pure qiviut is non-shrinkable, non-felting and is often safe for people who suffer from sheep wool allergies. Unlike wool, qiviut is not scratchy. The more you handle and wash qiviut, the softer it feels.
But…this wonderful luxury fiber has a drawback. The price. This stuff is expensive. A skein of 100% pure qiviut on the Bijou Basin Ranch website is listed for $198.00. Yes…one (1) skein. Just one. 58 grams. You didn’t read that wrong. $198.00 for one 58 gram skein.
It’s beautiful yarn but I was never going to see any in my stash. Or so I thought.
I happend to mention this yarn to my husband. Never, in a million years, expecting him to get me a skein. I was just telling him about it and how expensive it was.
Well…my wonderful, totally best husband on the earth brought me back a skein of qiviut from Alaska. Now…this is not pure qiviut. It’s a blend – 60% qiviut, 20% superwash merino and 20% silk. But I know even this blend was pricey as he forgot to take the sticker off. And it is gooooorgeous. It is so soft. I can’t even begin to describe how soft it is. And the color is just beautiful.
This is Arctic Treasure from Arctic Qiviut in North Pole, Alaska in the colorway Kenai Blue.
So how will you know when he’s the one? When he buys you qiviut honey.
You see…I told you this was a love story.
Until next time…
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