Knit City Sneak Peek #2

The count down to Knit City continues! While we patiently wait for Knit City Weekend to arrive, here is another sneak peak of what you can expect Baaad Anna’s to bring this year.

Nunavut Qiviut

We are so excited to bring with us Nunavut Qiviut yarn to Knit City. Qiviut yarn is a rare Arctic luxury that comes from the remote town Kugluktuk and supports the traditional Inuit lifestyle of its community.

This ultra soft and light fibre is gorgeous to knit with and creates knitwear that is beyond imaginable!

100% Qiviut yarn! From left to right is ruby, plum, blue-green, midnight, moss, natural, and indigo. All 190 yards/oz, 2 ply, 1 oz lace skeins. Image from @nunavut_qiviut

What is Qiviut?

Known as the cashmere of the north, Qiviut (Ki-vee-oot) is an Inuit word describing the finest and warmest layer of fur or down on Arctic animals. Most commonly, Qiviut refers to the softest fur of the muskox that is underneath their heavy coat.

  • Qiviut from muskox is unusually warm, soft and strong relative to its weight.
  • It is not as elastic as wool.
  • Muskox Qiviut has an average staple length of 6.5 centimeters and a width of 17 microns or less.
  • Pure muskox qiviut cannot be pressed to form felt or shrink because of its lack of barbs and low elasticity.
  • Muskox qiviut contains no oils like lanolin in unprocessed wool.
  • Over time, with handling and washing of qiviut garments, the fibres ‘bloom’ with an aura of natural beauty and extra softness.

A Traditional Way of Life

Nunavut Qiviut’s source of fibre is the hides of wild-harvested muskox used for meat and fur by Inuit as part of their traditional economy and culture. This is the main source of qiviut in the world.

The highest and most dense natural population of muskox in the world is on the tundra near Kugluktuk, Nunavut. Today, regulations permit no more than 4% of the population can be harvested for food. This harvest is conducted primarily by Inuit in Canada.

Nunavut Qiviut

By bringing Nunavut Qivuit yarns with us to Knit City, we are directly supporting Inuit local economies and valuing the Inuit belief that every part of an animal be used and nothing wasted.

Nunavut Qiviut prides itself with being an open and transparent fibre company, and are happy to answer any questions about their yarn.

To be able to ask such questions and assess the answers– buyers should be well educated about qiviut and informed in all aspects of purchasing qiviut from any source – including Nunavut Qiviut!

Nunavut Qiviut

For more information, head over to their website to learn more.

Keep an eye out for our next Knit City teaser!

Don’t forget, tickets for Knit City are limited and can only be purchased online for a specific timeslot. Get yours now while they last; and as always, we are just down the street if you need a dose of fibre love.

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