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Topic: hot damn! i want this yarn! *musk ox yarn*  (Read 2135 times)
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« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2006 10:08:03 PM »

I have 3 25-gram skeins of qiviut. I work at a yarn shop and the owner died, so we got to raid her stash. (It was really more solemn than that, but yarn shop owners have nice stashes!) So now I have these 3 skeins of qiviut, each in a different color. They're tiny, and probably only good for lace weight work. Any suggestions of something I could make that I could actually wear? As a man, I feel my options are limited.
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« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2006 01:46:03 PM »

Musk oxen are not endangered in Greenland. They have lived here since before the iceage, and still they are a source of meat and fur for the inuit people. As they have been for thousands of years.

Greenlandic musk ox yarn are for sale here: www.arnica.dk (for english click the british flag) and more information on: www.qiviut.dk

I have lived in Greenland for many years, and love knitting in qiviut - it is the most extraordinary yarn.

Arnica
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« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2006 03:16:26 PM »

Musk oxen are not endangered in Greenland. They have lived here since before the iceage, and still they are a source of meat and fur for the inuit people. As they have been for thousands of years.

Thanks, Arnica! Cheesy

I didn't know about how numerous they were in Greenland, so I just didn't mention it. But it's nice to know their numbers are healthy there!  Grin
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« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2006 05:44:17 PM »

damn, musk ox are cute!
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« Reply #14 on: April 06, 2008 06:21:31 PM »

Very very delayed post - The musk ox farm is AMAZING!!
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I hope you enjoyed your time here! [Alaska]
[Assuming you dont live here.]
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« Reply #15 on: April 07, 2008 01:13:12 PM »

It looks like awesome yarn, but is this ox endangered or is it that not many people are making yarn?  That's just a crazy price and was wondering why it's so rare...any incite??

I live in Anchorage Alaska and there is a reason why this yarn is so rare and expensive. MUSK OX STINK. They are (usually) grouchy, too. If you walk too close to the fence they will charge you. The Palmer Musk Ox Farm is really cool if anyone has a chance to go, but there are also Musk Ox at the Anchorage Zoo. I have seen them pen up a musk ox and brush out the fiber. Its really cool but SOO stinky. And sometimes there are baby musk ox!!!
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« Reply #16 on: April 07, 2008 04:24:06 PM »

one of the ladies in my knitting group knit a scarf for her sister out of quivik (sp?).  of course, i had to touch it, and by jove it is indeed the softest thing i've ever touched in my life.   softer than puppy ears!  and it wasn't stinky at all!  i think they probably process it to remove the musk odor.
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dancingbarefoot
« Reply #17 on: April 08, 2008 12:20:18 PM »

I live in Anchorage Alaska and there is a reason why this yarn is so rare and expensive. MUSK OX STINK. They are (usually) grouchy, too. If you walk too close to the fence they will charge you.

Well, that's surely not the only reason.  Wink Among other factors, each animal only yields a small amount of fiber each year.

Aren't the babies adorable? The Alaska Zoo is almost always caring for some orphaned ones, and they're just so fuzzy and cute!  Grin
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