The Qiviut Co-op is an organization that uses the super soft underwool from the Arctic musk ox. The wool comes from local farms and is shed naturally from the animal each spring. It is super-duper warm. (Are you enjoying my excessive use of the word 'super' yet? I'll throw it in a few more times just in case). The fibers are spun into yarn and distributed to Native Alaskans from villages all over Alaska who hand knit the items for sale in the shop. Each of the villages have distinct patterns and there are often stories to each of the patterns. Did I mention that the yarn is super cozy, too? (See, there it is again :).
So, after all of this swooning, you can probably guess that I just had to purchase something.
And a close up of the pattern.
If you are lucky enough to make it to Anchorage, AK, definitely stop by the Oomingmak Musk Ox Co-op. Or visit their website. Definitely work the $ !!