Today, I’d like to share with you a small fantasy of mine. It involves going to Alaska and smuggling home a muskox. See how fluffy and cute they are? Aren’t their noses just adorable? Who wouldn’t love that face? Besides being cuddly and decorative, muskoxen produce a highly valuable wool fiber called qiviut. Much like the muskox it came from, qiviut is ridiculously soft, warm, and durable.
Since the Inuit collectives who farm these creatures probably would not take kindly to my trying to kidnap one of their four-legged income sources, I will probably have to settle for merely obtaining a garment made from qiviut. For the past ten years now, I’ve been trying to justify spending a few hundred dollars on a single lacy shawl or nachaq (lovely cowl-type neck accessory). Southern California weather was not kind to me in that regard. After this past frigid Finnish winter, however, I think I finally have a very good justification.
A gorgeous traditionally-patterned lace cowl made of fuzzy, happy, non-scratchy, 8-times-warmer-than-sheep, shrink-proof muskox down, hand-crafted by adorable little Inuit ladies sitting in their merry knitting circle. I must have one!