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Arctic Qiviut - Arctic Dream 2 Ply - Glacier Blue 29g Skein

Product code: CA2388
£60.02
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This blend is 55% Qiviut, 30% Cashmere and 15% Cultivated Silk. The exclusive Arctic Dream yarn is made with the softest qiviut from the saddle area of the muskox to add durability, softness, warmth and an insulating value for any climate. White cashmere is added for its softness, natural crimp, insulating properties and for its lofty lightweight. Cultivated Bombay silk is blended in to add strength, durability, warmth, luster and holds dye well. This qiviut blend feels like a dream to work with for weavers, knitters and crochet artists.

Yarn Details:

Brand: Arctic Qiviut - Arctic Dream

Fibre: 55% Qiviut / 30% Cashmere / 15% Silk

Yarn Weight: 2 Ply

Yarn Length: 218 /437 Yards

Ball/Skein Weight: 29 / 58 Grams

Available in 30 exclusive colour blends

Care Information: Lukewarm hand wash only. Dry flat.

Do not machine dry. Do not iron.

Qiviut

Muskox is a very old species they have been around since the time of the woolly mammoth. Most live in the Arctic, Canada, Alaska, and Greenland. Qiviut is not another term for the muskox but refers to the soft downy undercoat. A mature male produces around 6 to 8 pounds of muskox raw fleece fiber. After processing the 6 to 8 pounds of muskox raw fleece fiber you will yield about 2 to 3 pounds of cleaned qiviut ready for spinning into yarn. It is one of the lightest and warmest of all the natural fibers. Qiviut feels wonderful next to the skin. Qiviut is often blended with silk, fine merino, and now with angora, cashmere, and baby alpaca.

Characteristics and Properties of Qiviut:

8 times warmer than wool

Light weight

Insulating fiber comfortable in any climate

Non shrinkable

Non felting

Non-inching

Safe for people who suffer from wool allergies

Softer than cashmere

Microns: 10 -12

Wild muskox 16.5 micron in yearlings to 18.2 micron in adults and from 17.5 micron in adult  females to 18.2 micron in adult males

Color: gray-brown, dyes easily

Staple length: 3.5–7 cm (1.5–3 inches)

6 to 8 pounds of muskox fiber yields 2 to 3 pounds of Qiviut per Muskox

Cashmere

Cashmere is an extremely soft, luxury fabric made from the hair of the Kashmir goat. Native to India, Tibet, Turkistan, Iran, Iraq, and China, the Kashmir goat produces hair with a lofty feel and natural crimp.

Technically, cashmere is the downy wool that grows beneath the goat's coarser outer hair and is gathered by combing the goat rather than clipping it. Only 4 to 6 ounces of cashmere can be harvested per goat each year. Fortunately for us, this naturally produced material is also extremely fine; a single cashmere fiber is less than 19 microns in diameter.

The natural crimp of cashmere fibers helps them interlock during processing and allows the fibers to be spun into a very fine and lightweight fabric. The crimp of the fiber correlates with the fineness of the spun yarn and the softness of the finished product. The yarn retains the loft of the fibers which makes it warm without weight. Because of its extreme warmth, light weight, and softness against skin, cashmere is used in sweaters, scarves, and undergarments.

Because cashmere has high moisture content, its insulating properties change with the amount of humidity in the air, making it comfortable in all climates (even warm ones).

Characteristics and Properties of Cashmere Wool:

Is a luxury fiber

Is lightweight and lofty

Natural crimp

Adjusts to humidity in the air for adaptability in all climates.

Microns: average 16-19

Color: shades of grey, brown, white

Staple length: 5-7cm (21/2-3 inches)

Only 4 to 6 ounces of cashmere can be harvested per goat each year

Bombay Silk

India has been cultivating silk moths and producing silk since the ancient times. The fiber is derived from the cocoon formed by the caterpillar of the silk moth. The caterpillar feeds on mulberry leaves and forms the cocoon by a single thread of silk which is its saliva. This strand of silk is later unwound and converted into a usable thread. Production of silk in this process is known as sericulture

Silk fibers were meant for the rich and powerful in India since the ancient times. Ancient texts and mythological tales tell us that for a long time, silk fibers were specially cultured and developed for royalty. Times have changed, and now anybody can buy silk products. However, silk still remains one of the most sought after and expensive fibers. Silk fabrics are valued due to their luster and drape ability. Silk fibers are used to make fabric and yarn. Silk fiber is blended with other fibers to make yarn to add strength, durability, warmth, and luster.

Unlike cotton, which is graded in counts, silk is graded in deniers. In cotton the lesser the count the thicker the material and the higher the count the thinner the material. While in silk it is the opposite with the lesser denier producing a finer silk and a thicker denier producing a heavier silk.

Characteristics and Properties of Bombay Silk:

Staple length: 4 inch long

Natural strength and durability

Holds dye well

Comfortable and cool in summer and warm in winter

Luster

Warmth

Holds dye well

High absorbency to dampness & odor

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