Category Archives: Cashmere

Cashmere and exotic yarns


Orenburg Lace
Orenburg lace is knitted from the unique fibre of Ural Mountain goats.

Have you tried spinning this incredible luxury fibre?

Capricorn Cashmere
Soft cashmere is now grown in the U.S and is marketed through a cooperative of group of American entrepreneurs who produce and harvest humanely raised Cashmere.

Crescent Moon Fiber Mill
Qiviut and other luxury and exotic yarns, washing, picking, carding and spinning services.

What is Pashmina?
Pashmina or Indian cashmere, is considered to be the finest in the world, growing on hardy little goats living in the harsh climate of the Himalayas.

Forte Cashmere
Forte Cashmere’s site gives a brief history of cashmere.

Furlana Yarn Suppliers
Furlana in NZ has possum wool yarns and instructions on how to work with this fiber.

Look China
Look China imports exotic Chinese cashmere, camel, silk and yak spinning fibres and yarns for weavers, spinners and the textile community.

Louet carries exotic yarns and spinning fibres, including cashmere. Smaller sample packs are available for those who want to just try it out.
Nandia Cashmere

Nandia has a lovely selection of cashmere yarns for knitters and weavers, as well as spinning fibre.

Oomingmak Musk Ox Producers Co-operative
The Oomingmak cooperative is owned by approximately 250 native Alaskan women from remote coastal villages of Alaska.

Qiveut Creations

Colleen White knits and weaves luxurious garments made of the underwool of the musk ox.

The $5,000 Cashmere Sweater
William Loughborough tells a story of what can come from giving a child a cashmere sweater.

Fibreholics Homepage
Agnes Hauptli is a true fibreholic with a great selection of fibres to choose from: silks, wools, cottolins and even possum.

Scottish Fibres
Scotland’s online supplier of weaving, spinning and fibre supplies.

You Tube – Combing Cashmere Goats

Handspinning Books: Exotic Yarns

Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning (Teach Yourself Visually Consumer)
This visual guide shows you the basics, beginning with the tools and fibers, and takes you through spinning, plying, making novelty yarns, using exotic fibers, dyeing, and more.
UK: Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning

The Intentional Spinner
Offering a blend of technical knowledge, history, and easy-to-use tips, this inspiring collection of spinning wisdom deftly explores the three fundamental areas of yarn production: understanding fibers, managing yarn structure, and making yarns that precisely meet the spinner’s needs.
UK: Intentional Spinner

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Qiviut is a rare, incredibly soft and light-weight fiber. Qiviut is from the Inuit language, meaning the underwool of the Musk Ox or Oomingmak. There are several spellings of the word: qivitit, kiviuk, qiviuk, qiviute, qiveut, to name a few.

Musk Ox are found on the high arctic tundra in northern Canada and Greenland. They have been reintroduced to Russia and Norway. Musk ox in the wild are nomadic and travel about 1 mile per day between feeding areas. They migrate between moist lowlands in summer and high, barren plateaus in winter. To guard their young, musk ox travel in rings, the adults surrounding the young, protecting them from wolves and other attackers. Their diet consists of flowering plants, leaves and shrubs.

There are also a few domestic and research herds in Alaska, Canada and Montana.

Musk Ox grow 400 – 800 lbs. They have a long outer coat comprised of coarse guard hairs. Their inner downy coat allows them to survive the cold arctic winter. Qiviut is 8 times warmer than wool and is finer than cashmere. Qiviut doesn’t have natural elasticity like wool, and doesn’t shrink or felt and takes dye beautifully.

Musk ox shed their fiber once a year, yielding about 5 to 7 lbs. of fiber. Qiviut fiber collection, cleaning and dehairing is a very time consuming process as it is all done by hand. The yarn is spun in specialized cashmere factories. For handspinners, Silvia Becker offers advice on spinning qiviut.

The Musk Ox Company in Montana sells fiber and yarn for knitters. The yarns are available in several fashionable colors and patterns.

More about Qiviut

Exotic Yarns

Are you looking for some qiviut to spin? Here are links to some suppliers of exotic yarns.

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