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Qiviut care

Posted on January 22, 2017 by craig t

It's important to wash your completed qiviut project so the fibers can blossom developing the signature soft qiviut halo.

Washing your completed qiviut project is recommended. Washing releases the delicate fiber tips for an even softer fabric and enhanced halo. The basic washing instructions from the mill are as follows:

Soak your finished qiviut project in 59 - 77 f (15 - 25 c) water for 15 to 25 minutes, longer soaks = fluffier halo. Use non-alkaline detergent for soak and hand wash (baby shampoo is OK). Rinse, dry flat in the shade.

Blending in ultra-fine merino and silk adds strength, body, memory, drape and reduces shedding and doesn't diminish the lightweight softness of the qiviut whatsoever.

I am able to offer my qiviut at "relatively" low prices because I buy in large quantities and possess a global sourcing network second to none. This qiviut fiber is collected from a heard in northern Siberia, the qiviut  is then spun into knitting yarn in Mongolia and sent directly to me.

The fine undercoat of the muskox is called qiviut (kiv-ee-ute).
50 gram wound balls, about 284 yards (260 m) 
The fiber length is about 28 - 30 mm and average around 12 - 15 microns.
Qiviut is naturally a soft taupe-ish brown color and is one of most luxurious fibers in the world.
Qiviut is eight times warmer than wool.
Qiviut is hypoallergenic, softer than cashmere, non-irritating to the skin, and is very durable. 
Qiviut garments are worn for years and can be hand washed with mild non-alkaline detergents. 
Qiviut is odorless and stays warm even when wet. Qiviut is an extremely warm lightweight fiber that traps heat in the winter, but is also breathable; truly a stunning four season fiber.

    100% Tibetan Yak care instructions

    Posted on January 04, 2017 by craig t

    100% Tibetan Yak machine washing instructions

    Machine washing your completed garment is an important last step for your project; your yarn will blossom filling in stitches and the overall hand will soften noticeably.

    • Place your garment in a delicates mesh laundry bag
    • Use PH balanced (low alkaline) detergent (Woolite or baby shampoo are OK)
    • Soak your completed project in cool water < 68 F (20 C) for 15 minutes
    • Set machine to gentle cycle
    • Dry flat in the shade

    Notes:

    • As with any animal protein fiber in some cases minor shrinking may occur with the first wash.
    • Very important to use PH balanced non-alkaline detergent like Woolite or even baby shampoo; using an alkaline detergent could harm the fibers.
    • Optional; testers have experimented tumble drying their garments, no heat setting, in the dryer to maximize blossoming. This step is optional, please exercise great care.

    100% Tibetan Yak hand washing instructions

    Hand washing your knit garment allows the delicate fibers to blossom filling in stitches; your fabric will develop a soft halo that will only get softer with every wash. As with any animal protein fiber in some cases minor shrinking may occur with the first wash.

    • Important to use a non-alkaline detergent, baby shampoo or Woolite are fine. Alkaline detergents can harm delicate animal protein fibers.
    • Soak your knit garment in cold water for 5 - 10 minutes
    • Add no-alkaline detergent or baby shampoo, hand wash your garment in the sudsy water
    • Rinse
    • Dry flat in the shade

    New Kid Cashmere

    Posted on January 17, 2016 by craig t

    Kid Cashmere is the softest, rarest and most luxurious cashmere (or yarn for that matter) you'll ever have the pleasure of experiencing. These ultra fine fibers are humanely combed from the shoulders and flanks of baby (kid) cashmere goats less than a year old. Born in the north western part of Inner Mongolia, home to the finest cashmere on earth, my new Kid Cashmere lace wt. is the rarest of the rare; it's unimaginably soft, lighter than a feather and oh-so warm. This fiber is exceedingly scarce, each young cashmere goat, (kid) only produces 30 grams of fiber in it's lifetime! This fiber is more precious than vicuna or qiviut. The fibers from these kid cashmere goats are incredibly fine averaging only 13 - 13.5 microns in diameter (a human hair is 45 to 90); it's the thinnest softest cashmere fiber you'll ever find anywhere, bar none.

    What a joy and treat it is for me to be able to deliver this amazing fiber to you. 

    Why Alashan Cashmere is so special

    Posted on November 17, 2015 by craig t

    Alashan cashmere comes from the Alashanzuoqi white cashmere goat. These unique cashmere goats are only found on the Alashan Terrace which is located to the west part of the Inner Mongolian plateau. Selective breeding for down production has occurred since 1970. The Alashanzuoqi cashmere goat produces extremely fine long white cashmere renowned for its gorgeous luster and ultra-soft fiber. The average doe down production is 251 grams at a diameter of 14.5 µm.

    Alashan cashmere is rare and incredibly soft, it possesses unusually excellent body and drape for such a soft fiber; it even has memory and bounce unheard of for such a light weight soft yarn.

    A note from an early Cashmere Co-op Alashan Cashmere customer…
    Wow. Wowwowwowwow. I just swatched and washed my dark blue that arrived this morning….and I. Am. Blown. Away. More colors please! More gauges! Just more more more please! This is extraordinary yarn…and I am no stranger to luxury fibers, oh no. But this alashan cashmere is exquisite.

    My tester commented... The Alashan Cashmere yarn is just beautiful!... The Alashan Cashmere yarn is just too beautiful, with great drapes, a light weight yarn that is luxuriously soft and my Ivy Line sweater is so warm! Love it!... Lunette is truly a beautiful and well charted pattern. The perfect top curve edging is amazing! This is my second Lunette. The first one was in size small. I decided to use my favourite yarn, the 100% Alashan Cashmere in Ash colour way. I thought this very beautiful yarn would be perfect for this pattern. I knit the large size to get more drape. I cast on using size 5.0 mm needle. I love the result! The Alashan Cashmere has beautiful stitch definition, drape and this fine yarn has created gorgeous butterfly wings!... The Alashan Cashmere is just too beautiful in every way, making every project special!... 

     

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