(MOCO or Musk Ox Company, founded by Nancy Bender.)
All MOCO Qiviut Yarns are currently in stock and will remain available!
Please be advised prices for Qiviut increased February 1, 2012.
MOCO Yarns & Fibers Qiviut Sample Cards $10.00, including postage.
Download the MOCO Qiviut Brochure for easy reference.
Every skein is hand wound by me so every inch passes through my fingers! I guarantee them to be KNOT-FREE! If you'd like to save 10% ask me to look for skeins with one knot as some are unavoidable. Any yarns with 2 or more knots are cut up and used for sample cards or my knit samples. Qiviut is a terrible thing to waste!
Bender of MOCO Yarns and The Musk Ox Company in Montana, with 12 years
experience raising musk oxen for their fiber, explains the
exceptional qualities of MOCO Yarns Qiviut:
Did you know that musk ox are
most closely related to goats? Cows stand approximately 48 inches tall and weigh
approximately 400-500 pounds, while bulls stand approximately 60 inches and
weigh 600-800 pounds. Musk oxen, native to Arctic regions in Canada, Greenland,
and Alaska, were hunted to extinction in Alaska in the 1850's. A herd of 34 from
Greenland was reintroduced in 1930. Thank you Greenland!
Qiviut is a remarkable fiber! It blooms beautifully, swelling and becoming softer and warmer the more it is handled. Both the Lace weights and the Fingering weights can be considered lace weights by most standards. The Sport weights can be considered fingering weights by most standards. Due to Qiviut's blooming characteristics these fine weights can be worked on needles much larger than standard lace weight fibers. I recommend using needles size US 3-6 for all 3 weights even in stockinet and needles size US 0-4 for the finer 45/45/10 Qiviut/Merino/Silk Cobweb Lace weight. Qiviut alone does not have the elasticity of wool so garments can lengthen about 10% with washing. These qualities make it perfectly suited for lace work and scarves or shawls though it also works wonderfully for anything you like to make or wear. I do recommend using needles 2 sizes smaller coupled with fewer stitches for ribbings in hats or garments. Fondle to your heart's content, Qiviut only improves! Ah, the rewards for the tactile artists...
You will notice a few changes to MOCO Yarns as of summer 2005. I will now be keeping track of dye lots on every skein. This should make matching colors far easier for me as well as you! Most of these are dyed in small 1 or 2Lb lots and I will make every effort to send matching colors when more than one skein is ordered in the same color. If you find you did not order quite enough yarn to finish your project, please do let me know as soon as possible so I can be sure to have the additional matching dye lot yarn you need set aside. If you need numerous skeins in a particular color that I can't match exactly I will have your yarns dyed-to-order! Solid color yarns are all commercially dyed so colors do not vary much at all. Mountain Colors Hand Dyed Yarns all vary by dye lot and individually so I will make every effort to match each skein as closely as possible, dye lots will vary even more so.
Pictured Left to Right
Four exquisite colorways Hand Painted by Mountain Colors, available in 3 of the 100% Qiviut & Qiviut Blend Yarns. Fingering weight 100% Qiviut Yarn pictured. Larger detail image for comparison if you're having trouble deciding which multi-color you want!
Dyed Solid Colors 100% Qiviut & 70/20/10 Qiviut Blend Yarns
These images compare 100% Qiviut Fingering weight on top and 70-20-10 Qiviut-Merino-
Some of these new colors would be impossible to produce in the darker 100% Qiviut.
These adorable dolls are hand made using the reconstituted guard hairs of the muskox for the body and alpaca for the manes. Leather is used for the horns, their feet are suede, and their eyes are glass. Each is unique. The guard hairs are far softer than I'd imagined so they're cuddly and collectible. Start your own easy maintenance herd, I have! Large muskox detail image here.
Small - 6"H x 8"L x 4"W...$105
A comparison image of the Sapphire dyed 100% Qiviut, 70/20/10 Qiviut/Merino/Silk blend, and the 45/45/10 Qiviut/Merino/Silk blend, from different dye lots so keep this in mind. This is just to give you a visual idea of how the different yarns take dyes. The second comparison image contains the Natural colored 100% Qiviut, 70/20/10 Qiviut/Merino/Silk blend, and the 45/45/10 Qiviut/Merino/Silk blend. Here you can see that the pure Qiviut is naturally darker than the two containing blended fibers, the 45/45/10 blend being the lightest. This explains why they take dyes differently!
All information here is current, last price update: Wednesday, February 1, 2012