It took me about 20 minutes to collect this.
And for once, Crackers our family dog is not the culprit.
She is a hairball all by herself. I have considered giving it a go at spinning some of her fur. Her fur ends up being part of my clothing anyway.
OK…now why on earth would I want to collect this hairball?
Well… it is mixed up with some really good stuff.
The hairball is made up of musk ox guard hairs that I pulled… yes one by one… from raw qiviut fiber.
I came across a booth at the fair that had a collection of knitted and woven items made from qiviut.
They also had yarn and raw fiber of which I purchased 2 ounces…
along with this brooch, “Spirit of the Musk Ox” designed and made by a local artist.
I have checked a few sites about how to remove guard hairs and for the small amount of fiber that I have, pulling them out by hand seems to be my only option. If I had a larger amount, there are some mills that could do it. If anyone has any suggests, please let know.
The pic shows the raw qiviut on the right and the de-haired qiviut on the left. I hope to have at least an ounce and a half when I’m finished.
The qiviut is so, so soft and will be well worth all this effort.