Knitting Projects and Stories Inspired by Alaska’s Native Knitters Qiviut, or musk ox down, is a world-class fiber—luxurious, warm, and lightweight
People who experience it become obsessed. Qiviut makes perfect hand-knitted lace, as demonstrated by the Alaskan artisans of Oomingmak Musk Ox Producers’ Co-op. This book presents how-tos for knitting and designing lace, projects suited to new as well as experienced lace knitters, yarn sources, and comprehensive cultural background.
A simple step-by-step introduction to knitting and designing lace.
Applicable to any yarn. Fifteen projects, for beginning to intermediate lace knitters. Information about the history and use of qiviut, possibly the world’s most exquisite fiber.
Stories about Yup’ik and Inupiat women and their culture.
Introduction: The Oomingmak Knitter’s Co-op
Chapter 1: The Yup’ik and Inupiat People
Chapter 2: Villages and Knitters
Chapter 3: Musk Oxen
Chapter 4: Qiviut Fiber and Yarn
Chapter 5: History of the Co-op and Musk Ox Farm
Chapter 6: Lace Knitting Workshop
Chapter 7: Projects
Chapter 8: Designing Your Own
- Patterns: 15
- Pages: 192 pages | Black & White
- Publisher: Nomad Press
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0966828976
- ISBN-13: 978-0966828979
- ASIN: B004LLKQXA
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
You will receive a signed copy by Donna Druchunas. After you purchase your book, you can always contact me here for questions about the book or the Co-op up in Alaska.
Donna Druchunas is an expert knitwear designer whose work has been showcased in Family Circle, Easy Knitting, Interweave Knits, PieceWork, Knitter’s, INKnitter’s, and Fiber Focus magazines. In “Arctic Lace: Knitted Projects And Stories Inspired By Alaska’s Native Knitters”, Donna has created a 192-page, single-volume workshop on knitting and designing lace with an Inuit flair. In addition to the fifteen individual “user friendly” projects provided with careful step-by-step instructions, “Arctic Lace” is enhanced with 171 b/w photographs, 91 b/w illustrations, 28 tables, 11 sidebars, an extensive bibliography, and a comprehensive index. These projects are adaptable to any yarn and demonstrate to even the most novice needlecrafter just how to make the most of luxury fibers. There is even extensive background information on the natural history of musk oxen, conservation efforts, and the fiber quality and use of their fur which is the source of Qiviut (or musk ox down), felt by many to be the world’s warmest, lightest-weight fiber and a mainstay of Alaska’s native knitters. “Arctic Lace” is a unique and enthusiastically recommended addition to any dedicated needlecrafter reference collection.
– Midwest book review
I really enjoy this book. It is a unique and fascinating look at handwork in a part of the world I know little about. The lace patterns are sweet but VERY basic so if you were thinking that you would advance in your lacework, you won’t get that from this book. I also felt that some color photos would have punched up the book an awful lot.
The north star tam is a unique pattern and if you are a hat knitter,this book is worth it for that alone. I was quite impressed that the author bothered to show the hat in both a conventional wool and qiviut. Nice touch!
Don’t be put off by the qiviut discussion…the author handles this well and these designs can be worked up in fingering or lace weight yarns easily.
– Amazon Reader