Tuesday, May 11, 2010
ABC--Q is for Musk Ox
No, actually, I do know my letters. But Q is quite difficult to do after five rounds of ABC Wednesday. You want to be original.
We saw the musk oxen at the Wildlife Center in Girdwood, Alaska, on our trip there last fall. The sign calls them "Ice Age Relics", and they do look ready for the Ice Age, don't they.
The Q comes in because the prized wool from the underbelly of the musk ox is called qiviut. (KIV ee ut) It is soft and warm and highly sought after. A small skein of qiviut yarn sells for about $60.