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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Knitting bloggers protest drilling

The blogNake-id Knits has spawned a knitting protest to condemn the U.S. Senate's action to push ahead with oil drilling at ANWR. Ironically, and perhaps appropriately, they are knitting garments from the fur of the Musk Ox, that unique ungulate native to ANWR.

The linked post includes a helpful listing of places to obtain the ox fur, called qiviut, which is considered a "status fiber" and commands a high price. It is said to be eight times warmer by weight than wool, and working with it is "like knitting with butterfly wings."