In my reading about Alaska before my cruise in June, I not only learned about the Russian heritage of Alaska (which I hadn't really thought about previously, though I seem to recall learning something about that way back when), but I of course set my sites on some qiviut. I first learned about qiviut as a fiber in the mid-80's when I first really really got into knitting after learning as a child. I think I've always wanted some, but held out to be able to touch it, feel it and choose my own.
SO, in my Internet reading about Alaska prior to my trip, I went to maps.google.com and searched for yarn shops in every port of call I knew I'd have daylight hours to spend. I found yarn shops in Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan, but the one in Sitka was a bit out of town, and I wasn't feeling up to the hike (though the kind shop owner said if I got there, she'd get me a ride back to the ship). I did manage to visit the shops in Juneau and Ketchikan. In Juneau, I found Skeins Fine Yarns (I can't find a webpage for them). There I selected a sage green qiviut/silk blend that feels heavenly. I got a single skein, from which I will make myself a narrow scarf. Qiviut being a very warm fiber, a narrow scarf should be sufficient.
In Ketchikan, I found the Mission Streets Arts and Fibers a few blocks from the pier. There, I found a lovely screen print canvas bag for DD as well as a skein of 100% qiviut in the natural brown color, and 2 oz of qiviut spinning fiber to play with on the wheel. I feel like I've died and gone to heaven with these three finds!
Anyone have any suggestions for one skein luxury lace scarf patterns for the qiviut?