by Patti
(Moscow Idaho USA)

I was reading a book and rovers and qiviut came up several times. I was wondering what those words meant.

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Jun 30, 2024
meaning of 'rovers' and 'qiviut'
by: Ratchadawan

Hello Patti,

I don't know what those terms mean but here is what I found out.

### Rovers
In the context of knitting and fibers, "rovers" could be a misunderstanding of "roving." **Roving** refers to a long and narrow bundle of fiber that has been carded, a process that disentangles and organizes the fibers, but has not yet been spun into yarn. Roving is often used in spinning to create yarn but can also be used in felting and other fiber arts.

### Qiviut
**Qiviut** (pronounced "kiv-ee-oot") is the soft underwool of the muskox. It is one of the warmest and softest natural fibers available and is highly prized for its luxurious feel and insulating properties. Qiviut is often spun into yarn and used to make high-quality garments such as scarves, hats, and sweaters. It is lightweight, warmer than wool, and doesn't shrink in water.

Both terms are related to fiber arts, with roving being a preparation stage for fibers and qiviut being a type of high-quality fiber.

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