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FAQs

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Where's the yarn? I have limited shop opening hours, sort of like an online pop-up shop. I usually "open" the shop once a month, for 3 to 4 days at a time. Sign up for my newsletter to find out when the next shop opening will be.

Do you have a brick and mortar shop? No. I run Little Skein as an online only shop from my home studio.

Do you make everything yourself? I do! Everything at Little Skein is made, packed, and shipped by me.

Where are your kits and yarn made? Here in my San Francisco studio. I work with several small mills to supply my yarn, and I go out of my way to use American and Canadian suppliers, and moreover, to partner with other small, independent makers.

Is your yarn mulesing free? Yes, all of my yarn bases are mulesing free.

 

SHIPPING

When will my order ship? I pack, ship, and take orders to the post office once a week. The specific day varies, but it can take up to 4-5 days for your order to ship. This helps me batch organize my work, as well as manage my family's risk of Covid-19 exposure.

How much does shipping cost? I charge actual postage cost plus approximately $2 for packing materials and labor. Therefore, the cost depends on the weight of your package and whether it ships by first class or priority mail. All orders over 15 ounces ship by priority mail because USPS rates for parcel mail are about the same as priority mail (crazy, but true).

I think I was overcharged for shipping. Shipping rates are based on package weight, but glitches do happen with an automated system. If you think you were charged too much for shipping, just email me at anne@littleskein.com. I'll double check the weight of your order and will happily refund any overage.

Can you combine my orders? Yes! Email me at anne@littleskein.com and let me know that you have multiple orders and I'll gladly refund the overage.

Do you ship to …? I ship to the United States and Canada only. Makers in other regions of the world, please visit my Etsy shop for bundled item + VAT pricing on the items I'm able to ship internationally.

 

RETURNS, REFUNDS & EXCHANGES

What's your refund and/or return policy? It's right here.

I received the wrong item (or) something is missing from my order. I'm so sorry! Email me at anne@littleskein.com and let me know about the shipping goof as soon as you can. I will send you the correct item(s) right away along with a postage-paid return envelope. I do my best to pack each order correctly, but mistakes can happen.

What if I don't like my order? You can return it within 30 days for shop credit. Email me at anne@littleskein.com for a return shipping address.

 

YARN CLUB

When does the club ship? Mid-month in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

What if I don't like the color? This blog post has ideas on what to do with a single skein, especially if the color isn't in your wheelhouse. The yarn club is a surprise, though, so if you don't like surprises, it's probably not a good idea to subscribe. That said, if you're truly disappointed by a colorway, my regular return policy applies: If you return your yarn within 30 days, I'm glad to give you a store credit.

When do I pay for the yarn club? You're charged for the first shipment when you sign up, and thereafter on the 15th of the month that a shipment doesn't happen (in other words: January, March, May, July, September, and November).

How do I cancel? Log into your shop account, and click on "Manage Subscription." You can cancel there. If you have any trouble, just email me.

 

YARN CARE

Will my yarn "bleed?" True yarn bleeding, where dye gushes from the yarn during rinsing, is exceedingly rare. However, some color in the water when you block your knitted item is common and is usually because of the difference in pH between the water here in San Francisco and the water where you live. Any color in the water during blocking should be minimal and shouldn't lessen the actual intensity of the yarn's color.

How should I care for my knitted item? While many of my yarn bases are superwash, my experience is that your finished knitted item should be hand-washed and washed delicately in order to preserve color, longevity and size, whether it is made from superwash or non-superwash yarn. I strongly recommend that you:
• Hand-wash
• Use cold water
• Use a pH-neutral wool wash