Hand dyed, 80% Australian merino wool, 20% nylon yarn. Base yarn is Merino Pearl Sock - a plush, soft, sock yarn with a visible twist.
Christmas Beetles are noisy little scarab beetles that are abundant in Australia around Christmas time. They have dark, shiny bodies with a blue/green iridescence that makes them look like jewels.
I created this colour both to recreate the rich gem-tones of Christmas beetles, and also to add to my repertoire of dark, rich colours that are suitable for menswear as well as women.
Merino Pearl is a lovely soft sock yarn that wears well. The generous length, elegant twist and plump texture make it great for shawls, scarves and baby wear as well as socks.
YARN NAME : Merino Pearl Sock
COLOUR NAME - Christmas Beetle
CONTENT - 80% Merino wool and 20% nylon, Australian yarn.
LENGTH - 360 metres / 393 yards
WEIGHT - 100 grams
GAUGE - 28 stitches over 10cm using 2.75mm
SUGGESTED NEEDLE SIZEE - 2.75mm needles
CARE - Hand wash in woolwash and dry flat
Although all my yarn is carefully rinsed after dyeing, some colour may appear in the washing water of your first few washes. Although this will not fade the colour of your yarn, it tints the water, and could colour other items in the same wash.
Hand washing in luke warm water and an approved wool wash will avoid cross staining and help your knitwear look beautiful for longer.
Dry flat in the shade, away from direct heat.
BATCHES AND DYE LOTS - As a result of the hand-dyeing process, each skein will be slightly different even if they were dyed in the same batch. If you order more than one skein, all the skeins you receive will be from the same batch.
When knitting with multiple skeins, alternating skeins between rows will even out any variation.
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Shipping & policies
Your order will be posted 1 - 2 business days after it is received. I post all days except Sunday.
Orders within Australia are sent by Parcel Post which includes a tracking number that I'll send to you when your item is posted.
Australian orders can be upgraded to Express Post by purchasing the appropriate "Australian Postage Upgrade" item from my shop. These orders will be dispatched from Melbourne City, Monday to Friday. For this service, any order placed before 6pm AEST will be dispatched the following weekday.
For international orders, I use Pack and Track International (Australia Post). You will receive a tracking number once I post your parcel. International delivery general takes between 5 and 15 days, depending on where you are located.
Any customs or duties in your own country are your responsibility, and I recommend you check with your local postal authorities if you have any concerns.
Customs slips will be completed with the correct description and value of your purchase and I will not mark the item as a "gift" or understate the value to avoid duties.
Payment is accepted through PayPal + Etsy Direct Checkout (which allows you to use your debit or credit card, and Etsy gift vouchers).
Items will be posted only after full payment has been received and cleared. I will send you a message to confirm the day I have posted your item.
Australian customers note - I am not registered for and do not charge GST.
Returns & exchanges
In accordance with Australian consumer law, I do not accept returns for “change of mind”. All items are checked thoroughly before sending, but if you feel the yarn you have received is faulty or misrepresented, please contact me so I can arrange a replacement. (I will ask you to return the item you are unhappy with first).
I do not offer a refund for items missing in the mail. If I can’t trace your item and make sure it gets to you, I will replace it. I do not offer replacements if you have given me the wrong address.
Please contact me as soon as possible if you think your item is lost in the mail so we can work together to make sure you get your yarn.
Wherever possible I source my base yarn from Australian growers and spinners - this yarn will be described as 100% Australian grown and spun.
Some fibres are not commercially produced in Australia (like silk) so I source these from overseas.
All yarn is hand-dyed by me using water saving dyeing techniques. All waste water is neutralised and re-used or recycled.