Although they may hunt underwater, they only eat at the surface and float on their backs as they use their chest as a table. So precious!
They keep warm with the world's densest fur- about 1 million hairs per square inch- people only have about 100,000 on their entire heads!
They have pockets in their coat made of loose skin under their arms where they store food while they continue hunting.
These sea otters were brought to near extinction by fur hunters until only 50 survivors remained in the 1930's. Though their population bottlenecked, they slowly made a comeback! About 3000 southern sea otters exist today, still a small portion of their historical numbers. Researchers are working hard to understand why their population can't seem to expand further. They used to be found all the way down to Baja California! Currently their biggest threats are oil spills, infectious disease and bites from great white sharks.
Researchers continue to study these threatened animals, because the better they're understood, the better we can protect & help them! More at Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Photo credit: Marshal Hedin
By demand, now offering preorder shawl kits in addition to sock kits! If you'd like a coordinating full skein instead of a miniskein, you can now order this as a shawl kit!
This month we've also released our brand new Monterey Buttons! Select them as an add-on, and they will ship with your preorder.
How it Works
A new monthly release on your terms! Preorder is open until the 15th of each month. Preorder pricing is 10% off our standard retail price. We choose an inspiration photo, and you choose one of our available yarn bases... or get a sock kit or shawl kit that includes a coordinating colorway! And unlike a yarn club, you can preorder more than one skein!
We dye your yarn, then post the new colorway before it ships. If you don't love it, exchange your preorder for store credit before it even ships out! More happiness- zero waste!
Here's the preorder schedule:
Preorder available until the 15th of each month.
Colorway created and photo posted around the 21st of month.
Preorders ship by end of month.
Please know the colorway will be an interpretation of the photo, and not color-matched!
If we have extra skeins, they'll be available at full retail price after the pre-order! This is a limited run. We don't plan on making more.
Processing time! For in-stock items, we'll get your order in the mail within 3 business days.
Shipping time! At checkout, choose between: USPS first class shipping (2-5 days) & USPS priority mail (1-3 days)
Shipping Cost is based on weight and is calculated at checkout.
Canada: Any customs or import duties are charged once the parcel reaches its destination. These charges must be paid by the recipient of the parcel.
We want you to be happy! Maybe the color isn't the perfect match for your project, or it's just not what you envisioned. Return your purchase for any reason, just return it in unused condition within 2 weeks for a full refund!
Color accuracy!Please know we do our best to accurately represent colors both with photos and written descriptions. Colorways may vary by dye lot due to the nature of hand-dyed yarn, and also due to your screen display settings.
Sock kit includes 1 miniskein of custom coordinating colorway/80 yards in Deluxe Sock.
Mulesing-free & humanely sourced fiber.
Studio is smoke-free & pet-free.
Hand-dyed in Southern California.
Color accuracy!We do our best to accurately represent colors both with photos and written descriptions. Colorways vary by skein & dye lot due to the nature of hand-dyed yarn, and also by screen display settings.