Nine years ago this month, I had an idea of a gnome riding a tractor as a logo. It came from a photo a friend of mine took on a whim after I climbed up onto her tractor. I had no idea that the image would morph into something that represented a business of any kind, let alone become the, “thing I did,” for nearly a quarter of my life. And it would not have been so successful without the support of those of you reading this. Some of you have been supporting GA since before there was dyed yarn, and only hand knits, of which absolutely blows my mind, and fills my heart beyond measure.
The Internet can be a ghastly place these days, but it can also be used for good if you let it. I’ve had the opportunity to make yarn for, and meet, some incredible people from all over the world. Places that I personally may never get to, but by golly my yarn is there! I got to send yarn to New Zealand. That is where the hobbits live. My yarn is living among hobbits!!!
In all seriousness, though, the far reach of this business has taught not just me, but also my family, more about the world, people, and ourselves. It taught us perseverance. It taught us how to move an entire household and business twice in 13 months with a toddler in tow. It taught us how to dig 4’ by 4’ deep holes, in the dark of night, to find a broken water pipe; and then spend the next day dyeing yarn with a garden hose because there were 100 pre-orders that HAD to get done. It taught us that neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night would prohibit us from getting to the post office to drop off packages when they chose to skip our house that day.
I have nothing but the sincerest appreciation towards all of you that supported this crazy yarn thing I did. Thank you for appreciating my crazy colorway names, fun t-shirt and bag designs, carefully curated mini skein bundles, and everything in between. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!
While I’m hanging up my gnome hat on this particular chapter for now, I look forward to what the future will hold beyond the toadstools.