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Movin’ on Up… (Episode #57)

June 25, 2014 ::: Feature, Products

Show Notes: 

  • Last shop update until after STITCHES Midwest in August.
  • New Independence Day mini skein set & June 2014 colorways (full size and mini skeins).
  • Shop update preview.

(You can also find the podcast on iTunes, and on our official podcast page.)

Upcoming Shop Updates, Promotions & Events

June 11, 2014 ::: News

GnomeAcres on the Road

June 13, 2014 @ 9am CST
Shop Update

July 2014
No shop updates scheduled.

August 7-10, 2014
STITCHES Midwest
Schaumburg, IL

Additional shop updates TBA…

 

 

Short & Yarntastical (Episode #56)

June 11, 2014 ::: Feature, Products


Show Notes: 

  • Brick it Down: New Ghostbusters set available. New line of “Juniors” sets.
  • 2 new wooden buttons.
  • New Independence Day sock set.
  • Shop update preview.

Correction: The new round buttons are actually 1.5″ wide, not 1.75″.

(You can also find the podcast on iTunes, and on our official podcast page.)

Sheeps with Pitchforks (Episode #55)

May 27, 2014 ::: Feature, Products

Show Notes:

  • Gnome of the Lake PRE-ORDERS & Custom Orders: All have shipped since this episode was recorded yesterday.
  • Brick it Down: NEW LEGO Creator set – Bike Shop & Cafe (31026).
  • STITCHES Midwest promotional bag.
  • Invoices for the RAND-O-MINI Club de Mini Skeins will be sent out on June 7th, September 7th and December 7th.
  • Info on upcoming shop updates in May, June & July.
  • New Tasty Treats mini skein collection.
  • Shop Update Preview: New Tasty Treats mini skein collection. Lots of Doppelgänger sock sets. Lots of Skeinny Dunkers. This will be one of the biggest updates for yarn since Black Friday in 2013.

(You can also find the podcast on iTunes, and on our official podcast page.)

The Lowdown (Episode #54)

May 7, 2014 ::: Feature, Products

Show Notes:

  • Update on RAND-O-MINI Club de Mini Skeins open slots.
  • Gnomicana PRE-ORDERS: All have shipped since this episode was recorded yesterday.
  • Brick it Down: There’s a new LEGO carnival set being released in June.
  • The Lowdown: What’s been going on at GA HQ, and what’s to come.
  • Shop Update Preview: New Orangesicle colorway. Lots of Doppelgänger sock sets. Restocking of numerous colorways: No Place Like Gnome, Gnome of the Lake, Gnomesicle, Spugnomi, Backwoods Gnome, Joker, Berry Gnomey, Butter Cow, Gnomicana, Decepticons, Ninja Cupcake, Punky Gnomester, Maleficent, Fruitarian & many others.

(You can also find the podcast on iTunes, and on our official podcast page.)

New Yarn Base (Episode #53)

April 23, 2014 ::: Feature, Products

Show Notes:

  • LEGO destash.
  • Knitting dragon print giveaway on Ravelry.
  • New yarn base, Sporty Gnome. 80% SW Merino/20% Nylon. 325 yds.
  • Shop Update Preview: Debut of new colorway, Gnomicana. Lots of colorways being restocked — Strawberries, Bertie Bott’s, Ginny Weasley, Roller Derby Diva, Lady Camo, Dragon Kiss, Irene Adler, Wabbit Season! Duck Season!, Aurora Gnomealis & I Dream of Zombie. New Dodo Bird Doppelgänger set in sock and worsted weight will be available, as well as the House Gnome mini skein set.
  • There will be PRE-ORDERS available for the new Gnomicana colorway if/when stock sells out.

(You can also find the podcast on iTunes, and on our official podcast page.)

Release of the Dodo Bird (Episode #52)

April 8, 2014 ::: Feature, Products

Show Notes:

  • Wizard World St. Louis recap.
  • Shop Update Preview: New Dodo Bird Doppelgänger set, restock of several colorways, Dodo Bird mini skein bundles & more.
  • There will be PRE-ORDERS available for the new Dodo Bird Doppelgänger set when stock sells out.

(You can also find the podcast on iTunes, and on our official podcast page.)

Glow Clouds & Sunsets (Episode #51)

March 26, 2014 ::: Feature, Products

Show Notes: 

  • Quick note about solid colored skeins.
  • Custom Orders are open until March 30th.
  • Wizard World St. Louis: (April 4-6) I will be speaking on the “Turning Your Art into Business” panel at 3:30pm that Saturday, April 5th.
  • 2 NEW colorways in this update: Glow Cloud and Velvet Sunset. Will be available in multiple yarn bases. A pre-order listing for each colorway will also be available.
  • Special March Mini Skein Bundle will contain the two new colorways.
  • Shop Update Preview: LOTS of Mega Mini Skein Grab Bags, Ron Swanson Special mini skeins & Doppelgänger sets.
    Lots of restocking: Robots Like RainbowsLittle Bunny Foo FooKnitabulls FranklinNo Place Like GnomeWonder WomanGnome of the LakeToadstool MeadowsInto the VortexSonic ScrewdriverLittle Plastic Bricks & more.

P.S. Something I forgot to mention in the podcast is that the March Mini Skein Bundle will be available in the House Gnome yarn base, as well as a new SW BFL/Bamboo yarn base in fingering/sock that I’m trying out. Haven’t named the yarn base yet, but I think it’s a keeper! Super soft and shiny.

(You can also find the podcast on iTunes, and on our official podcast page.)

A Note About Solid Colored Yarn Custom Orders

March 13, 2014 ::: Feature, Products

While I have covered this subject in the past, through this Ravelry forum post and previous podcasts, I have had numerous emails over the last 24 hours regarding dyeing solid color skeins as custom orders. I am currently not offering this option. I’m not saying that I won’t ever offer them, it’s just that it’s not going to happen at this point in time (beyond what is being offered in the mini skein sets and Doppelgänger sets).

I did not make this decision lightly, or as to upset people, I made this decision based purely on my current workload with GnomeAcres, and my life as a full time stay-at-home mom and wife. I have had, literally, hundreds of requests for solids in the past couple months. While I am truly, completely flattered by this response, I know it is not something that I can take on at this point in time. I am, as they say, not ready to open that proverbial “flood gate”.

There are a lot of things going on right now that I am working on privately. I’ll share when it’s the appropriate time. These are positive things that are incredibly important to my family, and the healthy growth of GnomeAcres, right now and into the future. These items require extensive time and planning. Given that I currently work at least 60+ hours a week with GnomeAcres, I do not see where I can create the extra time to dye solid color skeins and continue to expand the existing colorway catalog offerings.

Q. But why are you offering solids in mini skein sets and Doppelgänger sets?
A. Because offering these items through these specialized listings is a controlled environment. I can offer, and make, exactly as many as I know I have time for and avoid over-extending the deadlines I put in place for every customer. Plus, this is a great way for me to test which solids I would like to offer in the future.

If you’ve ever placed a custom order or pre-order with GnomeAcres, you’ll notice that it ALWAYS gets shipped out by the date it is promised, and more often than not, days/weeks ahead of schedule. I don’t ever want to break this trend. I also don’t want to become a business that doesn’t ship out custom orders for several months from the time it was ordered. I feel that adding on solid colors would push this trend and I’m not at all comfortable with that.

Short & Sweet (Episode #50)

March 11, 2014 ::: Feature, Products

Show Notes:

  • Mini March MAL: Runs until the end of the month. There will be 3 winners. Full details are available in the Ravelry group.
  • Custom Orders are OPEN. They will remain open until the end of March, then will close again for a few weeks. If there is something you would like to have made, please fill out the form located on the Custom Orders page in the shop.
  • PRE-ORDERS: The Ron Swanson Special Doppelgänger Sock Set is currently available in the shop for pre-order.
  • Shop Update: There are well over a dozen different colorways being restocked in this update. The new Little Bunny Foo Foo Doppelgänger Sock Set will be debuting. (If it sells out, I will be putting up a pre-order listing.)

P.S. There was mention of a St. Patrick’s Day mini bundle and February mini bundle in the podcast. These have sold out since recording yesterday afternoon.

(You can also find the podcast on iTunes, and on our official podcast page.)

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