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July 31, 2018 ::: Feature, Products

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.

Until we meet again… (Episode #123)

June 7, 2018 ::: Feature, Products



SHOW NOTES: 

  • You just have to watch this one. I will be posting more info regarding sales, etc. in the shop in the next day or two. Again, THANK YOU, everyone.

Update Preview & Gnomemade to Order (Episode #122)

May 8, 2018 ::: Feature, Products

SHOW NOTES: 

  • SHOP UPDATEFriday, May 11 @ 9am CDT
  • RESTOCKING: 
    • Hipster Wedding, Dirty Beets, Poppies, Ophie’s Popsicles, Glow Cloud, Punk Rock Fuzzy Cow, Fireflies, Fireworks, Watermelon, There’s Bird Poop on my Swingset!
  • Braspberry mini skeins were released yesterday.
  • The Donut Collection mini skeins are also available now.
  • GARAGE SALE:
    There’s still a ton of GREAT items on sale.
    Just a reminder that none of these will be restocked!

    • Shirts, needle gauges, mugs, gnome cookie cutters, solid doppelgänger sets, project bag & retired colorways
    • All wooden buttons are BOGO
  • GNOMEMADE TO ORDER:

 

Dirty Beets & a Hipster Wedding (Episode #121)

April 24, 2018 ::: Feature, Products



SHOW NOTES: 

  • SHOP UPDATEFriday, April 27 @ 9am CST
  • PRE-ORDERS:
    • NEW Colorways: Hipster Wedding, Dirty Beets
    • Available April 27 (9am CST) to April 29 (8pm CST)
  • GARAGE SALE: These items will NOT be restocked!
    • Shirts, Needle Gauges, Mugs, Solid Doppelgänger Sets, Wooden Buttons are BOGO
  • GNOMEMADE TO ORDER:
    • Open April 26 (9am CST) to April 29 (8pm CST)

Short & Sweet (Episode #120)

April 10, 2018 ::: Feature, Products



SHOW NOTES: 

  • SHOP UPDATEFriday, April 13 @ 9am CST
  • PRE-ORDERS:
    • NEW Colorways: Tastes Like Purple with Sprinkles, That Blue One with Sprinkles
    • Available April 13 (9am CST) to April 15 (8pm CST)
  • RESTOCKING:
    • Colorways: Bubbles, Gnomelandia, Jupiter, Batgirl, Mustache Manifesto, Backwoods Gnome, I Dream of Zombie, Hawkeye, Maleficent, Coffee! Coffee! Coffee!, Sprinkles!, Chocolate with Sprinkles, Strawberry with Sprinkles
    • Doppelgänger Sets: Mustache Manifesto, Batgirl, Backwoods Gnome, I Dream of Zombie
  • SALE:
    • Needle Gauges, Mugs, Buttons are BOGO
    • Newly retired colorways have been moved to the Garage Sale section so they are easier to find
  • GNOMEMADE TO ORDER:
    • Open April 12 (9am CST) to April 15 (8pm CST)

You do-nut want to miss this! (Episode #119)

March 20, 2018 ::: Feature, Products


SHOW NOTES: 

  • SHOP UPDATEFriday, March 23 @ 9am CST
  • PRE-ORDERS:
    • NEW Colorways: Chocolate with Sprinkles, Strawberry with Sprinkles
    • Available March 23 (9am CST) to March 25 (8pm CST)
  • Poppies is being stocked! This new colorway was released in the last update. It will be stocked in every weight (not every yarn base) for this week’s update.
  • Mini Skeins:
    • In-Stock NOW: Punk Forces Unite, Bunny Chow (Easter Mini Bundle) and more!
    • Available Friday: Special Donut inspired mini skein bundle that will contain Sprinkles!, Chocolate with Sprinkles, Strawberry with Sprinkles, and 2 brand new colorways that are a SURPRISE! (Those 2 new colorways will be available to pre-order in the next update on April 13.)

NEW Colorways: Chocolate & Strawberry with Sprinkles

March 20, 2018 ::: Feature, Products

NEW COLORWAYS! Chocolate with Sprinkles, and Strawberry with Sprinkles, are our two newest colorways. Both of these delicious, donut-inspired colors will be available to PRE-ORDER starting this Friday, March 23 (9am CST), until March 25 (8pm CST). Available in Sock and DK weight, on the Party Gnome yarn bases. If you haven’t used this base yet, we would highly recommend you try it out. It’s super soft, durable, and has amazing flecks of color (pink, blue, green & yellow) throughout.

To learn more about this yarn base, and our others, check out the Yarn Info section in the shop.

To learn more about these colorways, check out the latest podcast.

Poppies & Punk Rockers (Episode #118)

March 6, 2018 ::: Feature, Products

SHOW NOTES: 

  • SHOP UPDATEFriday, March 9 @ 9am CST
  • PRE-ORDERS:
    • Available March 9 (9am CST) to March 11 (8pm CST)
    • NEW Colorway: Poppies 
    • LAST CALL! Easter: Little Bunny Foo Foo, Bad Bunny, Chicks Ducks & Bunnies
  • Colorways:
    • Bacon, Raspberries, Roller Derby Diva, Mint Chocolate Chip, Gnome of the Redwoods, Punky Gnomester, Punk Rock Fuzzy Cow, Park Ranger, No Place Like Gnome, Molly Weasley, Gnomesome Dove, Hermione, Kaylee, Aurora Gnomealis, Berry Gnomey, Bertie Bott’s, Erik Lehnsherr, Iron Man, Candy Mountain, Sherman the Canoe, Maleficent, Dean Winchester, Hulk Smash, Polyjuice Potion, 88 MPH, Animal, Arthur Weasley, 221B Baker Street
  • Doppelgänger Sets: 
    • Kaylee, No Place Like Gnome, 88 MPH, Bertie Bott’s, 221B Baker Street, Gnomesome Dove, Aurora Gnomealis, Berry Gnomey, Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Mini Skeins:
    • In-Stock NOW: Pot o’ Gold (St. Patrick’s Day Bundle), Bunny Chow (Easter Mini Bundle), Punk Rock Fuzzy Cow Sample & More!
    • Available Friday: Poppies (20 yd & 40 yd) mini skein sample, Punk Forces Unite (limited edition), Not-a-Club Club Bundle (secret & very limited quantities)
  • Gnomemade to Order:
    • Available March 8 (9am CST) to March 11 (8pm CST)
    • Quick link to the Colorway Catalog.

 

Small update. Because OLYMPICS! (Episode #117)

February 13, 2018 ::: Feature, Products

SHOW NOTES: 

  • SHOP UPDATEFriday, February 16 @ 9am CST
  • NEWS: The shop got a makeover! We’re still tweaking some things here and there, but it’s LIVE and ready to be perused. Lots of “coding stuff” was done behind the scenes to make this version much more mobile/tablet friendly. Hope you all like it!
  • PRE-ORDERS:
    • Available Feb 16 (9am CST) to Feb 18 (8pm CST) 
    • St. Patrick’s Day: Clovers (NEW)Leprechaun Knickers, Lucky Ewe
    • Easter: Little Bunny Foo Foo, Bad Bunny, Easter Grass, Chicks Ducks & Bunnies (NEW)
  • Mini Skeins:
    • In-Stock NOW: Oceanside, Purpinkles, Fireside, Yelloween, Head in the Clouds, Neutral Party, Grab Bags, Bunny Butt’s, Valentine Colorway Samples, Punk Rock Fuzzy Cow Sample
    • Available Friday: Pot o’ Gold (St. Patrick’s Day Bundle), Bunny Chow (Easter Mini Bundle)
  • Gnomemade to Order:
    • Available Feb 15 (9am CST) to Feb 18 (8pm CST)
    • Quick link to the Colorway Catalog.
Addendum to this podcast…
This podcast was recorded before I was aware of any sexual misconduct lawsuit against Shaun White. I’ve always watched Shaun White for his participation in the sport of snowboarding. I take the subjects of sexual misconduct, harassment, and assault, very seriously. I don’t want the take-away from this particular podcast to be that I am in any way in compliance with this type of behavior.
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