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About

gnomeacres-amanda-nuckolls.jpgAmanda Nuckolls 
{Founder & Chief Executive Gnome}
In 2009, I decided to
 leave the corporate world in search of a new career. A few weeks into this new venture, I reconnected with a friend that owned a large llama and alpaca farm. At that time, I had over 10+ years of experience with web design/development, e-commerce, and online marketing under my belt. I offered to put those skills to use by redesigning her website, as well as various online/offline marketing materials for her business. The more I visited the farm about the website, the dirtier I got playing on the farm. I learned to drive tractors, a skid loader, mend fences, and more importantly, help to take care of the herd of 120+ llamas and alpacas. I had been around these animals for over 25 years of my life, but this was the first time I truly fell in wuv, and purchased my first llama, Oh My Darling, Clementine. The acquisition of Clementine, combined with my lifelong love of the agricultural world, making stuff & things, and some quality thinking time spent on an 1949 International Harvester, helped to spark the idea of GnomeAcres. When GnomeAcres came to fruition in late 2009/early 2010, I saw that as an opportunity to pick back up the knitting needles and pursue a new passion, fiber art. I loved learning about every aspect of the fiber world as it related to camelids. Everything from what they eat, to their environment, can affect the outcome of the fiber. I firmly believe that skirting, washing, and spinning, just one raw fleece from a fiber animal will change your perspective on the fiber world. But, when you can put a name, personality, and big, beautiful, soulful eyes behind the fleece you're working on, you develop an ever deeper love and understanding for the entire process.

Being able to make a tangible object with your hands is an incredibly important skill to have, and to practice. I love technology, and what it has allowed me to do with an old craft, but nothing beats the feeling of looking at something you just made from raw materials. Because of my experience in web design/development, e-commerce, online marketing, radio, newspaper, photography, woodworking, agriculture education, etc., I am able to create all of the product packaging, promotional materials, websites, show displays, and the yarn products themselves, in-house.

The Workshop
I spent nearly 3 years putting together plans for the optimal dye workshop. On August 31, 2015, I was finally able to put away the plans and move my dye pots into that dye workshop. All of the hand dyed yarn you see on this site is created in a space that was built with the environment in mind. There are several windows surrounding the building, multiple solar tubes in the ceiling (allowing only natural light to be used during the day), and LED light fixtures throughout (for those late night dye sessions). The workshop is fully insulated with recycled newspaper insulation, and green board was used to keep moisture at bay within the walls and ceiling. Ceiling fans, and an attic fan, make the workshop bearable during those hot Summer months. The stove, vent hood, and other fans used for drying, all bear great EnergyStar ratings. The position of the building itself was even taken into considering during planning, as one day I hope to be able to install solar panels so the entire building can run mostly, or completely, off-grid.

 

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Puppy Gnome
{Head of Human Relations}
Even though Puppy Gnome left us in January of 2017, he will forever be known as the Best Head of HR. Knowing when deliveries have arrived at GnomeAcres HQ has never been more difficult since his passing. His incredible work ethic, and soft, velvety, stress-reducing ears are missed by all.

Gimli, and his infamous wiggle butt, had made frequent appearances on the podcast in the past. He has his own colorway in the shop

Baby Gnome
{Head of Purple & Keeper of Mini Skeins}
Baby Gnome concerns herself with knowing the names of GA customers, and their geographic location on a world map. We've been told by her teachers that she has a great understanding of "commerce". Her favorite pastime is watching over the mini skeins, and helping Momma Gnome pack orders. She has her own colorway, Baby Gnome, here in the shop. 

 

 

Hubby Gnome
{Helper Extraordinaire & Cheerleader}
Hubby Gnome has been the BIGGEST supporter of GnomeAcres since day one. He's a senior graphic designer/team lead by day, and a GnomeAcres employee by night. He has developed mad yarn wrapping skills.

Hubby Gnome's incredible graphic design and website development skills have been known to help out in a pinch. His impeccable knowledge of comic books and sci-fi have also been known to influence our Colorway Catalog at least a time or two.