Chief Executive GnomeAmanda
{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 started a small web design/marketing company and began putting those skills to use. One of my first projects was redesigning my friend's website, as well as creating various online/offline marketing materials for her business. The more I visited the farm about her 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 most of my life, but this was the first time I truly fell in wuv, and was quick to get a llama of my very own. My lifelong love of the agricultural world, making stuff & things, and some quality thinking time spent on an 1949 International Harvester (in the middle of 40+ acres surrounded by a giant herd of llamas and alpacas), 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 even 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 experiences in web design/development, and several other mediums, 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 energy efficient 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 as "off-grid" as possible.


Baby Gnome Hubby Gnome

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 to pack orders. 

Baby Gnome prefers to keep her identity a secret, as it helps her to focus on future plans of becoming a superhero, ninja, jedi...or possibly all three. 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 GA 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.