"Year of Gnomes" Contest: Help Us Gname a Gnome!

by Debbie Sullivan February 23, 2022 36 Comments

Last December, just as we were shutting down the dye studio for a holiday break, we got an email from one of our favourite customers telling us all about an upcoming event we might want to look into: the Year of Gnomes Knit-Along. We loved the idea, and couldn’t resist joining in by dyeing up some mini-skein Gnome Sets for you to play with. We ordered in some special yarn as soon as we got back to work in January, and our Gnome Sets are now ready to head on out into the world!

"Never Not Gnomeing" and "Gnome Pun Intended" patterns by Sarah Schira

So what is the Year of Gnomes KAL? Designer Sarah Schira of Imagined Landscapes published her 12th gnome knitting pattern last year, and to celebrate she's hosting a year-long Gnome party throughout 2022. It’s a low-stress and casual knit-along with the emphasis on FUN. You can join the knit-along (KAL) at any point, knit one gnome, or knit a dozen. Check out the Year of Gnomes page for all the information about joining the KAL and registering for prizes, plus a handy yardage chart for all the gnomes patterns.

rainbow of mini-skeins

We decided to use an untreated (non-superwash) BFL wool for our Gnome sets, and I had a ton of fun dyeing it up! It has a lovely luster and soft texture that will work beautifully for Sarah's patterns. And since these are one-of-a-kind sets I was free to play with the dyes and colours without writing down my recipes!

Collage of four photos showing sets of 3 or 4 mini-skeins in hand-dyed colours
Clockwise from top left: Autumn Gnome, Business Gnome, Holiday Gnome, Seaside Gnome

We're offering some sets of 3 mini-skeins and some of 4, so you can choose the number of colours required for the gnome pattern you're planning to make. Elizabeth and her family have been doing their part to join in the fun by naming all our Gnome Sets and giving them a bit of character. (Check out the individual pages to see each Gnome's favourite drink and favourite hobby!)

Set of 4 mini-skeins: natural (cream), yellow, bright red, and green

Help us Gname this Gnome!

We still have one set left to name though, and that's where you (and the contest) come in! Our top suggestion for this combination so far has been "Traffic Light Gnome" and we know you can help us do better than that...

So, leave a comment with your name suggestion below for a chance to win this set! Contest closes at the end of the day Monday, February 28, and we'll choose the winning name on March 1.

Contest is now closed. Thank you so much to all who contributed ideas. It was fun reading through them all! Congratulations to our winner, Laura, who will be receiving the newly named Ready, Set, Gnome! set.





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36 Responses

Brigitte Pothast
Brigitte Pothast

March 02, 2022

Bavarian gnome.
He should have yellow hair and beard, a red pullover and green trousers.

Laura
Laura

March 01, 2022

Apologies for multiple entries- senior cat leapt on iPad as I was writing!

Laura
Laura

February 28, 2022

Ready, set, gnome!

Laura
Laura

February 28, 2022

Ready, set, gnome!

Ellen Donnelly
Ellen Donnelly

February 28, 2022

Hudson Bay Coat Gnomes.

Jennifer
Jennifer

February 28, 2022

Lol, OK, for..

The Strawberries on the Beach Gnome Favourite Drink: Champagne
Favourite Hobby: Kissing

The Hot-Diggety-Dog Gnome
Favourite Drink: Cola
Favourite Hobby: Running through the sprinkler!

Jennifer
Jennifer

February 28, 2022

Or the “Hot-Diggety-Dog Gnome”?

Jennifer
Jennifer

February 28, 2022

How about “The Strawberries on the Beach Gnome”? ⛱️ 🍓

Debbie
Debbie

February 28, 2022

Paradise Parrot Gnome

Noreen
Noreen

February 28, 2022

Spicy Gnome

Carol
Carol

February 28, 2022

Veggie Gnome

Blaise
Blaise

February 28, 2022

Looks like marigold colours to me! How about

MariGnold or MariGnome

Julie Ross
Julie Ross

February 28, 2022

Nougat gnome

Linda K
Linda K

February 28, 2022

Santa gnome – looks Christmasy to me

Wendelin
Wendelin

February 28, 2022

How about field of flowers.

Teresa
Teresa

February 27, 2022

My suggestion: Ready-Ready-Go

Sharon
Sharon

February 27, 2022

Lawn ornaments for inside the house

Paula
Paula

February 27, 2022

Environmental gnome

Paula
Paula

February 27, 2022

Environmental gnome

Ilaria Donati
Ilaria Donati

February 27, 2022

I’m Italian, have a bad days in this time in Europe.
I suggest peaceandlove gnome

Ilaria Donati
Ilaria Donati

February 27, 2022

I’m Italian, have a bad days in this time in Europe.
I suggest peaceandlove gnome

Melissa Dimmitt
Melissa Dimmitt

February 27, 2022

Sweet days of summer (watermelon)

Nathalie
Nathalie

February 26, 2022

Those nice colors would make a “happy gnome”. Or “Urban light gnome” cause it Kind of look like trafic lights colors!

Ann
Ann

February 26, 2022

Transportation Gnome
(A variation of Traffic Light—which I also like)

Lemieux
Lemieux

February 26, 2022

Pizza Gnome

Lucie
Lucie

February 26, 2022

Gnomelicious for delicious 💚💙❤️

Kate
Kate

February 26, 2022

Cool Runnings

Though I do quite like traffic light gnome!

Carole
Carole

February 26, 2022

Pepper gnome

Keiko Araki
Keiko Araki

February 23, 2022

Carnival Gnome

Megan Carey
Megan Carey

February 23, 2022

Please delete the “autocorrected” entry above .
I was trying to write gnomenclature because it’s the devising of choosing names for things

Megan Carey
Megan Carey

February 23, 2022

Gnomencmature because it’s the devising of choosing names for things

Kelly Smith
Kelly Smith

February 23, 2022

Gnomas Gnome.

As they are Christmas colors to me.

Beginning of word Gnome + end of Christmas word.

Selena Croxall
Selena Croxall

February 23, 2022

Holly Berry Gnome

Sandy Takeda
Sandy Takeda

February 23, 2022

Fireworks gnome

Meredith Lapp
Meredith Lapp

February 23, 2022

Here are a few gnomalicious words for your colour combo:
Rasta Gnome
Gnometastic

Primary Gnome
Supergnomifragilisticexpialidocious
Gnomers of the Lost Ark
Annie White
Annie White

February 23, 2022

Gnomad Gnome

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