Hello lovelies! I’m Gini, the dyer behind Little Acorn Yarn. I live in Waikuku Beach in stunning Aotearoa New Zealand with my husband, two children, and two cats. I have a four year old daughter and a one year old son. It’s busy around here! And apparently I thought it would he a good idea to go and make it a whole lot busier haha.

I taught myself to knit when I became pregnant with my daughter because I really wanted to knit cute baby clothes. The obsession was real, and honestly I spent the entire day at work counting down the minutes until I could return home and pick my needles back up. At the time I was working a rather stressful job, so the therapeutic side of knitting was really helping me as well.

Since then I haven’t stopped knitting. The room for growth in this medium is something I love. I am constantly learning new skills, finding new patterns, discovering new techniques, and best of all becoming an active part of the fibre community. Last year during lockdown my husband very nearly lost his job, so I started a small business selling hand knitted items to try and help support my family. I enjoyed it, but the entire time what I really wanted to be doing was hand-dyeing yarn.

Ever since my eyes clocked that first indie dyed skein, I was enamoured. HOW did they do that? I wanted to be a part of it! I had so many ideas blossoming in my head, if only I had the skills to execute them! Sadly, I did not have the confidence to launch straight in. Instead I spent months and months pouring over other amazing dyers, wishing it was me creating such beauties. A couple of things happened one after the other that gave me the kick up the backside I needed. I bought a few supplies and slowly started teaching myself how to dye yarn from whatever resources I could get my hands on. It was infatuation at first skein. Within weeks I had already dyed the prototypes of my first collection and planned about a hundred more.

It has taken a while to get myself organised to launch a business whilst juggling my small humans. But we have recently moved house, and now I have the space to set up a little garage workshop (no more kitchen dyeing, yaaay!), so I am finally good to go. I have SO many ideas and so many things I want to share with you through Little Acorn Yarn. I hope you will stick around with me on this journey. I cannot wait to see all the beautiful items you create with my yarn.

Feel free to contact me through email or instagram if you would like any other information or just to chat yarn. I love this community and I am very excited to become a bigger part of it this coming year.