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Dear everybody,

It hits us every autumn: the powerful urge to make small, unbearably cute things—in quantity, for friends and family.

The only thing that could make this yearly wave of enthusiasm more fun would be to make it a party, so we could do it in the company of other knitters. That’s how we got the idea for an MDK Holiday Workshop.

But what to make? We’ve had gnome fever ever since we first stumbled into Sarah Schira’s irresistible world of gnomes, so the answer was obvious.

Gnome sweet gnome, here we come!


Date: Friday, November 3, 2023

Time: 3:00-6:00 p.m. Eastern

Location: Zoom. This is a virtual event, which will be recorded for enrolled participants who cannot attend the live event.

Registration: Right here.

What We’re Making

Meet Gnoah. He’s an original gnome by Sarah Schira, whose world of gnomes has warmed the hearts of knitters all over the globe.

With Sarah to guide us, we’ll make our gnome debut with this little friend.

But the first gnome is only a start. This little pattern is so ingenious, quick, and memorizable that we’ll be turning out entire gnome villages before the fever cools.

Case in point: Ann is making gnomes for each of Taylor Swift’s eras. It’s them, hi, they’re the problem it’s them. So far, that’s 1989, Reputation, Red, Debut, Fearless, Speak Now—four to go!

If you’re not as much of a Swiftie as Ann, we’ve got other ideas. Kay is plotting a gnome salute to Schitt’s Creek and also a Dolly Partognome.
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What’s in the Box?

Your MDK Holiday Workshop kit includes everything you need to become a citizen of Gnome Gnation. You’ll receive:

  • One 27-color Woolstok Bundle—one mini hank (12 yards/10 meters) of every delicious shade of Woolstok by Blue Sky Fibers. You’ll get at least ten gnomes out of this set, with yarn left over for more scrappy gnome friends.
  • A set of double-pointed needles in size US 5.
  • Wool stuffing for one gnome.
  • A tapestry needle.
  • A tin of stitch markers in circular and locking styles.
  • A PDF pattern for Gnoah, the class project.
  • A code for downloading to your Ravelry library the complete Gno Fun Like Gnome Fun pattern.
  • A code for downloading to your Ravelry library the complete Choose Your Gnome Adventure pattern—because we know you will crave even more gnome options, including a Very Big Gnome.
  • A Zoom link to the live event will be sent to you the day before the event.

The Woolstok bundle really is a paintbox full of gnome possibilities!

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Our Workshop Leader

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Sarah Schira loves gnomes. A lot. Although her motto is Never Not Gnoming, she also designs beautiful accessories that are easier than they look. Based in Manitoba, Canada, Sarah travels widely; you could say she’s a gnome-ad (sorry). A popular teacher, she’s taught workshops at knitting festivals and also to small groups of gnome enthusiasts. You can find all of Sarah’s designs on her website, Imagined Landscapes. External Link. Opens in new window., and on External Link. Opens in new window..

Do Gnot Delay, Sign Up Today!

We’re obviously very charged up about this workshop, and we hope to see you there. Space will be limited to the number of boxes we can make, so sign up now to avoid disappointment.

Will we keep the gnome puns to a minimum? Nah—we’re keeping them to a maximum.

For complete details, and to enroll, click here.

See you at the virtual trestle table on November 3!


Ann and Kay


  • I am on Gnome No. 11 and cannot be stopped.

    • I think you ran out of Taylor Swift eras so I am eager to know the inspo for Gnome Gno. 11.

      • Kansas City Chiefs gnomes. 87 of them.

    • You got a fever and the only cure is MORE GNOMES.

  • Darn it! My stepdaughter is getting married that afternoon (yes, on a Friday) so I won’t be able to attend. But I’m intrigued by the idea of making holiday gnomes so I will have to check out her patterns on Ravelry! Thanks for scheduling fun virtual (and in-person) events!

    • Hi, Carolyn – you needn’t be conflicted schedule-wise — everyone who signs up gets a link afterwards to a recording of the whole thing, so you can access that at your leisure (for a few weeks, anyway).

    • Ordered-eagerly awaiting the Zoom!

  • I married into a Swedish family and gnomes are a “thing” so I learned how to make them and enjoyed each one. Such fun! Will enjoy your program to improve my gnome family.

  • I’m super excited for this!!! I love these virtual workshops and dream of the day I can attend one in person. Thank you for doing them!!!!

  • I’m so glad you are having this! I’ve been getting Sarah’s newsletters for a couple of years now and keep wanting to knit some gnomes but can’t seem to fit it in. This has has given me the nudge to to it. I’ll probably need a break about that time from knitting a wedding blanket for our son and daughter-in-law. Thanks!

  • Oh, no! Your website now says “insufficient stock” of gnomes. Will you perhaps be restocking for those of us who missed the initial opportunity while traveling this past weekend?
    Thank you for your consideration!

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