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About the company

Global Backyard Industries sells hand dyed yarn, zipper pouches, notebooks, stitch markers and more.

Our small business started out as Dibble Street Design Company LLC in 2013, and started doing business as Global Backyard in 2015. 

We are a team of two and live and work in the Pacific Northwest. With backgrounds in librarianship, graphic design, and art direction, we are now focused on our own businesses. For me, that's running this yarn business with some help from my husband, and for him -- it means writing and illustrating books (he's had a few published with Chronicle, which is so exciting! If you are into birds and can deal with satire and sweary humor, check him out on Amazon or find him at your favorite local, independent bookseller). 

We are loving being independent and working on special projects as inspiration strikes. 

We hand dye our yarn, and collaborate with other makers and designers we admire. We design our own products (like our zipper pouches and notebooks) and have them produced for us by other small businesses. Whatever we do -- we are always striving to bring you the best quality with as much integrity as we can muster. 

For inquiries or collaboration ideas, please contact Gina. 

Also find us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and read our blog.  


Cherry Blossom Beret Crochet Pattern

January 16, 2023

Designer Pia Thadani has created a very pretty, very lacey free beret crochet pattern using our Cherry Blossom sock yarn. She even includes a video tutorial! She is a terrific teacher and will help you successfully create the pretty flower lace pattern on the top of the hat.

Global Backyard Yarn & Cookie A Socks = 2 of My Favorite Things!

December 11, 2022

I've been enjoying getting to know Pepper Hayes from Pepper Knits this year; she has knit up some beautiful socks using our Mango Cream yarn. She reviews our yarn and shares photos of her finished project, along with links to the knitting pattern on her Pepper Knits blog here.

32 Nifty Gifts for Knitters Who Need(le) Little Cheer This Year

November 24, 2022

It's so fun to have our novelty knitter pencils and hexagon stitch markers mentioned as yarn-tastic gifts by My Modern Met again this year. 

Mini Skein Scrunchie Knitting Pattern

October 22, 2022

Pepper Knits shows you how to knit up a quick and easy scrunchie using one of our mini-skeins. 

The 19+ Most Popular Sock Yarns this Year!

October 1, 2022

We're grateful to have some of our yarn included in this article from The Slow Bloom. 

Strawberry Cream Peplum Tank, Free Crochet Pattern + Full Video Tutorial

July 29, 2022

Jennifer Dickerson at Fiber Flux has created the cutest peplum tank top crochet pattern, using two skeins of sock yarn in our Cherry Blossom colorway. Get all the details and see her tutorial video making the pattern at the Fiber Flux blog.

Unboxing + Yarn Giveaway With Global Backyard!

June 7, 2022

We've partnered with one of our favorite pattern designers, Jennifer Dickerson at Fiber Flux, for a giveaway. We'll be giving the winner TWO skeins of sock yarn in our Cherry Blossom colorway, along with a set of our Flower Metal Stitch Markers. Check out her unboxing video of the gift and learn how to enter by June 14 on the Fiber Flux Giveaway post. 

5 Financing Options for Small Businesses

May 17, 2022

The web design company Aeolidia talked to us about how we finance our business and included our tips (along with other makers) in their article here. 

31 Nifty Gifts for Knitters Who Need(le) Little Cheer This Year

November 5, 2021

My Modern Met included two of our favorite products on their list of recommended gifts for knitters -- our 60-piece hexagon stitch marker set and our variety pencil pack. Read their post for all their suggestions.

19 Cactus Embroidery Patterns

February 19, 2021

The Spruce includes our free cactus embroidery pattern AND our cactus embroidery kit on their round-up. Check it out here. 

Chunky Lace Twist Headband from Fiber Flux

January 2021

Jennifer at Fiber Flux crochets up a lovely one-hank headband project using our Indigo Shibori colorway in bulky weight yarn. Her video tutorial shows you exactly how to make your own, step-by-step. She always makes it so easy! 

Beanie Knitting Pattern from Stitches N Scraps 

January 2021

Our friend Pia at Stitches N Scraps has created a really fun beanie pattern with our new bulky weight yarn. It's a quick one-hank project using our Indigo Shibori colorway, which we hand dye using a resist technique and which results in a rich blue speckled with white. See the free pattern on her blog. 

Crochet Shawlette Pattern from Fiber Flux 

November 19, 2020

We always love the free crochet patterns Jennifer at Fiber Flux creates using our yarn. Not only are they beautiful, but she also does a fabulous job of creating video tutorials on YouTube for you. So making a lovely piece becomes much easier. She uses our Desert Sunset sock yarn in this Lucky Penny Shawlette pattern. 

Crochet Nesting Bowls Scrap Yarn Pattern + Stitch Marker & Enamel Pin Giveaway

May 20, 2020

Stitches N Scraps provides an easy and fun tutorial for making some cute nesting bowls, perfect for holding your crafty notions. In addition to the free pattern, she's giving away a set of our progress keepers and a one of our sweet rainbow enamel pins. Check out the free pattern and enter to win here (through 6/5). 

300K Giveaway Celebration! 

September 18, 2019

Jennifer Dickerson, the lady behind the blog Fiber Flux, celebrates their 300,000 subscriber milestone with a giveaway of some of our favorite products -- a "Probably Yarn" tote bag plus two different twisted hanks of our yarn done by Candy Skein. See her video unboxing and enter to win here (through 9/26). 

Gifts for Yarn Lovers -- Totes, Journals, Pencils and more! 

September 10, 2019

Jessie Rayot from Jessie at Home reviews some of our products (a zipper pouch and a set of Yarn Love pencils) and hosts a giveaway for one lucky winner! 

New Project Tote! Video from Fiber Flux

August 13, 2019

Jennifer at Fiber Flux shares a video showing our Indigo & Coral Deluxe Tote bag, along with the coordinating cowl she crocheted from our Deep Coral & Gray yarn cake. She also shows our Yarn Love pencil set (such a great gift!) and our small Indigo Yarn Illustration zipper pouch, too. 

Yarn Mail and More -- Unboxing video from Stitches n Scraps

July 30, 2019

Pia at Stitches n Scraps un-boxes a Speckled Cake & Indigo Mini Sock Set, along with one of our Indigo Cloud zipper pouches.


Pencil Giveaway and Product Review from Moogly

July 15, 2019

Tamara at Moogly is giving away three of our Yarn Love pencil sets and overviews several of our product offerings, too. Enter to win through August 19, 2019 here.  

Free Cowl Crochet Pattern + Video from Fiber Flux

July 11, 2019

Jennifer at Fiber Flux created a beautiful one-cake crocheted "Copenhagen Cowl" pattern using one of our hand dyed yarn cakes made exclusively for us by Summit Fiber Road Fibers. 

She shows you the simple stitch pattern in a video, too. See her blog post with project photos here. Video embedded below. 


Unboxing with Fiber Flux

June 12, 2019

Jennifer at Fiber Flux unboxes three of our new products -- a small zipper pouch, a set of "Yarn Love" pencils, and a cake of our exclusive coral and gray yarn. Check out her post, and see the video, embedded below. 

January 1, 2019

Marie at the Underground Crafter is working with 11 other bloggers to bring you the Little Gifts Sew-Along. They'll be providing small sewing projects every-other-Tuesday all year (25 small projects in total). We are sponsoring one of the prizes for participants (a set of our 6" craft and fabric storage boxes).  

Enamel Pins from Global Backyard Industries -- Unboxing and Giveaway!

December 18, 2018

Jennifer at Fiber Flux provides a video unboxing of our Colorful Characters enamel pin collection, and hosts a giveaway (ended). 

The video:


Free Knitting Scarf Pattern ‚Äď Edison Park

November 23, 2018

Pia at Stitches n Scraps has created a beautiful free shoulder shawl pattern for knitters that is accessible for newbies and experts alike. It uses just one skein of our hand dyed fingering weight merino blend yarn from Candy Skein. An easy and quick knit with beautiful results.

Home Decor with Letter Charts (entire Alphabet!)

November 16, 2018

Pia at Stitches n Scraps provides an update to her Boo Blocks crochet home decor project that uses our 4" birch wood painting panels. Using her new  crochet letter charts, you can spell out Joy, Peace, Love, Dream, or any other words you like on your crochet sleeves -- which fit perfectly on the panels -- and make for a perfect holiday (or other) display.

Free Crochet Pattern ‚Äď Boo Blocks Home Decor Pattern

October 25, 2018

Pia at Stitches n Scraps provides a crochet pattern for making Halloween themed crocheted home decor using our painting panels as the base. 

Storage Box set review from Stitches n Scraps

August 17, 2018

Read the review of our Storage Box set at Stitches n Scraps, and enter a giveaway to win your own set (through August 31). 

Colorful Characters Button Flair Unboxing, Review & Giveaway from Fiber Flux 

July 7, 2018

Read the review and see the unboxing video of our Colorful Characters six-pack of pin back buttons with Jennifer at Fiber Flux, and enter a giveaway (through July 16). 

The unboxing video: 


Christmas in July Crochet Along 

July 2018 

Marie from the Underground Crafter and Pia from Stitches N Scraps are hosting the Christmas in July Crochet Along, with 14 designers providing free patterns for you to use and get started on your holiday gift projects. We're providing one of the giveaways for those that participate (a set of our storage boxes). 


Christmas in July Crochet-Along, Stitches N Scraps, July 2, 2018


INTRODUCING THE 2018 CHRISTMAS IN JULY CROCHET ALONG! Underground Crafter, July 2, 2018 


Christmas in July ‚Äď Week 2 Round-Up (*highlighting our storage boxes), Stitches N Scraps, July 13, 2018


ROUNDUP: 24 FREE CROCHET PATTERNS FOR THE HOME (*highlighting our storage boxes), Underground Crafter, July 13, 2018


Fiber Flux Unboxing, Review & Giveaway 

May 11, 2018

Jennifer from Fiber Flux provides a review of our Deluxe Bonbon Love t-shirt yarn kits and hosts a giveaway (through 3/21). 

See her unboxing video: 

Stitches 'n Scraps Review & Giveaway 

May 11, 2018

Pia from Stitches 'n Scraps provides a review of our Deluxe Bonbon Love t-shirt yarn kits and hosts a giveaway (through 3/30). 

Nicki's Homemade Crafts Review & Giveaway

April 8, 2018

Nicki from Nicki's Homemade Crafts  provides a review of the Ruby and Charley amigurumi kits and hosts a giveaway (through 4/14). 

Crochet 365 Knit Too Review & Free Pattern

March 31, 2018

Cheryl from Crochet 365 Knit Too provides a review of the Ruby and Charley amigurumi kits, and shares the crochet pattern for the little flower that comes pre-made in our Ruby kit. 

Stitches 'n Scraps Review & Giveaway

March 27, 2018

Pia from Stitches N Scraps  provided a review of the Ruby and Charley amigurumi kits, and is hosting a giveaway (through 4/15). 

Jesse at Home Review

March 27, 2018

Jesse from Jesse at Home provided a review of the Charley amigurumi kit. 

Moogly Review & Giveaway

March 19, 2018

Tamara at the Moogly Blog provided a review of both Charley and Ruby the Cactus amigurumi kits, and having a giveaway (enter to win through 4/2). 

High Fiber Diet Podcast review 

December 17, 2017

KaRI Coggie provides a review of Charley the Cactus on her High Fiber Diet podcast (at the 21:20 mark) as well as on her Ravelry page. 

Illuminate Crochet Review

December 15, 2017

Sarah Leighton at Illuminate Crochet posted a nice review of our Charley the Cactus Crochet Kit. 

DesignTime Unboxing & Review 

November 29, 2017

Benjamin Krudwig provides a great Charley unboxing and review on his Design Time vlog, and shows a hyperspeed making of the project as well. Embedded below.

VeryPink Knits Unboxing & Giveaway

November 22, 2017

Staci Perry provides an unboxing video and giveaway contest for our Ruby & Charley Cactus Crochet Kits, embedded below.

TKS Insider video tutorial 

November 16, 2017

Vickie Howell provides a how-to tutorial for our Ruby & Charley Cactus Crochet Kits on a special TKS Insider YouTube show, embedded below. 

Handmade by Stefanie blog post

November 13, 2017

Our Ruby Cactus Crochet Kit was reviewed at Handmade by Stefanie; read her blog review. 

Fiber Flux blog & video

October 31, 2017

Our Charley Cactus Crochet Kit was featured by Jennifer at Fiber Flux; read her blog review and see her unboxing video on YouTube, embedded below. 

Knit Actually Podcast

October 26, 2017

Our Charley Cactus Crochet Kit was featured on Episode 66 of the Knit Actually podcast (begins at the 38:52 mark). 

The Knit Show with Vickie Howell 

October 2017

Our Ruby & Charley Cactus Crochet Kits were featured in Episode #110: Handmade Holiday. Watch on YouTube (embedded below, starting at the 30:00 mark) and read all about it on The Knit Show blog. 

The Coloring Studio - Winter 2017

February 2017

The cover art from our Succulent Serenity coloring book was featured as a coloring page on the Table of Contents spread (page 7) in The Coloring Studio Winter 2017 edition. 

The Coloring Studio - Summer 2016

July 2016

A coloring page from our Succulent Serenity coloring book was featured (page 29), and a quote from us was included in a Q&A (page 30) in The Coloring Studio Summer 2016 edition.

Craft Test Dummies

May 2016

Our Color & Hang product was reviewed on a blog post titled¬†Color & Hang Wall Art Panels - Adult Coloring and Home Decoration. Key quote:¬†I just think it‚Äôs a cool product and wanted to share it with you - and I hope they come out with new designs soon ‚Äď I‚Äôll be buying multiples for myself AND for gifts!

They were also reviewed and shown being painted and colored in a YouTube video by Craft Test Dummies (embedded below).