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What we're about

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 with backgrounds in librarianship, graphic design, and art direction, and 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 now, which is very exciting. If you are into birds and/or bees, AND can deal with satire and sweary humor, check him out at his website.

For Global Backyard inquiries or collaboration ideas, please contact Gina at

Want to know more about us personally?  

List of Articles

Etsy Seller Interview with Gina of Global Backyard

June 26, 2023, Alura interview

Curious about our business origin story? The head of marketing over at the Etsy selling tool Alura interviewed me. Read all the details at their site. 


Cherry Blossom Beret Crochet Pattern

January 16, 2023, Stitches N Scraps

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, Pepper Knits

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, My Modern Met

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

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, The Slow Bloom

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, Fiber Flux

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, Fiber Flux

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, Aeolidia

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

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

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, Fiber Flux

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! 


Free Beanie Knitting Pattern

January 2021, Stitches N Scraps

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. 


Free Crochet Shawlette Pattern +video

November 19, 2020, Fiber Flux

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

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, Fiber Flux

Jennifer Dickerson, the woman 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 at Home

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! Unboxing from Fiber Flux

August 13, 2019, Fiber Flux 

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 one of our zipper pouches, too.  


Unboxing video from Stitches n Scraps

July 30, 2019, Stitches N Scraps

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, Moogly

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 

July 11, 2019, Fiber Flux

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


Unboxing with Fiber Flux

June 12, 2019, Fiber Flux

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. 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 Pin Unboxing and Giveaway!

December 18, 2018, Fiber Flux

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


Free Knitting Scarf Pattern – Edison Park

November 23, 2018, Stitches N Scraps

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, Stitches N Scraps

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 – Boo Blocks Home Decor Pattern

October 25, 2018, Stitches N Scraps

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 

August 17, 2018, Stitches N Scraps

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 Unboxing, Review & Giveaway 

July 7, 2018, Fiber Flux

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). 


Christmas in July Crochet Along 

July 2018, Underground Crafter & Stitches N Scraps

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). 



Unboxing, Review & Giveaway for T-shirt yarn kits

May 11, 2018, Fiber Flux 

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


T-shirt Yarn Kits Review & Giveaway 

May 11, 2018, Stitches N Scraps

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's Homemade Crafts

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, Crochet 365 Knit Too

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. 


Crochet Cactus Kits Review & Giveaway

March 27, 2018, Stitches N Scraps

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


Charley Cactus Kit Review

March 27, 2018, Jessie at Home

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


Cactus Kits Review & Giveaway

March 19, 2018, Moogly

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, High Fiber Diet

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


Charley Cactus Crochet Kit Review

December 15, 2017, Illuminate Crochet

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


Charley Cactus Kit Unboxing & Review 

November 29, 2017, Design Time

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


Ruby & Charley Cactus Kits Unboxing & Giveaway

November 22, 2017, Very Pink Knits

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


Vickie Howell Cactus Kit tutorial

November 16, 2017, TKS Insider

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


Ruby Cactus Kit Product Review

November 13, 2017, Handmade by Stefanie

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


Charley Cactus Kit review

October 31, 2017, Fiber Flux

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


Charley Cactus Kit Podcast Review

October 26, 2017, Knit Actually

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


Cactus Kits on The Knit Show 

October 2017, The Knit Show with Vickie Howell

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


Another Succulent Serenity Coloring Book Page Feature

February 2017, The Coloring Studio

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


Succulent Serenity Coloring Book Page Feature

July 2016, The Coloring Studio

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.


Color & Hang Art Panel review

May 2016, Craft Test Dummies

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’s a cool product and wanted to share it with you - and I hope they come out with new designs soon – I’ll be buying multiples for myself AND for gifts!

Watch them being painted and colored in a video.

Blog posts

New Chunky Hat Knitting Kit

New Chunky Hat Knitting Kit

I'm loving the free knitting pattern for the adorable Chunky Chelsea Hat by Christina Lundborg. So much so that I recently knit up several using some of my hand-dyed bulky-weight yarn. I'm obsessed!      ...

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