alpaca silk sport ruanaidh

Loop exclusive!!!

as most of you might already know, the marvellous Loop in London has been a longtime stockist of my alpaca/silk sportweight yarn.  this lush base has always been a good seller at Loop, but for some reason, it’s a bit of a tricky seller for me – i don’t know if you need to feel {…Continue Reading}

in gord we trust

fully completely

in my last post, i gave a sneak peek at another new colourway i’ve been working on recently, which is now available in the web shop (on the merino sock base to start with, but i’ll be rolling it out over all bases within the next few weeks). this new colourway is named “fully completely”, {…Continue Reading}

fully completely

back to the beginning

at the start of 2017, Old Maiden Aunt marked a huge milestone – ten years in business, celebrated with the publication of my first ever book.  and the realisation that i’d really been doing this for that long came as a bit of a shock – when you quietly work away at something day after {…Continue Reading}

Bristol Ivy's beautiful work made me feel like I was on a shoot for a Rowan magazine! - © Jeni Reid

coming home – behind the scenes with jules

here’s another peek behind the scenes at the Coming Home photoshoot, this time with our lovely model Jules! Jules is better known as Woollenflower, and spends her time creating lovely tweed pouches and hand-dyeing gorgeous yarns using natural dyes. she’s not a professional model, but when i thought of the “look” i wanted for the {…Continue Reading}


coming home – full house!!!

i’m super-excited that Edinburgh Yarn Fest is just around the corner, because it means Coming Home will finally be released into the world!! the “official launch” (aka the first time it will be seen in public!) will be at EYF next weekend, with a very few copies still available to pre-order for collection; the pre-order-for-shipping {…Continue Reading}

© Jeni Reid

coming home – behind the scenes with jeni

here’s a little behind-the-scenes peek at the Coming Home photoshoot! i was super excited when Jeni Reid agreed to be the book’s photographer – self-taught pro photographer Jeni has created some absolutely stunning images and the book wouldn’t be the same without them. knitting is a very visual craft, and i’m astounded at the beauty {…Continue Reading}

(taken at the EYF photobooth 2016 & copyright Christos & Dafni)

coming home – pre-orders

as you may have already seen if you follow me on instagram, THE BOOKS HAVE ARRIVED!!! and i even managed to fit all 3000 copies into the studio without too much disruption!! the official launch of the book will be at Edinburgh Yarn Fest in march – this will be the first time the book {…Continue Reading}


coming home – a home for notions

the last pattern from Coming Home isn’t a knitting pattern, but a stitching tutorial for a beautiful notions pouch – a home to keep all your valuable knitting notions safe & sound. this sweet notions pouch is designed by Lorna Reid, a brilliant stitcher, designer, teacher, and creator of amazing hand-sewn lovely things. i’ve known {…Continue Reading}

© Jeni Reid

coming home – inchgarvie

the last knitting pattern (there’s still one more surprise to come!) from Coming Home is the stunning Inchgarvie shawl by Ysolda Teague. i’ve been a longtime fan and friend of Ysolda – in fact, it’s surprising to think about how long we’ve known each other! – and was thrilled when she agreed to design for {…Continue Reading}

© Jeni Reid

coming home – blashy

the next pattern in the “coming home” book is for the lovely “blashy” socks by Rachel Coopey. although she also creates other marvellous knitting designs, Rachel is very well known for her fantastic socks, with over a hundred sock patterns on Ravelry (!!). i was super excited when she agreed to contribute a sock design {…Continue Reading}