all change

a lot of things have been changing recently here at Old Maiden Aunt – first there were the dyeing method experiments (which so far, are working pretty well), then the new website (which is still in progress, with lots more yarn still to be uploaded). and you would think that for someone who really REALLY {…Continue Reading}

crotal buidhe

Uist Wool at Edinburgh Yarn Fest!!!

once again, Edinburgh Yarn Fest is fast approaching (gulp!) and i’m in my last stages of packing and organising before we head off for the big event next week. in total, i’m bringing nearly 2500 skeins of yarn – but out of everything that i’ll have with me this year, i’m most excited about one {…Continue Reading}

it's alive!!!

it’s alive!!!

well, if you’re here reading this, you might notice that things have changed around here. that’s right – the new website is live!!! there are still quite a few things to sort out – we couldn’t do a bulk import of product records from the old website, so that means i have to add each {…Continue Reading}

new website screenshot


over the ten (nearly eleven!!) years that i’ve been in business, i’ve kept on doing things pretty much the same. same suppliers for dye & yarn (for the most part); same dyeing method (although recently i started having to make some modifications to that!); same website & shop design. some of this is down to {…Continue Reading}

eyf stand 2017

HELP WANTED – Edinburgh Yarn Fest!!!

as you may or may not know (but really, how could you not know??!?) Edinburgh Yarn Fest is back for another year!!! in previous years, it’s been a big, busy event – but last year, it was UNBELIEVABLE. i thought i had dyed enough yarn and found enough help, but….. …..I HAD NOT. i was {…Continue Reading}


yarn club – experimental

exciting news – after a wee hiatus, Old Maiden Aunt Yarns is once again running a yarn club!!! the theme this year is EXPERIMENTAL…. the format for this club will be slightly different from previous clubs, so this blog post will hopefully answer any & all club related questions that you might have. what format {…Continue Reading}

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}