community yarn fund

community yarn fund


there’s been a lot of discussion over the past year about various kinds of exclusion in the knitting & making community – whether that be because of race/ethnicity, sexuality, size, or disability (to name but a few).  one of the things that came up as well was financial accessibility, which is quite a tricky topic. {…Continue Reading}

have yarn, will travel

have yarn, will travel


hi folks!!! i’m dipping my toe back into the blog world to let you know about a couple of things i’ve got coming up at the end of this year & the start of next year. now that i’m properly settled in to a work routine in the home studio, i’m trying to get out {…Continue Reading}

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spring/summer mitts-a-long!!!


hi folks, it’s been a while!  sorry for the radio silence over here; things got a little crazy with some personal stuff as well as the total chaos of Edinburgh Yarn Fest prep, and blogging slid to the bottom of the huge, endless pile of things-to-do.  now that spring weather has started appearing here in {…Continue Reading}

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new yarns for old


with 2018 ending and 2019 about to start, i’ve decided it’s a good time to take stock of my yarns, and see what changes need to be made.  with that in mind, i’ve made some decisions that i need to tell you about! firstly, the superwash merino/silk 4ply will be discontinued, effective immediately.  the current {…Continue Reading}

NHNW kit

not here & never was


i recently released a shawl kit in collaboration with the marvellous Anna Maltz which i’m really excited about! although it’s been in the wild for a few weeks now, i thought i should probably tell you a little bit more about it. the shawl kit (& pattern) is called “not here & never was”, and {…Continue Reading}

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BLING BLING


(fair warning – this post and all links may include words that some folk might consider rude. if you’re not a fan of sweary words, or don’t want to read about tits, GO NO FURTHER and definitely don’t click any links.) a couple of months ago, the fabulous Countess Ablaze dyed two limited edition colourways {…Continue Reading}

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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}

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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}

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ch-ch-ch-ch-changes


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}