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coming home – canadee-i-o

up next in the “coming home” book is the stunning “canadee-i-o” cowl by Bristol Ivy. i really admire Bristol’s designs – she has a quirky approach to construction and a very clean design aesthetic that really speaks to me, so i was very happy when she agreed to design this beautiful cowl for my book. {…Continue Reading}


coming home – homecoming cake

i’m super excited to reveal the next contributor to the Coming Home book – this time, it’s not a knitting pattern, but a DELICIOUS cake recipe and beautiful essay. and who better to write about cake than the marvellous Clara Parkes?…. When life gets tough, when I’ve finished my word count, and I can’t see {…Continue Reading}

© Anna Maltz

coming home – bounnet

the next pattern to be revealed in the “coming home” book is a truly unique colourwork hat by anna maltz, the “bounnet” hat. anna has a really unusual way of approaching knitting, using unconventional processes and techniques to create stunning projects that are true works of art. I’m really excited to share my pattern with {…Continue Reading}

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coming home – st. andrews shawl

the next pattern to be revealed in the “coming home” book is a gorgeous two-colour shawl by kirsten kapur, the “st. andrews shawl”. i love Kirsten’s use of colour, lace, and tiny cables in this beautiful shawl – it’s even more stunning in person and i’m really happy to have this lovely knit in the {…Continue Reading}

wild mountain time swatch & mitts on line

coming home – wild mountain time

the first pattern to be revealed in the “coming home” book is the beautiful cover project, the “wild mountain time” mitts designed by the amazing Felicity Ford (AKA Felix, AKA Knitsonik). i’ve been a fan of Felix’s since i took a Quotidian Colourwork class with her at Shetland Wool Week a couple of years ago. {…Continue Reading}

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coming home

so, as i revealed in my previous post, I’M MAKING A BOOK!!! before i tell you more about each of the designs, i thought i’d give you a little more detail about the overall idea behind the book. the title of the book is “coming home”, and for me, that means not only the knitting {…Continue Reading}

coming home cover

#topsecret #newproject #comingsoon

if you follow me on twitter on instragram, you’ll have seen quite a few slightly cryptic posts using the hashtags #topsecret #newproject #comingsoon …. and now, i’m finally able to reveal what i’m up to!! in january 2017, Old Maiden Aunt Yarns will be TEN YEARS OLD!!! many of you may know this already, but {…Continue Reading}


one breath at a time

like a lot of folk, i was stunned by the results of the recent election in the USA. i never imagined that things were this bad; that fear, and hatred, and anger, would win out once again. i spent most of yesterday feeling physically sick at the thought of what else is to come – {…Continue Reading}


true colours

by now, i’m sure pretty much everyone has heard about the awful events in orlando. there’s been a huge variation in how this is being reported in the media; what they seemed to have in common, though, especially in the immediate aftermath, was a refusal to acknowledge that this was an attack specifically directed against {…Continue Reading}


2016 collection – february & march

so as you saw in january, i’ve created a new collection for 2016 that is based around movie & tv “bad girls”. it just occurred to me that i completely forgot to post about the february & march colourways (whoops) so here they are at last! in february, the theme continued with a colourway inspired {…Continue Reading}