Old Maiden Aunt Yarns

Studio 30. Ritchie Street. West Kilbride. KA23 9AL. Scotland. info@oldmaidenaunt.com

The KiltWalk – karmic balancing gifts!!

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as i mentioned in a previous post, i’m going to be doing The KiltWalk in april as part of a team fundraising for Hearing Dogs UK.  since the size of our team has grown, we’re now aiming to raise £3000 – and thanks to some lovely, generous folk, we’re already nearly a third of the […]

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2015 club – the explorers club

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it’s that time again – the february parcels for the 2015 sock club (in collaboration with the marvellous Ms. Karie Bookish) have all gone out, so it should be safe to reveal this month’s inspiration.  this year’s club is inspired by the themes & characters of the cult tv hit “Penny Dreadful”, which i talked […]

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KiltWalking for Hearing Dogs!!!

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well, it's a new year, and that means a new fundraising & athletic challenge! this time around, i'll be doing The KiltWalk, which is a marathon-length walk from Glasgow to Loch Lomond (in kilts, of course). The KiltWalk runs several events a year throughout scotland, to raise money for various childrens' charities. and, if you […]

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cold sheep

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if you’re active on Ravelry and other knitting-related social media, you may have seen the wee bit of drama that happened last week, when a US-based indie dyer started a (possibly slightly ill-advised) discussion about “cold-sheeping”. this is basically the knitter’s version of cold turkey, and usually resurfaces every new year, as some knitters make […]

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2015 club – rarest orchid

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dorian: the rarest orchid on earth, thus the most expensive. vanessa: is it poisonous? dorian: like all beautiful things, i hope so. although i run a yarn club every year, this time around it’s been a bit of a departure from my normal format, and i’m working in collaboration with the marvellous Ms. Karie Bookish […]

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in a pickle

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those of you who follow me on twitter will already know that the last month or so has been quite stressful, involving illness, an abrupt hospitalisation, and some unexpected surgery for the RSA (my partner, the Resident Sock Appreciator). since i’m not great at coping with sudden changes, and i rely quite a lot on […]

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2015 club!!!

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    the Old Maiden Aunt Yarns 2015 club is here!!!   as most of you already know, i’ve had an extremely busy and challenging year (yay for busy!! not so much yay for challenging). my workload this year hugely increased, and i ended up giving myself an excellent case of tennis elbow which is […]

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wool week (part three)

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on thursday, i had a full day of classes booked. first up was Fair Isle Yokes with the amazing Hazel Tindall. she gave us a quick talk about various pattern & colour options, as well as the overall shape & structure of yoked sweaters, amply illustrated by loads of her gorgeous samples.     inspired, […]

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wool week (part two)

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it’s been a busy couple of days!!! on monday, i hopped in a coach with 40 other knitters to head over to the Jamieson’s of Shetland mill. there had been a slight change in the weather, so the bus journey took a bit longer than normal.     once we eventually arrived at the mill, […]

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wool week (part one)

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    i'm in SHETLAND!!!! land of wind, rain & brilliant sunshine (sometimes all at once). land of shetland ponies, shetland sheep, and shetlanders, all of whom are simultaneously sweet, lovely, & tough as anything. land of amazing traditional music and vikings who set things on fire. and most of all, land of WOOL, and […]

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