Old Maiden Aunt Yarns

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

on holiday, & offline

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so far, 2015 has been a tricky year. towards the end of last year, i mentioned that the RSA hadn't been very well; unfortunately that's still ongoing, and although all tests so far (touch wood) haven't shown anything scary or life-threatening, they're still trying to work out exactly what's causing the problem, which as you […]

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two days, two tops, can’t stop

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this sewing thing is rapidly getting out of hand – over the space of two days, i've cut & sewed two new tops!!!     this time, i used the super-simple Kimono Top pattern by Salme – my first attempt was in some plain white cotton lawn i found cheap on ebay & did a […]

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holy crap, i sewed some stuff!!!

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sewing my own clothes is something i've always wanted to be able to do, but haven't found the time (or courage!) to try out before now. i've always been too nervous of making mistakes – knitting is quite forgiving in that if you do something wrong, it's super-easy to rip it out & try again, […]

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smokin’ summer sale!!

on friday night, there was a minor dyepot/burner/i’m an idiot incident at the studio, resulting in some seriously charred yarn. the studio, all the undyed stock, and myself are all completely safe & unharmed, but unfortunately all of the current stock of dyed yarn now smells of smoke. some of the yarns seem to have […]

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the yarn factory

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i don’t know about you, but until i started doing this full time, i have to admit i had a bit of an idealised notion about the life of a yarn-dyer (or anyone who does “craft” as a job, probably!). as Karie discussed a couple of weeks ago, the rise of craft bloggers and spaces like […]

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introducing…

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…a new laceweight yarn for the Old Maiden Aunt shop!!! the new base is a 55% superwash bluefaced leicester & 45% silk, with 800 yards per 100 gram skein. although it’s technically a superwash yarn, i’d still recommend hand-washing, simply due to the fine & delicate nature of most knitted laceweight fabrics! the blend of […]

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yarn shop day – 2nd May!!!

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  this year, the OMA studio will be hosting an event for the second annual Yarn Shop Day!! created last year by Let's Knit Magazine, Yarn Shop Day is meant to encourage knitters/crocheters/fibre crafters to take a day trip out to their local (or not so local!) yarn shop and show small business crafters some […]

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one week from today

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in exactly one week from today, i will be sitting with my feet up for a well-deserved rest, because i will have just walked TWENTY-SIX MILES to raise money for Hearing Dogs UK and The KiltWalk!!!     our team, Bran's Flakes, are walking for Hearing Dogs UK in memory of team member Lisa's hearing […]

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2015 club – night work

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(vanessa, to ethan): i have a need for some night work…  i have a need for a gentleman who’s comfortable with firearms, and not hesitant to engage in dangerous endeavours…” the last month of this year’s club is upon us – the march parcels for the 2015 sock club (in collaboration with the marvellous Ms. […]

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edinburgh yarn fest!!

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in a couple of short days, i'll be loading up my car with as much yarn as i can (it's surprising how much wool you can fit in a Corsa!) and trekking it over to edinburgh for the much-anticipated Edinburgh Yarn Fest. i'm super-excited about this year – the first EYF (two years ago) was […]

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