Old Maiden Aunt Yarns

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


as many of you probably know, last week, the marvellous Kate Davies published a gorgeous new pattern – A Hap For Harriet, using Old Maiden Aunt shetland 2ply.



the shawl is perfectly Kate – clean & classic, using traditional techniques & inspiration to create a finished object that's modern & eminently wearable. Kate had approached me several weeks ago to request yarn support, and had messaged me again a few days before the pattern release to give me a heads up.


i felt prepared – i had a decent stock of dyed shetland, a backup pile of undyed base yarn, and had made a few fresh batches of the colourway Kate had used (“bitter bug”) in case there was a sudden run on that particular colour. but i wasn't too worried – despite Kate's amazing designs & her committed following, the shetland hasn't been one of my best sellers (i'm not sure why – i think a lot of folk have a mistaken belief that shetland will be scratchy, while this is anything but!).


well, the day of the pattern release dawned – and by the time i got up that saturday morning (about a half hour later than Kate did, as quickly became apparent) i had fifty emails. and they kept coming, and kept coming, and by the end of the day, the shelves that had been packed full of dyed shetland looked like this.



i was frantically dyeing more & restocking it as quickly as i could, and the orders (& hopeful emails) still kept coming. and by the end of the week, the shelves that had been packed full of undyed base yarn looked like this.



alas, since this yarn is custom-made for OMA, it's not something that my supplier keeps a regular stock of – i've requested a re-spin, but it could take up to six weeks. this means that the few skeins of dyed shetland i currently have in stock (about seven skeins, as i write this!) are literally all there is. it also means, unfortunately, that i may not receive the base yarn in time to dye more before Unwind Brighton (which is particularly gutting, as i would have loved to bring some along).


so, to the currently hap-less, i can only apologise – obviously it's brilliant for me to have so many sales, and i'm very excited to get so much of the lovely & so far underappreciated shetland out into the world! – but i know how frustrating it is to not be able to snag the yarn you really want. i'm hoping the six week wait time for a re-spin is an outside estimate and i'm able to get my hands on the base sooner than expected – i'll keep everyone posted on twitter as much as i can!!



11 Responses so far.

  1. Pamela says:

    Is it rude to say “I got mine!” Here’s hoping everyone who wants it can eventually get it!

  2. skeindalous says:

    O well. We must think of it as discipline of our yarny desires.

    Hope you have good sense and make quite a bit more Bitter Bug. As no doubt you will! Such a wonderful green. Not too yellow. Not too blue. Just right, Goldilocks.

    Looking forward to it.

  3. lorraine says:

    Thank you so much. I have just received mine in Canada and love love love it. Your sense of colour is truly amazing.I look forward to ordering this again in the future.

  4. Lydia says:

    Your beautiful yarns are works of art. Waiting a little longer for something that is truly special is certainly only an advantage as far as I can see. I think it is wonderful that you have sold so much. The actual process of spinning, dyeing and making those gorgeous hanks is now highlighted – something truly handcrafted. Well done indeed!

  5. Nisse says:

    Dear Lilith,

    I’m so happy that the shawl has been such a success for Old Maiden Aunt Yarns. For me the shawl was a introduction to your company and I’m so glad it was! I’ve already ordered some of your beautiful yarns and can’t wait to try out more of them in the future.


  6. Theresa says:

    Having seen the pattern on the day of release my husband presented me with a skein of seen the ocean as part of my birthday present. It really is the most wonderful yarn and needless to say the hap is knitting up beautifully. Can’t wait to try some of your other yarns.

  7. Annie Wells says:

    I hope that there is a waiting list for the yarn for Kate’s Hap. If there is please may I join the list and order a skein of the bitter bug when you it in and have dyed it in that perfect green.

    Thanks so much


  8. Kate says:

    I love Shetland wool and am looking forward to placing an order once your 2ply is back in stock, hopefully in one of your Firefly colourways 🙂

  9. Debrielle Welch says:

    I love Kate’s “Hap Shawl For Harriet” and just bought the pattern yesterday. Hope to buy some Bitterbug soon and more of your yarns later.

    I don’t know what is wrong with people, I have always loved Shetland! Oh! So yummy to knit and wear.

  10. Liana says:

    Looks beautiful but what means Hap? I couldn’t translate it and couldn’t find it in my English dictionsary. Thank you.

    • oldmaidenaunt says:

      hi liana
      a “hap” is a traditional style of shetland shawl – hope that helps with your translation! 🙂

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