Old Maiden Aunt Yarns

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

tenement tiles

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it’s true – Ms. Bookish & i have been collaborating again!!  i’m very excited to introduce the gorgeous tenement tiles mitts, just in time for holiday gifting (either for the knitter in your life, or for yourself….)


designed by karina westermann using Old Maiden Aunt handpainted yarn, this beautiful colourwork pattern was inspired by the late 19th century ceramic tiles found in many tenement blocks in glasgow.  it uses the Old Maiden Aunt 100% superwash merino 4ply in a brand-new, kit exclusive colourway, and the kit includes enough yarn to knit the mitts (50 grams/200 yards of both the new colourway and the undyed yarn) as well as the pattern booklet. both the dyed colourway & the pattern booklet will only be available in kit form, and a limited edition, numbered run of one hundred kits has been produced – once they’re gone, they’re gone!!!


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i’m so happy to be collaborating with karina again – we both loved the sherlock-themed club that we worked on together last year, and have had a lot of fun putting this kit together.  i did a lot of colourway experimentation for this, and finally came up with something that we both felt reflected the unexpected beauty of the old tenement tiles.  in glasgow, this kind of tiled communal hallway is known as a “wally close” – a “close” is the communal hall/stairway in a tenement block, and “wally” in scots is used to refer to anything ceramic.  it comes from an archaic scots slang word meaning “strong & durable”, as well as from an old english word meaning “faded”, so i was aiming for a colour that hinted at both.  by building up several layers of pale colours, i think i’ve just about managed it – the new, kit exclusive colourway “wally close” is made up of layered greens & blues with touches of gold & gray.  since the yarn is hand-dyed, there will understandably be variation between kits!


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you can find the kits in the web shop here, and for more information about the pattern, check out karina’s blog post here!!

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