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the homecoming collection

2009 is the 250th anniversary of the birthday of robert burns, and in honour of that, scotland is throwing what amounts to a year-long, country-wide party - with the theme of "homecoming", to encourage everyone to "come home" to scotland this year.  2009 is also the 10th anniversary of my own homecoming to scotland - i arrived here from canada in 1999, and over the years, it has definitely become my home.  this country has hundreds of amazing & beautiful things, and they've inspired me to create a new range of scottish colourways - the homecoming collection.

please note that the colourways in this collection will only be available until the end of 2009!!  i'm planning to keep some colourways from this collection as part of my normal range after the year is over ("dreich", "hebridean", & "lon-dubh") but the rest of the colourways in the collection will no longer be available after the end of this year - they will be replaced by a new collection for 2010.

ae fond kiss 

the pale pink blush of love, tinged with the faint blue of sadness...  "ae fond kiss, and then we sever/ae fareweel, alas, forever/... never met - or never parted/we had ne'er been broken hearted" (robert burns, "ae fond kiss", 1791)


the pale greenish-brown of bracken (ferns), which covers the hills & moors throughout scotland.


the pale, washed out gray-blue of a "dreich" (gray & rainy) day.  "dreich" is one of the first scottish words i learned when i moved here - and no surprise, either, as gray & rainy weather is one of the first things people think of when they think of scotland!  


shading from a medium heathery purple through to a pale pink, this is the colour of fraoch (the gaelic word for heather, pronounced fray-ock)


the deep brown/black/gray of a hebridean fleece.  the hebrides are not only beautiful, they're also home to hebridean sheep, who produce a gorgeous natural deep black fleece which becomes bleached by the sun & develops hints of brown & gray.

lon-dubh (blackbird)

the deepest blue-black of a blackbird's feathers.  this was inspired by a song sung by julie fowlis, which is a beautiful gaelic translation of the beatles' song "blackbird" (& is pronounced lon-doo).

red red rose

a deep semi-solid rich rose-red.  "o my luve's like a red, red rose/that's newly sprung in june" (robert burns, "red, red rose", 1794)

whisky galore

the amber/honey/gold/brown of a really good single malt whisky - quintessentially scottish!!  the name is inspired by a great scottish film of the same name from 1949.

all of these colourways will be available in several different bases in the Old Maiden Aunt shop, but depending on demand, they may not all be available all at once!  for the most part, i dye my yarns either as single, one-off skeins, or in small batches of 2-3 skeins per colourway - so if you see something you like it's best to snap it up!  if you're desperate for a colourway that is now sold out, feel free to email me & i'll see what i can do.

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