Friday, 8 January 2021

Advent Calendars 2020

First off, I just want to say thank you for all the lovely comments you left on my last post. I try not to get down about things but I suppose it's to be expected after the last couple of years.

I mentioned My Advent Calendars back at the end of November and I thought I'd show you now what I received in them.

My main advent calendar was purchased from Beaches and Birdsong. I'd heard good things about their yarn but had never tried it for myself so it was a leap of faith really as purchasing a yarny advent calendar isn't cheap. I'm so glad I went for this one though, I'm so thrilled with the quality of the yarn, it's so soft and squishy, and I absolutely love the colourways of each of the 10g mini skeins. There were also a few sweet treats, two progress keepers and a stitch marker included.

I also purchased a 12 Days of Christmas Charity Selection Box which Helen from Giddy Yarns organised. It's the same idea as an advent calendar except each of the packages were opened during the twelve days of Christmas. These were 20g minis from twelve different indie yarn dyers. I must admit that some of these colourways aren't ones I'd choose myself but it's been fun having a taste of what each of these dyers offer.

There was also the advent swap which I did with my friend Maggie from BlackCountry Wench blog. I was thoroughly spoilt as in addition to the beautiful yarns included in each package there was a delicious chocolate, and two of the packages contained a beautifully scented lavender sachet and a relaxing bath bomb.

But that's not all. In addition to our daily packages, Maggie and I decided we'd swap a skein of yarn on Christmas Day too and I received this beautiful yarn from Dandelion & Dogwood, a dyer I haven't tried before. It's absolutely beautiful in such a pretty colourway. There was more goodies for Christmas Day too, Thornton's chocolate, Body Shop smellies, a scented candle, a sachet of tea, and the cutest bunny soap. Thank you so much Maggie, it was such a fun swap and I love everything.

This is the second year I've had yarny advent calendars and I really enjoy opening all the little packages, I think it's probably going to become one of my Christmas traditions.


  1. I had my first yarn advent calendar last year, and I loved it, decided not to do it this year and missed it. Your 12 days of Christmas was brilliant, I love all the yarns. I will get another advent calendar this year, they are so much fun and great for scrappy blankets.

  2. It sounds like a lovely tradition to start! You received some really beautiful colourways, but favourite is the one from Dandelion & Dogwood that Maggie sent you, the colours are just delicious!
    I'm looking forward to seeing what you make with them all.

  3. Lots of lovely things! Nice to have some pretty choices of yarn.

  4. Everything is lovely Jo, I now know thanks to you how exciting it is to open those little packages. I love that Christmas day skein of yarn from Maggie what fabulous colours and all the other goodies too wow what a treat. x

  5. These are amazing, such a lovely idea to have lots of new colours to try. Are these wools all wool or are some of them cotton? I can't use actual wool due to itchiness but so many of the amazing dyers only do wool.

    1. All of these have some wool content, none are cotton. Dyers do offer different bases but I haven't seen any all cotton advent calendars. Most of these are merino, have you tried it as it's so soft, even people who have a tendency to itchiness with wool can often tolerate it. Do you have a blog Kay?

  6. All your advent goodies look amazing, Jo. :o)

  7. oh, they are gorgeous, I love the Black country Wench one, such lovely colours.

  8. OMG yarny advent calendars, why did I not know this was a thing??!! Next year I am definitely treting myself to one of them!
    Have a great weekend,

  9. How lovely Jo and I can see a plethora of socks coming this year in amongst other things yarny. Take care, stay safe & warm and huggles.

  10. Oh Oh I want to join in . HOW FUN

  11. How wonderful, you've got plenty to keep you going especially with your pretty scrappy blanket.

  12. What gorgeous yarn! Makes my fingers tingle.

  13. A nice collection of lovely things, thanks for sharing them here.

    All the best Jan

  14. How exciting to have a little package to open every day! It looks like a good way of trying out yarn from different sellers, and the extra treats are fab. We should all have treats during December, I think, and last year we needed them more than ever before. x

  15. Everything is lovely. So many lovely