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.