Having a yarny advent calendar has become a bit of a tradition. It's such fun opening up a small packet of yarn each day in the run up to Christmas, and there's so many patterns out there now to use these small quantities of yarn up, from blankets to scarves, socks to shawls.
My advent calendar this year has been put together by Helen of Giddy Yarns. It's actually a Charity Collaboration Advent, twenty four different dyers have each dyed up 10g of yarn which I think is so much fun. I've had yarn from some of the dyers before but not all of them so it will give me a chance to sample yarn from a number of dyers without having to buy a full skein from them. Money has been raised through the sale of these boxes for three different charities, which is such a great idea too.
I've also done an advent swap with my lovely friend Maggie from BlackCountry Wench blog. We're swapping 5g mini skeins from our leftovers, and a full skein to open on Christmas Day. We did the same thing last year.
Maggie has sent it in a beautiful box and very kindly added lots of extra little 'brown paper packages tied up with string' which she's said I can open throughout advent or alternatively open on Christmas Day. I think I may wait, I do love the anticipation of having gifts to open. There is one which she's told me to open before the big day, and there's also a card which I'm to open on the 1st of December.
Just three more days to wait now until I can start opening them.
Advent calendars seem so popular now, you can get all sorts of things to open on the days leading up to Christmas, candles, stickers, tea, cosmetics, etc. and of course, chocolate.
Have you got an advent calendar?