Tuesday, 4 January 2022

Advent Calendars 2021

Back in November I told you about My Advent Calendars For 2021. I had two advent calendars this year, a Charity Collaboration which was organised by Helen of Giddy Yarns and a swap I did with Maggie from BlackCountry Wench blog. I thought I'd show you what I received in each of them.

Twenty four independent dyers collaborated to bring together the yarny advent calendar I bought this year. I received a 10g mini skein from each of the dyers, one to be opened on each day of advent, and there was a lovely assortment of colours. I've bought yarn from a number of the dyers in the past but this is a great way to try yarn from the other dyers without having to buy a full skein. Helen also included a sachet of Thornton's Luxury Hot Chocolate and a hand balm from The Lonely Knitter. Money was raised from the sale of these advent calendars which was donated equally amongst three different charities.

Maggie thoroughly spoilt me with the swap parcel I received from her. We made up a parcel of twenty four 5g mini skeins to be opened throughout advent but Maggie also included chocolates, a needle minder, a needle keep, a tape measure, a tree ornament and a tin of Vaseline Gold Dust Lip Therapy. Just look at all those gorgeous colours, and all wound on bobbins ready to use. 

At the beginning of advent, Maggie said I could open one of the gifts and it turned out to be a book, The Canal Boat Cafe Christmas by Cressida Mclaughlin, so I read this in the lead up to Christmas, it was a nice Christmassy tale.

We'd agreed to swap a skein of yarn on Christmas Day and I received this gorgeous Little Bear Yarn in the Vintage Yule colourway. Thank you Maggie, I love it. There were also so many more little parcels in the box which Maggie said I could open throughout advent if I wished but I saved them all and opened them on Christmas Day. 

I'm sure you'll agree, I opened some wonderful things in my advent calendars this year, and I received some wonderful gifts in the swap. Thank you Maggie, I love everything.

Some of my mini skeins will be added to my scrappy blanket but I'd like to have a look for some other projects to use them in too as I've still got lots of mini skeins to use from previous advent calendars.

I really enjoy opening the little yarny parcels in the countdown to Christmas, it's the third year I've had yarny advent calendars and it's now become a part of my Christmas traditions.


  1. Your advent calendars look delightful and what a nice gift of the book from your friend.

  2. I'm glad you liked everything Jo, I really enjoy putting these advents together. I so enjoyed opening mine this year, thank you x

  3. So many lovely items Jo I can see why you enjoy opening those advent calendars. I can't wait to see what you make with those mini skeins of yarn. xx

  4. Those are all lovely yarns for you to try out, Jo, and some lovely non-yarny gifts too!

  5. Such a smashing idea. What's not to love about yarn ?

  6. This is certainly a different take on the more traditional advent calendar and how lovely that you got lots of little parcels to open :)

  7. What a lovely idea! I'm sure opening your advent calendar each day and finding some lovely yarn that you can use in your crafting projects was fun especially when friends participate too.

  8. Goodness me, these were great calendars weren't they.
    Lovely gifts and yarn.
    I like the look of the book too, an enjoyable read for Christmas.

    Have a lovely week, I think it's going to get colder!

    All the best Jan

  9. You were thoroughly spoilt! The gifts will last all through the year too releasing a little happiness each time you use them.

  10. What great advent calendars! I can't have the usual chocolate ones so had a look around for something a bit more creative, but couldn't make up my mind.

  11. The goodies you got from the calendars is awesome. You'll have lots of fun with the variety of colors and textures etc.
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