Yesterday I told you about my slow-growing sock yarn blanket, and today I'm going to tell you about my DIY yarn advent calendar, which should help the blanket grow over December, and give me a little much-needed time out during what can be a rather busy month.
I have lots of mini skeins stashed all over the place, so at the weekend I brought them all together and chose 24 to make into an advent calendar. The choice was fairly arbitrary as I'm going to make sure I have at least a couple of positions in the advent calendar open at any particular time to give me a few options on where to put the yarn for a given day. I'm sure it'll all fit together somehow! I also purchased some chocolates for the calendar - chocolate coins and Malteser reindeer, both festive favourites of mine - some pink and white striped paper bags (5 x 7 inches, readily available on eBay) and some festive number stickers from Hobbycraft.
Putting the calendar together was simple: put a skein in each bag until the pile of skeins was all gone, add some chocolates to each bag, then stick the number stickers on the bags, sealing the bags in the process. The bags were all then glamorously thrown in a carrier bag and hidden away until the end of November (I might upgrade them to a Santa sack at the end of the month, or even hang them in the living room on a washing line for all to see).
I'm not totally certain I will keep up with the advent calendar - it's been a long time since an advent calendar held my interest beyond about December 12th - especially as I also have the Paintbox yarns advent calendar to work through in December, but I will try my hardest to keep up!