Advent is around the corner and I for one am very excited about this. If Advent is a preparation for the Christmas season, then I’m not really sure what the preparation for Advent is called … but I’ve been hard at it throughout October and November with the initial planning in late September too. Yes, it’s time for the annual BarberBlackSheep Spinner’s Advent Calendar!
By the end of November my work on this is done and I’m ready to sit back and let the spinners take over. Hopefully everybody has theirs now and has enjoyed putting them up or stowing them safely away to reduce the temptation to peek! I was asked for ideas as to how to hang the Calendar and I’d hoped to do a blog post about it. I’m really sorry but I’ve just run out of time to write up and photograph one and so I’ve turned to my lovely customers for their help. Each year it’s been fun to see how they choose to display theirs and there are some really great ideas. So the following are photos from my Ravelry group thread. I’ll include the link to their Ravelry name to credit them.
I do punch a hole in each packet to enable people to hang them up more easily with bits of yarn or ribbon or string. This year I’ve punched double holes in for different ways of threading them. It does take a little while to make the loops but then again, it’s a great way to use up scraps of pretty hand spun yarn that is too short for anything else (other than tying skeins of course!)
This first photo is from Kokori and she has chosen to hang hers with pegs. It’s lovely and colourful because, like a few other Advent spinners, she’s also taken part in the Advent Calendar swap on the Ravelry UK spinners group too so she has a double dose of spinning fun this December. She’s already had some great ideas for using her Advent yarns in a project which I can’t wait to see in due course. You can see her swatch in the BarberBlackSheep thread here.
Twit2woo has also chosen pegs along a line – as she says, she’s wisely left a gap directly above the woodburner though to avoid accidents! Although wool is naturally fire-retardant, the paper bags the fibres are wrapped are definitely flammable! Twit2woo is a seasoned Advent spinner and strung her 2016 calendar above a window.
Ellaria‘s hanging choice from last year and the year before involved hanging 4 straight knitting needles from a door with twine and pegging the packets to the needles. I confess that Ellaria’s pegs have become something of a favourite Advent thing for me because how can you possibly resist sparkly dinosaurs?…
Ellaria also reminded us that the first year we did this, someone (I’m sorry, I forget who) had theirs in a bowl on their desk. This mention has inspired gaynorgraves to come up with this beautiful arrangement in a basket complete with fairy lights and decorations.
firetriniti is another double calendar spinner from the UK Spinners swap. I’m really looking forward to seeing the swap this year – was it last year or the year before that by complete co-incidence the first two days of fibres were the same colour as the ones I’d planned which was very spooky! Wonder if we’ll get any matching days this year! Firetriniti initially didn’t think she had space to hang out her calendars but got creative over the window with string and paperclips … and it’s lovely and festive!
And mjm has created a “tree” to hang hers on – this is created from nails and handspun yarn which is a really innovative way of “hanging” the packets and Christmas decorations. I love the little colourwork mitten there too!
Another lovely Christmas Tree shape from Jennie13
Colourful lights adorning hissyspittykitty’s calendar.
emmadayle has hers in the living room strung through the holes (I think!) and I also love that she has a TeaPig tea advent calendar in the kitchen too for sharing – might have to steal that idea for next year for myself!
And I really love that our-nelly’s daughter got her hands on her mum’s calendar and made this beautiful arrangement using the laundry peg dryer. Tops marks for innovation!
Hopefully these pictures have given anyone still wondering how to display theirs a few ideas. If you like to get your Christmas tree early you could hang them on the tree. When I was small, one of my friends had an advent calendar which was odd (clean!) socks with chocolates in for each child hung from a walking stick over the doorway, which was a tradition from the Norwegian side of her family. So I quite like the idea of hanging them over a doorway (as long as they don’t get in the way of course!).
And if you’re really short of space, or you have naughty kittens or puppies (like me at the moment!) or just don’t want to have them hanging about, I do pack them in day order in the festive outer bag with Day 1 ready at the top. So there’s nothing to stop you from having the bag by your spinning wheel or chair or sitting on a table somewhere and just dipping in each day to get your spinning fibre without too much hunting about!
Happy spinning and happy Advent.