I am not a religious person, but I am a sucker for pomp and circumstance. I love the Episcopal Church because we generally have amazing churches, with classic stained glass, big organs (that’s what she said), amazing hymns, there are female clergy and the outfits are amazing. We even have a liturgical calendar that has specific colors and stuff. And we welcome everyone, but that’s a different post.
Growing up, I took an interest in the Church and loved all the pageantry around the holidays. Advent was super cool. There are four Sundays, and we even made our own advent wreaths, with spiffy candles for each Sunday in anticipation of Christmas Day. The Advent calendar is part of that. OK, enough simplifying of Christmas and stuff. Please don’t yell at me for that brief explanation.
In the last 5- 7 years, so many independent dyers have taken on Advent calendars, and they are gorgeous, and an outrageous amount of work. Whether it is 10 or 10g mini skeins, everything is dyed, wound, and individually wrapped. And this is why they are often fairly pricey. They have been out of my budget.
This year, I made my own, using Row One Yarns Carnival of Color mini skeins I had collected over the last two years. I did the same thing last year, but never, ever knit with them. This year, being on a stash-down (sort of), t was going to happen! I sorted them into two piles by their tone – light and dark (is that tone, or hue – whatever), and alternated them in the calendar, not really planning how it would look in the end. I chose the Habitation Throw by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade Knits, and I actually KNIT on December 1st.
But wait, there’s more. Someone generously gifted me the Sweet Georgia Yarns 2018 Advent Calendar, which is 20 days of 25g of yarn, and a pattern, with 4 days of notions mixed in there. Dang it, if it was a gift, I HAD to knit it.
So those are my plans for the season. It’s about an hour of knitting a day, so it is not overwhelming. It is meditative (except knitting with silk lace on the Sweet Georgia one), which is the purpose of an Advent Calendar. To prepare and anticipate the arrival of Christ. At the arrival of Christmas, I will have a shawl and a throw, both out of stash. No complaints here!