Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Norah George Yarn Advent Calendar Unboxing

Gosh, it feels like forever since I last talked to you guys about anything that was knitting-related!  I guess probably because I was working on some top secret Christmas gifts, but you can expect a lot more coming soon, like very soon.  Probably next week!  There's a project I was working on for a Christmas gift that I am so insanely excited to share with you guys!

But that's something that's coming up.  Let's focus on today!  Every year for Christmas John and I get each other an advent calendar.  I never grew up with them but John did, and since he's obsessed with LEGO, I always get him the LEGO City Advent Calendar.  But I'm a little more tricky I guess.  I think last year I got the Benefit Advent Calendar, and since I didn't see anything makeup related that I was really excited about I didn't know what to do.  Then I saw Tracy from Norah George post on Instagram that she was doing a yarn advent calendar.  Like, what is life even?  That sounds divine.  So I sent the link over to John and crossed my fingers and I got it!

Now this is sock yarn/fingering weight yarn, something that I have absolutely no experience with but seems to be all you can get your hands on as far as indie brands on Etsy who hand-dye their yarn.  I've been scrolling through pages upon pages of yarn for months and months just drooling over how gorgeous all of these different skeins were so I thought this would be a great way to dip my toe in the yarn, especially since for the 24 days of advent gifts we got mini skeins.  I honestly don't really have any desire to ever make socks but I know there are so many more things that can be made with this weight of yarn.  So let's dive on in and see what I got!

One of the really nice things that she did for this advent calendar was give us two gifts to unwrap on December 1, as well as a gift to unwrap on Christmas!  For our December 1st gift, I got all of these goodies, each of which I didn't have but definitely needed.  We got these cute little scissors that are living happily in my kit that I keep in my project bag.  We also got these adorable charm stitch markers shaped like a snowflake, a candy cane and Santa's sleigh.  Lastly, we got this awesome row counter which has already come in handy for me as I'm working on a striped scarf for John.  To count each row you just hit the big button and it keeps track for you!  It also fits right around your finger, which is very convenient.

Each of the mini yarn skeins that were included in this calendar were named after Christmas songs, films, characters or song lyrics.  It was actually fun to think about what the skein might look like before unwrapping it.  I found that I was much less creative than Tracy!  Every skein that she dyed is a home run.  There isn't one that I don't love and it's even harder to pick a favorite!  Her yarn is all a mix of superwash merino and either nylon or nylon high twist.  I won't even pretend to know what any of that means haha I'm not too hip to the knitting lingo quite yet!

Left to Right:  Santa Claus is Coming to Town | Jingle Bells | Love Actually | 
Winter Wonderland | It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas |

Left to Right:  Blue Christmas | The Nightmare Before Christmas | A Christmas Carol |
Holly Jolly Christmas | The Grinch Who Stole Christmas |

Left to Right:  Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer | Baby, It's Cold Outside! | 
Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree | Joyeux Noel | Meet Me In St. Louis |

Left to Right:  The Muppet's Christmas Carol | White Christmas | Jingle All The Way |
Polar Express | Bad Santa |

Left To Right:  Scrooge | It's A Wonderful Life | Buddy The Elf | The Night Before Christmas |

GUH.  How beautiful are those?!  Can you pick a favorite?  Maybe you'll have better luck than me.  But hold onto your butts because the most beautiful one of all is about to show up.  I didn't know what to expect with the Christmas Day package, which was clearly a full-sized skein.  I thought maybe it would be extra Christmas-y with the red and green, but holy crap was I wrong.  Turns out it is the embodiment of princesses and fairies and heaven and fairytales and castles and flowers and fairy dust and unicorns and everything good that ever happened in the world.  I am in love.


Do you see the sparkles?!  This is just so beautiful.  I've been trying to think of something to make with it that is worthy of it's gorgeousness.  I'm thinking a shawl, but I'm going to work with some of the mini skeins before I feel comfortable with working with this weight of yarn.  There are a bunch of shawl patterns on Ravelry that I have favorited so I will have to narrow it all down eventually and pick one!

Did you get a fun advent calendar this year?  Let me know what you got!  And if you're a knitter or crocheter, let me know what some of your favorite projects to make are!  And what you would do with some of these mini skeins because I've been trying really hard to figure out what to do!

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