I never get my advent calenders made (or bought, for that matter) before December 1, so last year I thought I'd be smart and I got the Littlest Pet Shop one for 50% off after Christmas, but guess what? I actually finished crocheting an advent calendar last week, and assembled it well before Thanksgiving even! Huh, who knew?
It was November's mystery project from Sarah London, and I had no idea what it was going to be when I started. I figured probably a tree, since it called for green and white yarn, but I didn't know it was going to be an easy, clever little advent calendar when it was all done. I ran into a hitch, though, running out of yarn with just a handful of rounds left to go for the final granny square. What to do, what to do? I really wanted to make this out of stash yarn, and above all, I didn't want to have to wait to finish this project.
So I made the final granny square only 7 rounds large rather than 13, and turned it into a tree trunk. The green grannies then have one more round of white fluffy yarn (mine was a novelty polyester I got from the 99 Cent Store years ago when I wasn't yet a yarn snob) crocheted around the outside, and then are folded diagonally, to form a triangle. The brown granny was folded into a rectangle at the bottom. They form little envelope pockets, perfect for tucking goodies into, one on the left side, one on the right. I think it worked out well, and I'm very happy with the final project. The bows were purchased from the 99 Cent Store too (and I still have some left over), and the calendar is ready for hanging.
Our big tree is up, the ornaments were hung yesterday, and slowly the linens and candles and cardmaking supplies will find their way out of the storage boxes. I can't believe Christmas is right around the corner. Yay, bring it on! I'm ready.