Monday, November 3, 2014

Harry Potter Yarn Advent Calendar?!

I've been thinking a lot about offering mini skeins lately. Or maybe even smaller amounts, such as a few metres to embellish projects and gifts, for example. I often see small embellishment packs on Etsy, with four or five different yarns, a few metres each - but never handspun.
I wondered whether this would be a good thing to offer for Christmas, and I decided to try it out - but this took a whole new direction when I posted a photo of the Christmas mini batts I made for this project on Facebook: two very dear customers jumped in immediately with their own ideas, one dreaming about a mini skein Advent calendar, the other suggesting making said calendar with a Hobbit, Lord of the Rings or Doctor Who theme in mind. This really got me thinking. And planning! (Thank you so much, you two! You know who you are ;-))

If you follow my blog and shop you will have noticed that I've always been a huge fan of the Harry Potter books (though I have to admit I am more and more irritated by the gender roles lately, but I still like the books), and I think they would make a fantastic story Advent calendar. I had pieces and ideas forming in my head immediately - such as the snake in the zoo, Hagrid with his pink umbrella, "you're a wizard, Harry", potions class, "Mars is bright tonight" and lots more. I ended up having over 30 yarn ideas, only from the first book, and I could have easily written down even more, but I had to narrow them down to just 24, obviously. It will still be a huge project with 24 yarns, even though there will be only small amounts of yarn, and there is not much time left if I want to make this happen, advertise it, and ship it out in time. But I am on fire here!

My current plan is to take 24 small paper bags or something like that, write the numbers from 1 to 24 on the front, and put between 10 and 15 m of "scene art yarn" in each of them, writing the title of each yarn in the place where I fold the bag to close it. It's planned as a surprise, so there will be no photos of the yarns themselves in the listing, but I will document the yarns in case someone wants a peek to see if this is the right thing for them. I just don't want to post spoilers, so photos will be shown by request only.

So, what can you do with only 10-15 m of yarn each day? Embellishing gifts and project is one idea, but maybe it would be sad to take the yarns out of context, and don't forget that the whole amount will be at least 240 m! So what about a striped story scarf? You can knit or crochet or weave a bit every day and see it grow as Christmas approaches. You could also add some plain yarn (something neutral, like black or white maybe) and make a larger project, alternating plain yarn and art yarn, making something larger, like a shawl, maybe. A set of striped hat and wrist warmers would also be great, or a bag, or a pillow case - there are so many possibilities!
The yarns will differ from each other in texture and thickness, so they would make a very interesting project. I'm sure they could also be used for needle felting and maybe even emroidery projects, and I bet you will think of lots more to do with them!

Now excuse me, I'm off to start spinning Harry Potter scenes! ;-)

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