Happy Advent to all of my friends, this is the first of two posts I am planning to make today. If you read the post I made yesterday, you will know that every year my BFF and I exchange our own take on Advent Calendars. She is far more inventive than me and has been known to find enough tiny presents to fit into one of those manufactured Advent Calendars, but I am an epic failure at finding gifts small enough to fit and, therefore, I have always avoided these 'ready made' calenders.
Earlier this year I saw this Advent Calendar from Love Emma and I was so taken with it. The Advent Calendar is made from wood and the little village lights up, in addition it could be personalised with any message you chose. I thought about and I convince myself that I could knit 24 different outfits for the two bears I made last year for my friend and these outfits would fit into the drawers. I got very excited about the challenge and started knitting straight away.
A couple of weeks later a box arrived and I could not wait to get my first look at this Advent Calendar. As I ripped into the box this wonderful smell of wood wafted up to me and, as I looked down, I could see the tops of the little houses and the trees. It was a bit of a struggle getting it out but eventually there is was in front of me. I reached down and pulled out one of the drawers. My heart sank when I realised just how small they were and I felt such a fool when I realised that none of the things I had made were going to fit.
The drawers were approximately one inch cubed, perhaps a tiny bit larger, but not by much. No matter how much I squished and squashed the packages they were not going to fit. But there it was beautifully made and personalised, now what was I going to do with it?
When I first heard about her poorly elf it went through my mind that I could perhaps make him a new hat to replace the one he had lost. I had intended to pop it into her Advent Calendar. Looking at the tiny drawer in my hand I thought that I might be able to get an elf hat into the drawer, so I started knitting and it fit. I had my first tiny present sorted!