Early Mornings

Jonny had to get an extra early start on Saturday, and I didn’t fall right back to sleep after waking with his alarm.  I lay there for a few minutes, between two little sleeping boys who had joined us at some point in the night, and decided that I might as well get up.  My plan was to listen to some Advent music, and knit.  I thought I would have enough time to finish my second mitt before the boys woke up.  I had only knit a few rounds when Silas came down the stairs, a full hour earlier than usual.  Job followed soon thereafter (probably because Silas opened all the shades when he woke up).  They have warm body radar, even in their sleep.  Next time, I should just stay in bed!  I did finish the mitts later in the day, and I am glad to have them finished, because according to my Ravelry notes, I started them in February.  I do like the color of the yarn, though were I to knit the mitts again, I would probably choose a neutral!  I don’t know about that color of green next to ruddy, cold, winter hands!  But they will look nice with my gray winter coat, I think.  So that’s good.

Sunday was another early morning. Larkspur was singing in the choir at the early mass, and everyone else woke up early to see what St. Nicholas brought.  The kids usually receive new socks and/or slippers along with a bit of candy, but this year I was late finding slippers for those who need them and I managed to buy the wrong size socks for my older boys, so there was only a bit of candy and an orange.  There were fancy dark chocolate covered marshmallows, and for those, I was forgiven for the missing socks and slippers.

I tried something new this weekend: dyeing with indigo.  Seth was supposed to help, but after I failed to follow the instructions for the first part exactly as laid out in the book, he abandoned me.  I think he was surprised when he came home and saw all the blue yarn hanging all over the place.  The dyeing was a little tricky, and I would say that I had mixed results.  The yarn all looks pretty, just not exactly how I hoped it would.  Dyeing with indigo is clearly a skill that takes plenty of practice to perfect.

Okay, time for Monday!  I hope you all had a nice weekend and did some sleeping in!!  I’m already looking ahead to next weekend, when I will be able to stay in bed a little later.  I hope.



  1. Emily Taylor says:

    AH!!! I am knitting with the “honey” yarn, too! My husband looked at the yarn when I told him the color name and he said “Your honey never is green..” LOL. It’s wonderful yarn, though.

  2. love your mitts!! I need to see what pattern that is and queue it.

  3. Ohhh I am in love with those mittens. My poor fingers freeze at work and I am typing all day long.
    Would you be willing to sell me a pr.??
    Just what I am looking for 🙂

  4. Oh Ginny – the pics of Job *swoon* He has Bea’s hair! I had to do a double take on the 2nd and third ones thinking I was seeing little Bea again.

  5. I love your mittens. Was it hard to do?
    I’m a beginner knitter teaching myself. I’m knitting a ribbed scarf right now, kind of boring.

  6. The gloves turned out beautifully and I love the indigo yarn. I can’t wait to see what you knit with it! And I’d say that whatever method you used to dye it worked just fine!

  7. Oh, the yarn is gorgeous though!

  8. Ahhh little ones do sense your leaving the nest!

  9. I think the gloves in that green color are lovely and will do well with your gray coat! My little boy skipped right over his oranges and splurged on the chocolate coins. *sigh* Why do we bother? 😉

  10. I could not fall asleep when my husband’s alarm clock went off this morning! Blessed day to you! the blue yarn looks beautiful!

  11. The mitts are beautiful and since blue is one of my favorite colors- I waver between blue and red, I love the indigo yarn too!! Lovely photos of your adventures as always…..

  12. Bonnie Schulzetenberg says:

    gosh you are good, Ginny!

    love Bonnie (Blessed Advent)

  13. I love the way the indigo turned out. That color is gorgeous! Your mitts are making me want to try. I have yet to make any and I keep promising myself that as soon as I finish holiday gifts I can cast on for some! Its so hard to wait!

  14. Hilarious that Seth jumped ship after you didn’t follow precise instructions!

    Beautiful mittens. Warm body radar – yes! And rather disappointing if I thought I was going to get a nice quiet morning hour.

  15. Do you have any recommendations for advent music? I’d love to get a good compilation that focuses more on the nativity and less on Santa.

    • It’s hard to find! I was listening to the Advent at Ephesus album. There is one for Lent as well. 🙂

    • I like the Windham Hill winter solstice and Celtic CDs. And besides the Ephesus album, I acquired Rejoice Rejoice Believers a Moravian and Christmas album. (We live fairly close to the second largest Moravian congregation in the country.). Sometimes music from your ethnic heritage is different enough that it doesn’t ring all the Christmas bells in your mind. My husband has two CDs of Polish Christmas music that are nice. As Christmas gets closer I will play my Ann Murray, Amy Grant, Frank Sinatra and so forth…. Also, check out your library for unusual offerings too.

    • L’Angelus

      and there is good Gregorian Chant for Christmas on amazon Prime

  16. I love the Pj’s on Job! Did you knit those??

  17. I love that pink sweater that your daughter is wearing. Did you knit it?

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