“Lo how a rose e’er  blooming” is one of the most gorgeous Advent hymns, and it mentions Mary even if it doesn’t focus on her completely.

Some people believe that Sting wrote this song, but that is not the case. It is a 15th century German carol with harmonies composed by the awesome Michael Praetorius.

Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming from tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse’s lineage coming, as men of old have sung.
It came, a floweret bright, amid the cold of winter,
When half spent was the night.

Isaiah ’twas foretold it, the Rose I have in mind;
With Mary we behold it, the virgin mother kind.
To show God’s love aright, she bore to men a Savior,
When half spent was the night.

The shepherds heard the story proclaimed by angels bright,
How Christ, the Lord of glory was born on earth this night.
To Bethlehem they sped and in the manger found Him,
As angel heralds said.

This Flower, whose fragrance tender with sweetness fills the air,
Dispels with glorious splendor the darkness everywhere;
True Man, yet very God, from sin and death He saves us,
And lightens every load.

O Savior, Child of Mary, who felt our human woe,
O Savior, King of glory, who dost our weakness know;
Bring us at length we pray, to the bright courts of Heaven,
And to the endless day!

Sing it if you get a chance, and if not at least be sure to listen to it a lot.

 

I’ve been making the Broad Street Mittens.

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Unsuccessfully. The math simply doesn’t work. Here is where it became clear that I’d have three fingers and one enormous thumb if I kept going. So I frogged back and recalculated.

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I’ve almost completed the half-fingered glove part of the first one, and am planning to do the second before adding the mitten cover sections. I’m also anticipating getting the pair completed in time for Christmas, if I settle in and knit a lot.

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Mittens and gloves, like socks, have classic mathematical methods, so it’s no great matter if you find that the pattern you’ve chosen doesn’t work out perfectly. You can just use math. So the lack of success was just a bit of delay.

There was a bit of delay today as well, since I did some Christmas shopping at the Evil Palace of Books, put up the Christmas tree, and wrapped presents. My husband cleaned out a closet, twined a strand of lights around the woodwork on the porch, and took a bunch of clothes to Goodwill.

Good things to do.