4:30 a.m.

It’s rare that I can’t sleep. I have my challenges, but getting a good night’s sleep has never been one of them. Perhaps that’s the reason I didn’t know about all the things that go on at 4:30 in the morning. One thing is that owls have conversations outside my bedroom window. Really, back and forth, varying intonation, the whole nine yards.

Another is that 4 to 5ish is apparently when all the northern knitters post on Instagram. During my sleepless night this weekend, I thought I’d peruse some inspiring knitting photos, and every time I clicked on one to find out more, there were lots of words I didn’t recognize with letters with little round circles on top. Finland, Norway, Sweden. That’s who’s on Instagram in the middle of the night.

And guess what. They have Moomins. Do you know about the Moomins? According to the official Moomin Facebook page:

The Moomins are the central characters in a series of books and a comic strip by Swedish-Finn illustrator and writer Tove Jansson, originally published in Swedish by Schildts in Finland. They are a family of trolls who are white and roundish, with large snouts that make them resemble hippopotamuses. The carefree and adventurous family live in their house in Moominvalley, in the forests of Finland, though in the past their temporary residences have included a lighthouse and a theatre.

The picture at the top of this post was the gateway image. The Moomin tucked into its cozy little bed, next to the KNITTING, was too much. I was hooked. I followed the #kinttersofinstagram #moomin #mumin trail right down the rabbit hole. I found the image above in majasmanufaktur’s Instagram feed.

Here’s one with knitting and a Moomin book:


A photo posted by @kdrouge on


Here’s an actual knitting Moomin!


A photo posted by Anja (@madamefux) on


And how about this?



A photo posted by Tone-Lise (@toneliseknits) onNov 5, 2015 at 10:34am PST


And this one with the little Moomin stitch markers:


A photo posted by Ekens Garn (@ekensgarn) on


And one last one:



A photo posted by @nilsencarol onJun 9, 2015 at 3:44am PDT


I lied. One more:


A photo posted by @teeverliebt on


I’m thinking 4:30 a.m. isn’t so bad after all.


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