• BOOK REVIEW: Comfort & Joy

    My dear knitting friend, Melynda has recently published her first knitting book, Comfort & Joy and today I'm honored to be part of her blog/book tour!

    Before I get into how wonderful this book is, I'd like to take a little trip down memory-lane…
    Melynda and I randomly met in 2010 online via Ravelry. She commented on a cute little boy sweater I had just finished (Tweezieand that is all it took! That comment sparked a virtual conversation and we quickly realized that we lived just a couple of hours away from each other! Days after we met online we were already meeting in person and carpooling to Detroit to meet The Yarn Harlot. - The first of many knitting road trips to come! - Melynda and I hit it off from the get-go and we've been friends ever since.

    (I can't believe I was able to dig this pic up. Lol! This is me, The Yarn Harlot, & Melynda, circa 2010)


    Now, 6 years later, I'm posting today about her first, published knitting book, Comfort & Joy! This book is a heart-warming collection of handknit Christmas stockings. The inspiration behind the book came from the beautiful stockings Melynda has created over the years for her own family. After many have oohed and ahhed over her beautiful stockings, and after many have asked for the patterns, Melynda has finally had the chance to turned all those stocking patterns into publication in the most perfect way.


    Comfort & Joy is a great book to add to your knitting library. The patterns are well written, the layout and charts are easy to follow and the photography is beautiful! Knitting the Christmas stockings in this book are sure to be a treasured heirloom for years to come!

    The words below are an excerpt from Melynda's book that I really wanted to post, they beautifully capture the love and intention behind, Comfort & Joy

    "As a young child, my favorite gifts on Christmas morning were the ones that were stashed in my stocking.  Little puzzles and trinkets could elicit as much excitement as the larger gifts that had been adorned with bows and placed prominently under the tree.  These precious stocking treasures could easily be packed up for long car trips to relative’s houses, where we would be welcomed into cozy homes with warm fires for evenings of family, and creating memories.   

    As an adult, I still look forward to a full stocking on Christmas morning, but now, I enjoy unpacking our family stockings from their boxes even more.  As soon as Thanksgiving is over, our holiday decor goes up.  Fresh evergreen hangs from curtain rods, the crisp white lights surround the front porch, and the handknit family stockings adorn the fireplace for an entire, magical month. And once the house settles down each evening,  I find myself indulging in the most silent and peaceful nights as I welcome the new season that is approaching.  

    The stockings are where it all starts for me.  Each year, this comforting tradition reminds me that a time of family and rest and warmth will soon be here.  My hope is that this becomes more than a book on your shelf.  My hope is that the love stitched into each stocking you create starts a new tradition that kicks off a season of togetherness in your own life."

    To see all the patterns from the book, check out Melynda's Ravelry page HERE. Also, you can buy a hard copy of the book HERE or you can get a digital, downloadable copy HERE.

    Lucky for us, Melynda has generously offered to give away an ebook copy of Comfort & Joy to one of you! To enter the giveaway, please comment to this blog post. Maybe you can share a story with us about what makes your Christmas stockings special or you can simply tell us what your favorite stocking pattern is from the book.

    Tuesday, November 29th, I'll randomly draw a winner and post it here.

    Thank you all, happy knitting, and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!


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    • Ge Ge Chamblee-Smith says...

      Midnight clear stocking is beautiful. I’ve always wanted to make a traditional stocking with a name. I’d make some for all three of my fur babies, plus older parents. This is such a lovely compilation and would make a great gift for knitting friends. Congrats on this book.

      On November 24, 2016

    • Allison says...

      I just love how Christmas stockings carry with them such rich tradition and memories! Last Christmas was my daughter’s first Christmas, but we were all a little too busy to chose the perfect stocking (she had her third open heart surgery at the beginning of last December). It felt like so much pressure to choose her forever stocking online from a hospital room, so we just got a plain felt one and vowed to do better this Christmas. I have somehow managed to put it off and procrastinate again this year, but all of these stockings are just lovely. This is exactly what I was imagining on our mantle!

      On November 23, 2016

    • Jessica F says...

      I’m so excited to see this book, I’ve been looking for knit stocking patterns for a pretty long time, the midnight clear and evergreen patterns are calling to me.
      My mom cross-stitched stockings for our family as kids and I’ve yet to make any sort of stocking for my own family, and my oldest is 5! I always think I’ll sew some up but really would prefer knit ones and hopefully I can get this book sooner than later :)!

      On November 23, 2016

    • Judi says...

      Gorgeous designs, Winterberry calling my name!

      On November 23, 2016

    • Vicki says...

      What a beautiful book! My stocking is knit of wool that my parents purchased at Santa’s Workshop in the North Pole ( in NY :) My mother in law has knit all her children and grandchildren Christmas stockings. I will continue the tradition for my first grandchild next Christmas.

      On November 23, 2016

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