Comfort and Joy

Danielle! You won!!! Please let me know your ravelry name and I will get the digital copy of this wonderful book to you 🙂 Congrats!


I’m so excited to share with you a book that has so many connections for me!

Comfort and Joy: 7 Original Stocking Designs to Warm Your Holiday Season by Melynda Bernardi of French Press Knits.

Melynda, of the infamous French Press Felted Slippers, was one of the first people I ever reached out to when I was beginning my hobby-turned-business journey, and it so happens that this past October we were finally able to meet face to face and spend a weekend together at Rhinebeck! To know someone ‘online’ for so long, and for it to be just as easy and inspiring in real life, well those people are keepers. Anyway, to see this book come to life, from Mel sharing images of the stockings she was making for her family, to people calling out for the pattern/s, and then the determination to gather her thoughts and produce a Christmas book in the middle of the summer – it’s a project of pure love and dedication.

This festive book contains 7 different patterns, all based off one well thought out foundation pattern for the perfect stocking. Melynda then does what she does best and offers many more designs featuring the most amazing colourwork. My hands down favourite has to be the Midnight Clear Stocking, as I am also no stranger to the fierce love of some Norwegian inspired colourwork, but the Jovial Stocking and the Merriment Stocking come a close second. You might remember I test knit Melynda’s Merriment Cardigan pattern last winter, and feel perhaps Louella needs a co-ordinating stocking this year (also look out for the adult version of the cardigan, coming soon, yes?!!!!)
What else I appreciate about his book is the conscious choice of yarn. Harrisville’s highly stocking-worthy worsted weight Highland yarn is used throughout the book, and the depth of colours and the array of colour choices of this US spun wool do not disappoint.

I’ve been a bit quiet over the internets the past few weeks as I have just moved into a new house, down the road from the farm, and with it comes the most amazing fire place and mantel piece! One that you know will be adorned with a wee family sized collection of stockings this year! Want the same? I have one digital copy of this amazing book to give away to one lucky knitter.

All you need to do is comment letting me know which pattern you would cast on right away, and I will pick a winner end of day Friday 18th! Good luck!
Hey Danielle! You won!!! Please contact me!

You also don’t want to miss out on a competition Mel just posted!

Can’t wait? You can find a copy of this brilliant book at the following places… Christmas is closer than you think….. 🙂
Print book.
Digital download.


And here is the rest of the blog tour!

Week of 11/7 Drea Renee Knits

28 thoughts on “Comfort and Joy

  1. The Merriment stocking for sure!! For my new baby girl born in October. Then all the rest for each member of my family – there are 6 of us!

  2. I am so inspired by these patterns! I’ve been contemplating making my whole family stockings this year, and I’d just about decided not to when this ebook came out. My, how fast those plans have changed! Our family is larger than most, and I’d really love to make each person’s stocking unique while maintaining a constant color palette. That means I’ll likely make every pattern in the ebook! I think I’d start with Merriment though.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    Tara (chavahsdaughter on Ravelry)

  3. Midnight Clear is my favorite too! My boys need stockings, and I really need to get around I knitting them soon!

    Fieldwonderful on rav

  4. I’m not sure what the name of the pattern is, but it is the one with the Christmas tree on it. This one caught my eye, as it’s a bit different from the rest. Thank you for doing this giveaway.

  5. These are stunning! And exactly what I’ve been looking for! A dear friend asked me knit a new Christmas stocking for the new addition to their family! I love the Jovial Christmas Stocking pattern!
    Thank you for this opportunity and sharing!

  6. I’ve been following along as she worked on this book, anxiously awaiting it’s release! I can’t decide if I’d start with Midnight Clear for my husband, or Merriment for my daughter… Either way, everyone’s getting a new stocking!

  7. I would cast on the Jovial Stocking. This is our first Christmas alone as a family and I just learned last week that my husband never had his own stocking. What?!

  8. I am in the minority here, I would cast on the Jovial stocking for sure! Although they are all great, it is difficult to choose. Lovely!

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