Comfort & Joy Blog Tour

Next week it all begins!  "Comfort & Joy" will have it's moment of fame on the pages of some of my favorite blogs.  Be sure to hop over for your chance to learn more about the book or to win yourself a copy.  Here's where it will be:

Week of 11/7.......................... Drea Renee Knits

Week of 11/14.............................By Annie Claire

Week of 11/21.....................................Knitterella

Week of 11/28............................Flax and Twine

Week of 12/5....................................Tot Toppers

I'll make sure to update the links here as posts go live, so check back often!  Besides these stops, I have a few tricks up my sleeve as well.  As much I've been enjoying this Indian Summer we've been having, the Christmas season is fast approaching.  The next month and half will be an exciting time!

Let the Christmas Knitting Begin!

Yes- it's a highly debated topic... is it acceptable for radio stations to play Christmas music as soon as Halloween is behind us?  We all seem to have different opinions.  There's those of us who just love the soothing sound of our favorite Christmas crooners that even two months doesn't seem like enough.  Then there's the "Christmas purists" who insist that the season must be contained in it's allotted time slot as not to disturb the other holidays that live in the mere shadow of Christmas (ahem... hi, Thanksgiving).  But, as knitters, I think we all must agree that Christmas knitting can start as early as we'd like it to (and continue through the year if need be!).  

So, now that we have finally put spooky ghosts and cackling witches to rest, I'm feeling the urge to move on to cozy fires and oversized knits season.  Who's with me?!

Today I'd like to share an excerpt from my book, to help prepare your heart for the long knitting season ahead :-)

"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."

I love both giving and receiving homemade gifts, and I hope that this collection can help facilitate this process for you this holiday season.

In the coming weeks, "Comfort & Joy" will be on a little trip around the country by way of a blog tour, where you will find book reviews and giveaways.  On top of this, I will be running some contests where you will have the chance to win both books and yarn. Looking forward to sharing this knitting season with you (and now I'm off to sip some nog while listening to "Silent Night")!

Today's the Day- "Comfort & Joy" Available for Order!

It's been a long time coming (err... at least it seems that way for me!), but I'm happy to announce that "Comfort & Joy: 7 Original Stocking Designs to Warm Your Holiday Season" is up in my shop, available to order, and shipping immediately.  

As a special early bird offer, if you order a print copy of the book, I will email you the eBook so you can peruse while you wait!  

If you've already got your hands on a copy- and you're planning some stockings , I'd love to see what you're working on.  Use hashtags #knitcomfort and #frenchpressknits on social media to share!

You can also find the whole eBook up on Ravelry, So hop on over and find your favorite.

In the coming weeks I will be sharing more of the collection and my process of design.  Can;t wait to share more!


Grown by Tot Toppers Giveaway

When shopping for my children, I love seeing clothes for them that are clearly inspired by adult clothing.  Suspenders for Sam, tailored dresses for Elise, little ankle boots for Clara; these have become some of my favorite things to dress my kids in.  Sometimes, the roles are reversed :-)

This past weekend I packed up my woolens and headed out with knitter friends on a pilgrimage to Rhinebeck, NY for the New York Sheep and Wool Festival.  Friend Annie Rowden and I both went the same direction with our Rhinebeck sweaters- grown up versions of our favorite children's sweaters.

Bracken  by Annie Claire,  Merriment  by Melynda Bernardi

Bracken by Annie Claire, Merriment by Melynda Bernardi

And wouldn't you know, we're not even the first ones to embrace this concept.  Designer Kate Oates has built an entire collection around this idea; and better yet, is releasing book of 10 adult garments inspired by her well- loved children's patterns.

You may be familiar with Kate Oates by her handle "Tot Toppers".  Kate is a pillar in the world of children's knits, and I'm so happy to see her sharing her talent and aesthetic more and more with us big people, too!

Grown is currently available as an e-book, or as a special pre-order bundle which includes the Grown e-book and your choice of a single Tot Toppers original children's pattern (deliverable upon purchase), along with the print version of Grown and a custom Retromantic Fripperies wooden treat (shipping in January). 


I should probably just let the knits do the talking, right?!...

Want a chance to win and e-book copy of this gorgeous, new collection?  Just hop on over to Ravelry,  pick your favorite knit from the book and give it a "like" or add it to your queue.  Then, leave a comment below, making sure you include a way for me to contact you if you are the winner.  

Giveaway ends Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST, winner will be announced Monday.  Have fun showing this amazing designer some love!