Would you just look at the cover of the book, please? Isn’t it reason enough to buy and read Christmas at The Little Knitting Box?
I’m a big fan of Christmas reads and that’s why I’m thrilled to kick of my Blogmas a bit early this year with Christmas at The Little Knitting Box. It’s only once that a book has it’s first birthday and it should thus be celebrated in style.
Before I do so, tough. I want to thank Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for sending me a copy of the book and letting me be part in the Christmas at The Little Knitting Box birthday blitz. Thank you!
And now. On to the book.
Let’s talk Plot.
Helen J. Rolfe’s Christmas at The Little Knitting Box tells the story of knitting shop owner Cleo and web designer and single dad Dylan. They meet at a mutual friend’s dinner party and immediately hit it off, talking about life’s complications and enjoying a glass of wine on the porch-swing. But what sounds like the perfect start to a relationship soon proves to be a complex and confusing matter of heart over head. Both Dylan and Cleo come with baggage and as the story evolves, we get to witness them overcome their problems and come to terms with where their lives are at right now.
Let’s talk Review.
Christmas at The Little Knitting Box was my first Christmas read this year and I’m glad that I can say: I don’t regret that. There are many, many, many things that I loved about the book and thus made it perfect for the start of my Christmas readathon. Below is just a selection, really.
1. The Setting
This is, at least for me, a major selling point of Christmas at The Little Knitting Box. And let me tell you, the cover totally does the setting of the story justice. From page one, it is very easy to envision Cleo’s knitting shop with all the colourful yarn, needles and hand-knitted sweaters. And after finishing the book, I can really say that I’ve mentally walked every aisle in the shop. Would such a shop exist here in Zurich, I’d be in it in a second.
But it’s not just the knitting shop that is magical. Helen J. Rolfe also added New York to the mix. Now. I’ve never been to New York, but from what I’ve heard, seen and read it must be magical at Christmas time. The snow and the lights. The people and the hustle of the city. It’s all just perfect.
2. The Story
I wasn’t sure what to expect from the book when I first picked it up. Maybe because I’ve been disappointed more than once by a pretty cover. I’m happy to say tough, that wasn’t the case this time. Once I got into the story, I got lost in the Christmas spirit and especially fell in love with Dylan and his family.
To me he’s pretty much the picture book father: devoted to his family, loving with his kids, strong, funny and compassionate. AND. He knows how to cook and iron a shirt. 🙂
But in all honesty. We live in a time where family come in all shapes and sizes, something that Christmas at The Little Knitting Box highlights more than once. And while some forms might look more “normal” or traditional, all of them have their flaws and cracks. But at the end of the day, what counts are the people we surround ourselves with and the people we love. Whether they be blood-related or not. Christmas is a time to come together and forget about the past and what might keep us apart. It’s a time to celebrate love. And Christmas at The Little Knitting Box certainly is a celebration of family, love and the magic of Christmas.
3. The Knitting
I might be a bit old-fashioned and boring here, but I LOVE me some knitting. I’ve recently discovered the craft for myself again and have been knitting blankets, sweaters and socks ever since. I’m nowhere near as good as Cleo, but I’m sure that I love it just as much as her.
So all the yarns and the knit-talk was heart-warming, inspiring and to the point for me. Which is why I’ve come up with a list of 5 Christmas at The Little Knitting Box inspired knitting projects for you. What better time to pick up knitting than Christmas time, right?
I always use Pinterest for inspiration, so make sure to head over there if you want to find even more cool knitting project ideas.
With all of this said and done, the only thing left for me to do is urge you to go and buy Christmas at The Little Knitting Shop. It’s a great book to kick off Christmas and get you into the spirit of it all. Light a candle or turn on your Christmas lights, make yourself a cup of hot chocolate, maybe even get a few cookies. Put on some Christmas tunes, cuddle into your blanket and get stuck into the book.
I’d love to see you over here again come December 1st for 24 days of Christmas magic. And until then, I want to wish Helen J. Rolfe and her Christmas at The Little Knitting Box a happy birthday and all of you a magical Christmas time.
I have to add a post scriptum here. 🙂
It just so happens that Helen J. Rolfe is publishing the second book in the series Snowflakes and Mistletoe at the Inglenook Inn on December 12th. And from what I’ve heard so far, it sounds magical. Plus. The cover!! The book is ready to pre-order, so why not go and check it out? 🙂