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Jolie is a knitting and homeware shop run by Linda Williams and Daniella Taylor. If you are interested in anything you see on this blog or would like to learn to knit or crochet please call us at the shop on 01438 861 717. We are open between 10am and 4pm Mon - Sat. To view our website, click on http link below.

Monday, 25 April 2011

Happy Easter

The Williams and the Taylor families exchanged Easter baskets on Easter Day over coffee. A certain theme going on here we thinks.........we both had little square baskets filled with goodies - predominantly chocolate bunnies.
Wow! This is the shop window of Down Memory Lane in Spring Road, Letchworth GC - just round the corner from Dany's sister Venice's house. An Aladdin's cave of all sorts throughout the year, but big time on Easter.

Ollie picked some wild flowers for our Easter breakfast table.

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Knit and wine

Join us on Tuesday evening 26th April. 7.30 - 10pm.
Unfortunately Doris can't make it this time.

Liberty Belle

Libby has tidied her bedroom over the Easter holidays. Tres Jolie we think.

Fair Rosalind

Rosalind opened her presents at Knit and Chat on Thursday..... a pretty jug and glasses for outside drinks on Easter day perhaps? - Rosalind's actual birthday. Have a great day. xx

Thursday, 21 April 2011


At last, Kim Hargreaves latest book Whisper has arrived just in time for Easter.
There are 21 beautiful feminine designs in summer yarns including 4ply Siena, Handknit cotton dk and Kidsilk Haze. We love this lovely reversible tunic with full sleeves (above).
The colour palette is classic and muted. Very pretty indeed. Another winner from Kim - worth the wait!

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Doctor or vet?

Carolyn's animal production line has increased. We had a newborn Mustang at Knit and Chat today. By next week his saddle should be finished and his own crochet blanket.

Friday, 8 April 2011

Kusmi quick

Kusmi Sweet Love tea sent from Hellie in Paris is very delicious. We've been making Chai tea lattes with it at Knit and Chat and they're pretty good.
I made yet another tea cosy over the weekend from Debbie Stoller's book Stitch and Bitch Nation. The original pattern is for 'Coffee Tea or Me?', which I didn't quite understand on a teapot...
Lovely Sandra (ex air hostess) put me right. Coffee, Tea or Me? was a saucy novel published in 1969 and is the unihibited memoirs of two lusty young airline stewardessess.... so there you go. (He'll probably choose the cake anyway!)

Thursday, 7 April 2011

'Modern' vintage

Linda and I have fallen in love with this 1950's kitchen cabinet. It was made by Stoneham of Deptford and was the height of sophistication at the time. I have done some research and discovered it is a 'Cambridge' kitchen cabinet. Stoneham still make kitchens and are now based in Sidcup, Kent and have a royal warrant as furniture makers to the Queen.
This one is in immaculate condition and has obviously been cherished over the years. It still has a little egg box, a 'fridge' compartment and a thermometer on the front, cutlery drawer, a pulldown worktop and this fabulous original orange Fablon inside. We've been playing 'house' all afternoon since it came into the shop.
It could be straight from the pages of Modern Vintage Style, a new book out by Emily Chalmers.

Softly, softly

Back to knitting again. Mary made these beautiful little bootees for her great grandson who is on the way. Knitted in Rowan's alpaca cotton and felted at 60 degrees in the washing machine, we think they are truly gorgeous. I think he will be having more than one pair.


Ok, so what the hell does this have to do with knitting? It doesn't really, except that James (with white guitar) is Dany's son and still waiting for his jumper...... Maddox, his band, played a live session on 'BBC Introducing' on the radio last week. Check out this little clay animation video of one of their tunes; 'First time, One time, Last time' made by friend Alex http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFft7qn5l6Q