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.
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Mary has made two of these gorgeous baseball jackets for her great grandsons Julian and Rupert. The pattern is from Debbie Bliss's Baby Cashmerino Book 4 and knitted in Baby Cashmerino. We think they will look a couple of swells.
Linda and I had a fabulous weekend in Paris, staying with Hellie for the last time, before she comes home to Yorkshire next week.
We arrived on Friday night by Eurostar and headed for Le Marais district just in time to sample the latest Beaujolais Nouveau.
That was after we both bought a chic hat each in Place des Vosges.
We spotted Pere Noel driving a Citroen van.
On Saturday Hellie took us to the little town of Montfort d'Amaury, about 20km south west of Paris.
It is a delightful little place, where the gendarme still uses a bicycle.
We had lunch in the square. Linda will never forget that Andouillette sausage......
Pere Noel has his own personal mailbox here.
We came specifically to visit 34 Oct. Two stunning shops.
The first is a little boutique full of goodies. We found brilliant retro cake decorations and quirky jewellery.
Their second shop - round the corner is an atelier/mercerie where they sell wool and haberdashery and run workshops. We were in heaven. www.34oct.com
On Sunday morning we visited the local market at Suresnes, near Hellie's apartment.
Oh my goodness, we had huge fun; we bought lunch to take home, flowers, bargain boots with pompoms, patent brogues, a rose covered, quilted vinyl washing machine cover for Donna (need a pic of this!). We all found something on the 1 euro stall, including a pale blue wool riding jacket with black velvet collar with my name in it..... and it fits!
I love Hellie's apartment.
She has so many lovely things and displays everything with her own inimitable style. This is a child's toy dresser in the kitchen, for herbs and spices.
We had wonderful continental breakfasts......lunches and suppers.
Sunday afternoon we sat and knitted Christmas trees - yes, yes, yes. It was so addictive, we made three each in various different yarns. Funny how sparkly brillo pad style yarn that you would never dream of making a garment in, works brilliantly for a Christmas tree.
The knitting chair.
We spent Monday in Paris, Christmas shopping and taking plenty of much needed breaks.
Chocolat chaud at Cafe de Flores was a must.
Found some lovely postcards at 'Omar's' kiosk.
Thanks so much to dear Hellie and Rob for being such brilliant hosts. Hotel Maxwell will be relocating to Yorkshire as of next week. Hope the move goes well.
.....crochet snowflakes. These are so pretty, especially in Louisa Harding's sparkly Alpaca yarn, Orielle. From 100 Snowflakes to Crochet by Caitlin Sainio - all different, like real snowflakes. Great for tree decorations, cards, gift tags, coasters and bunting.
If you don't already see Alicia Paulson's blog - take a look. Alicia is very talented and inspiring; her embroidery is simply beautiful but she also knits, crochets, gardens and bakes. Those of us at Jolie who do follow her are overjoyed at her recent news. Finally after a lot of heartbreak and disappointment Alicia has adopted a baby girl. Even though they are miles a way in Oregan we have been touched by her story and are so happy for her. Check out her blog, Posie gets Cozy http://rosylittlethings.typepad.com
New from Tessa Kiros. Limoncello and Linenwater is a book to drool over. Tessa is half Finnish, half Greek Cypriot and married to an Italian. She lives in Italy and this beautiful book is inspired by her mother in law, Wilma. Full of recipes, household tips, anecdotes, old photographs and words of wisdom passed down from mothers to daughters. Beautifully designed and photographed, a real treat.
Crochet is so quick. It's nice to punctuate knitting projects with something speedy, uncomplicated and rewarding. The bath mat was made using Rowan All Seasons cotton on a 5 mm hook - pattern from Granny Square Love.
This little coverlet has to take the biscuit for speed. Crocheted in DMC embroidery thread on a 1.75 mm hook for a doll's house bed. It measures 10cm square! Pattern inspired from Knitted Dolls by Arne and Carlos.
The pile of Hats 4 Heroes is so high it's toppling over.
Huge thanks to everyone who has contributed so far, especially Jolie's own Knit and Chat groups and WOW (Women of Wymondley), who also donated chocolate! Many thanks to Designer Yarns for donating some beautiful yarn. There is still some left, so please come in and choose some if you havn't already done so.
Keep going everyone, as we still have another couple of weeks before we send the parcel off.
PS Thank you Hellie for the gorgeous postcard (above).