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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, 27 February 2012

Amazing lace

Rowan and Debbie Bliss have introduced new lace weight yarns in a wide range of beautiful colours. Perfect for spring and summer, this delicate little cardi was knitted by Mary in Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace (100% merino wool) from a pattern in the Rowan Lace book.
Both lovely yarns which knit to the same tension, the Rowan yarn being very soft 20% baby alpaca and 80% merino wool.

Spring is on it's way

Bring on the spring cheer. Faux wild flower wreath. A snip at £18.95.

The hyacinths are beginning to bloom on the windowsill.
Linda's tip - help keep them straight with old plastic knitting needles. Works a treat and looks pretty.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Crochet season

Linda has completed the spirograph crochet jumper too, using Artesano variegated silk wool dk. Ooh, but what a tricky pattern - published in Rowan Autumn Winter mag 2011, only part of the pattern is explained, then you have to work it out for yourself. Apparently it took up too much space to write it out - and we thought it was a pattern book. Linda has written the missing parts of the pattern - you will have to be very nice to her if you want it, or wait for Rowan to put it on their website as an erratum, which they have promised to do.
And from Dolce and Gabbana - a crochet handbag. Retailing at.....wait for it $2,900!!!!! Get those hooks out girls. The Granny Square is in.

Mini crochet

Bib for baby Genevieve Elizabeth, born 6th Feb 2012.
Pattern from Cute and Easy Crochet by Nicki Trench.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Knit and wine

First Knit and Wine of the year.
Hope you can join us. Tuesday 21st February, 7.30 - 10pm @ Jolie.

Lots of love

Better late than never.....

Sunday, 12 February 2012

What a star

Mouse was called upon to give an impromptu interview over the phone on the Gaz Wesley show for BBC 3 Counties Radio on Saturday morning. They wanted to talk someone about young knitters and were delighted to find a 17 yr old who works in a knitting shop and LOVES knitting. Mouse did great, kept her composure and spoke really well. She just needed a couple of liqueur chocolates afterwards to calm the nerves.

And this is actually what she was knitting on Saturday morning. A toadstool which has become a key ring. From Lesley Stanfield's book 75 Birds, Butterflies and Beautiful Beasties to Knit and Crochet.


We've had white out in Walkern and down to -10 overnight.
Teddy's been wearing his fairisle.
The chucks are seriously unimpressed. They are still laying but the eggs we've collected have been frozen and split like burst pipes when they were brought into the house.
Billie loves it .....but I think she loves the fire even more.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Famous Names

Ooh what a tasty selection. There's nothing like a liqueur coffee - even if it is 11am on a Thursday morning. Xmas choccies in February warm the heart and more besides.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Flower power

Ooh, let's brighten up these winter days and bring some colour back into our lives. Even if they are faux.....beautiful blue delphiniums.
A bouquet of pink and purple wild flowers.
And some real daffodils, which look great with new season colours
in handknit dk cotton from Rowan.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Keeping cosy

Linda's latest creation. A bit random, but a great stash user upper! We all love this easy peasy 2 row scarflette pattern which gives a really impressive result.
Pattern exclusive to Jolie, available in store.


Wow, what budding chefs our children are becoming. Cookery at school has got very sophisticated - not only do they have to choose their own 3 course menu, but it has to be tasty and well presented. Libby made Milk Chocolate and Almond Mousse with Homemade Chocolate Macaroons - twas scrummy, Mummy!

Jolie's got talent

'Bring on the snow', says Susan, in her latest creation. A stripey moss stitch coat from Kim Hargreaves latest book Scarlett (£17.99) and knitted in Rowan's Cocoon.
We loved this one at Knit and Chat. Caroline has worked on this unique crocheted jumper in charcoal grey Alpaca Cotton (another Rowan yarn). The pattern is from the Autumn/Winter Rowan magazine, but we think it works really well in a single colour. Now, who remembers the spyrograph?!!