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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.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Oh joy

Carolyn excelled herself at Knit and Chat this week with the prettiest Christmas cupcakes ever!

It seemed a shame to eat them ....but hey, we did and they were delicious. 

Let it snow!

We have such talented customers here at Jolie and it is so nice to see their creations. We always encourage a bit of  'show off and tell'.

Jo finished her stunning snowflake garland just in time for Christmas..... and each one is different, of course.

Sue brought in the two beautiful tippet scarves she has knitted for Christmas gifts in Louisa Harding's Luzia soft fur yarn. 

Little trees

We did two Christmas tree workshops this December. Every tree made was a success and all sorts of different yarns were used either on their own or by adding a bit of sparkle and mixing two together. They were all so pretty. 

Friday, 22 November 2013

Christmas workshop

Christmas tree workshop
Come and knit a tree and start creating your own winter wonderland forest.
Friday 6th December
10am - 1pm
£25 per person, includes materials, pattern and festive refreshments.
Places are limited so please phone to book (01438 861717)

Knit and wine

Tuesday 26th November
7.30 -10pm
See you there x

Monday, 18 November 2013

Cottage industry

Just finished a little house doorstop from Cute and Easy Knitting by Fiona Goble. One of those in betweeny projects to keep you going whilst your working on something much bigger and more time consuming. I love this book -  I have already made the toadstool on the cover and am planning to do at least three other things from it. Really nice selection of small projects and different ideas for gifts. Hmm, what next? Owl lavender bag, beehive tea cosy or heart hot water bottle?

Sunday, 17 November 2013


What better place to be than a wool shop when the heating breaks down? Sarah came in for a 1-2-1 'learn to knit' workshop and it was a a little chilly, but there were plenty of beautiful warm blankets to choose from. Thankfully the boiler is fixed and we're all cosy again. 

Monday, 21 October 2013

Knit and wine

Knit and Wine
Tuesday 22nd October
7.30 - 10pm
Do join us!

Pic and pattern courtesy of Craft Foxes

Saturday, 19 October 2013

We love Luzia

New in from Louisa Harding this gorgeous fur knitting yarn 'Luzia'. 
Fur is everywhere this season, so Louisa is bang on trend.

This little collar takes one ball (and one afternoon to knit!).

And this tippet scarf is two balls.

You can use it with other yarns. We thought fur cuffs could be pretty special too.

Or make a whole garment. 
It is very easy to knit with, luxuriously soft and doesn't actually have the appearance of knitting. We have the collar knitted up in the shop, so come and have a stroke.

Christmas is coming............

Christmas Shopping Evening 
Monday 4th November
6 - 10pm
Join us for a drink, seasonal nibbles 
and first pick of Jolie's Christmas goodies.

True colours

The last days of summer. I picked a few late blooms from the garden to make a pretty jug full of colour before they're all gone. I found lavender, sweet peas and apricot coloured roses for a vibrant and sweet scented little posy. 

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Sheringham 2013

Or was it 1943? We had a wonderful time in Sheringham, Norfolk at the annual 1940's weekend held every September. 

The whole town joins in with a huge effort and everyone dresses up for the occasion be they young or old. 

The atmosphere is fantastic. There is bunting and 40's music playing in the streets and the shop windows are authentically decorated, not forgetting the tape. 

We loved the window at No 10 Restaurant, 10 Augusta Street, where we had a nice cuppa. http://www.no10sheringham.com/

This was Creative Crafts in Station Rd.

You can take the steam train from Sheringham Station to Holt on North Norfolk's Poppy Line.

These little boys looked great playing on the beach in their flat caps and long shorts.

The Norfolk Five - Dany, Donna, Linda, Gwen and Hellie. 
(This was the following day - hence we are not dressed up!)

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Dot to Dot

 Venice Shone will be the artist in residence this month at the 
Dot to Dot Art Gallery, Letchworth Garden City.

For more information visit http://www.shopletchworth.com/shops-and-services/dot-dot
or go and take a look and see what she is up to. 

Bank holiday blankets

Linda and Julie had fun in the sun over the bank holiday weekend and got stuck into some new projects. Julie started a new picnic blanket using cotton dk, blending her existing stashed colours with some new ones and using Rowan's 'linen' as a background. It's twice the size of the tray already and growing nightly. 

Linda finished this blanket in about a week! It was so addictive, she couldn't stop herself. It is a luxuriously soft and light using Rowan Kidsilk Trio and Lima. Such a magical mix of yarns and with the Kidsilk Trio making the perfect fringing. The colours were inspired by a vintage barkcloth ski chalet cushion made by Karen a couple of years ago. Not wishing the summer away yet, but someone's going to be warm and cosy!

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

For Joseph

We said a sad goodbye to Joe last week, who is moving away and will no longer be able to come to Knit and Chat.

We found the perfect pattern for the perfect present on Ravelry - a design by Wondercrumpet. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/homo-sweet-homo

Donna did the knitting in Rowan Alpaca Chunky and Linda made up the cushion using a 'vintage' preloved M&S stripey skirt.
Good luck Joe, we'll miss you and keep up the crochet xx


 I recently caught up with an old friend - Ollie Taylor.

It was good to see him. Ollie and I knew each other at art school and he is still producing lovely paintings, drawings and making things.

These beautiful sketches of flower studies were work in progress pinned around the room.

These are some of Ollie's hand made cards. 

Every pet should have one!

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Billie's holiday

Dany and family spent an idyllic week on Mersea Island, Essex

Billie was in heaven.

A perfect week. Crabbing, walking, boating, swimming, eating, knitting, drawing, reading, sleeping, playing music and having a lovely time hanging out with friends and family. 
We stayed at http://www.merseacottageaccommodation.co.uk/  it was great.