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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, 29 July 2013

Baby news

Congratulations to Kate and Wills on the birth of baby George. 
For all new babies, we have two gorgeous baby pattern books that have just arrived at Jolie.

Sarah Hatton's lovely little book 10 Simple Projects for Cosy Babies.

And the new arrival from Debbie Bliss - baby cashmerino book 5

15 beautiful patterns in either baby cashmerino or eco baby for little ones ranging from age 3 months to 5 yrs.

Turkish tranquillity

Linda went to Olu Deniz in Turkey at the end of May. Olu Deniz is loosely translated as The Blue Lagoon and renowned for it's beautiful turquoise calm waters.....

...and Turkish delights.

They found bags of fun at the market and came home with some pretty purchases.

Spoilt for choice with this wonderful selection of hubba bubba pipes.

This is Tom, the tallest Turk in Olu Deniz!

So relaxing!  A perfect place which lives up to it's name.

Monday, 22 July 2013

Chair story

Linda and I did a yard sale swap. I gave her this chair that had been in my son's room for an age and she gave me a pretty vinatge Laura Ashley tea set complete with sugar bowl, and milk jug and two teapots.

The chair needed some tlc and a certain amount of bravery to paint it. It was a pretty quick job in this heat - paint was dry in an instant.

It looks fantastic with handmade Alpine cushion (made by Karen).

And ta daah, a new cushion made by Linda on Sunday, from vintage fabric covered with a large square lace doilie. Beautiful!


We held a yard sale last Saturday outside Jolie.

Liz and Sue found bargains aplenty and with posh Sloane St carrier bags to take them home in. All pitches gave a donation to Marie Curie Cancer Care and with others kindly donating, our collection box is nice and heavy.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Hot Fuzz

Local PCSOs Adam and Neil dropped in for a bit of care in the community last Wednesday. We were having Knit and Cream Tea and photographer Maurice Ballard was documenting the event for a project he is doing on village life in Walkern. The PCSOs thoroughly enjoyed the freshly made scones and were very complimentary re our tea in bone china cups. We are hoping to see more of Maurice's pics, but in the meantime he sent this one as he was quite chuffed with it. We think it is rather good too.

Monday, 8 July 2013

A date with Ray


 Mr Ray Savage was the winner of our raffle prize at the Walkern Fair for a free Knit and Chat session. Due to work commitments he was unable to come during the day, so joined us for Knit and Wine last Tuesday evening. 

He doesn't normally drink wine, but accepted a glass of rose and Linda crocheted him a pint to make him feel a bit more at home. Ray chose some fetching pink wool and Linda taught him to knit.

Ray services farm machinery, so we commissioned some tractor socks, hand knitted by Mary Miller.

It was a great evening and a huge success. Ray felt very honoured to be the only chap at Knit and Wine and he kept us in stitches all evening. He has offered to show Linda and I how to change a tractor tyre in return.

We moved on to the White Lion pub afterwards, so Ray could have a real pint. He did another row to prove to his mates that yes, he can really do this. 


These tankards are perfect for needles (and flowers). They were produced in the 1950's for Bass Worthington by T G Green - the makers of blue and white Cornishware.

They are pastel coloured, so not very blokey and feature Dickens' characters. We have managed to find Mrs Gamp, Miss Nipper and Little Nell. Uriah Heap, Mr Macawber and Mr Pickwick are also out there somewhere. But why????

Monday, 1 July 2013

Mini break

I was very lucky last week to be able to accompany Phil to Italy where he was doing a gig in Forte dei Marmi.

It was at a very nice beach club. There are rows of exclusive private beaches here. It was very smart, but a whole different experience to our seasides and a lot more expensive!

 The sun was out, but the sea was rough.

The stage was facing the sea. This was the sound check at about 5pm.

The following day, Phil and I went to Pisa and stayed on one more night at The Royal Victoria Hotel.

After a little shopping and a couple of ice creams, we had drinks on the terrace and enjoyed the sunshine and peace and quiet.

All in a days work, huh? It's not always this like this he keeps telling me....