Last ring of the bell…..


Our conversations with the proprietors of the stores we introduced you to in Stitching up Paris are often about their stores, their crafting passions, their families and interesting snippets of history about their neighbourhoods.  At Le Comptoir (featured on page 17 of our book) we never fail to admire the beautiful wooden fittings; in particular the sturdy counter, and  imagine how the shop might have been in its’ previous incarnation as a tailor’s located just a Parisian’s stroll away from some of the city’s beloved covered passages.


Now it is with real sadness that we say farewell to this store, loved for its yarns, fabrics and haberdashery supplies. But times change in delightful ways and the charming owner of Le Comptoir has a bonny new project to focus on.

We don’t know what sort of store might materialize in this lovely inner city neighbourhood, but we’ll keep you posted of course. The store will close on 13 July.


We wish Barbara, the proprietor, and her family all the very best for the future. Keiry has very fond memories of cycling along to Le Comptoir when she first arrived in Paris and taking the plunge to try and speak in French when buying some Fonty yarn (a loved french brand) for a project. Barbara was very helpful and the yarn purchase a success!

When the door closes, we hope that it is not the last ding of the bell for this charming spot that has a long history with fabric and haberdashery and artisan craft.





A taste of knitting to come


On a grey February Sunday in Paris what could be better than a taste of knitting at a trendy Parisian café alongside the Bassin de la Villette where the Canal d’Ourcq flows quietly in to meet the Canal St Martin? Clearly quite a lot of people knew there wasn’t much better because the first Sunday afternoon Gôuter-Tricot at the Pavillon des Canaux organised by Enrico the Flying Knitter was a great success – so successful that we knitters over-populated the café, filling up every last quirky corner of the old house with stitches and yarn in a thousand colours. Continue reading