Bye For Now - Knit Cafe
So sad. Yesterday was the last day of business at the original location for the Knit Cafe. This was one of the first of the new wave of little yarn shops to emerge during the past decade's popularity in knitting and crochet. Suzan Mischer opened the Knit Cafe in 2002 on a sleepy stretch of Melrose Ave., just east of La Cienega. This neighborhood was home to interior designers, small antique shops and a few hairdressers. In recent years, many top American and European designers have moved into the area, raising the rents and popularizing this end of the trendy avenue.
I was hired to teach crochet at the the Knit Cafe after wandering in one day and talking to Suzan endlessly about yarn. The shop was designed and decorated beautifully with Suzan's unique style. Suzan always had the latest yarns in stock as well as an array of needles, hooks and accessories. The Knit Cafe was the cutting edge in yarn chic. Suzan wrote a popular knitting instruction book called "Greetings from Knit Cafe." More than anything, Knit Cafe was a place where knitters met and shared their skills. Many long-lasting friendships transpired at this wonderful little shop.
Suzan hopes to find another location in the West Hollywood area for relocation. Until that time, she will continue her online biz. Check the Knit Cafe Bulletin Board for updates.
On Saturday, Larry and I had breakfast with our friends, Audrey and Jeff. Aud and I coerced the guys to stop by the Knit Cafe on our way to an estate sale. Everything in the shop was 60% off! Of course, we managed to find a few items, say our goodbyes to some of the sales staff and snap a few shots of this beautiful shop. Bye-bye Knit Cafe. We look forward to your new location.
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