In November 2011, and after 3 years of yarn and accessory sales online, we proudly opened our first high street yarn shop in the Suffolk village of Lavenham, creating our first yarn and wool gallery.
For those of you who know your knitting history, you will be aware that Lavenham was the one time centre of the British wool trade. OK so this dates back to 1500 and something, but even today you can still see the fine wool merchant houses, the Guildhall, and the wonderful church of St Peter and St Paul.
You will find Cafe Knit on the main high street of Lavenham, towards the Bury St Edmunds end of the village. There is ample free parking both on street and in the near by car park. In addition to our wonderful yarns we also serve fresh tea, coffee, cakes and light snacks and we have on site rest room facilities (just in case!).
In store, we have captured the same simple and stylish layout that this website is famed for. Rather than cramming every surface with a multitude of yarns, we have again focused on our best selling yarns and the broadened the range even further. We invite our customers to browse our selection of products at leisure, relax with coffee, tea and cakes, and why not have a knit and chat with like minded people. And rather than leaving your partner behind, bring them along, they are more than welcome to sit, have a coffee and catch up on the news with a paper or simply read a book.
We have a full range of Debbie Bliss, Manos del Uruguay, Artesano and many more leading designers. We have an extended range of accessories to include knitting bags, sticth markers, greetings cards and now have a full range of buttons, making choosing your finishing touches even easier.
If you ever find that you are stuck, why not pop in and ask for help, after all two heads are better than one, and if the problem can't be solved, we'll happily research a solution for you.
In the coming weeks and months we'll be announcing a program of knitting classes from beginners to advanced, and we'll also be offering childrens classes - although a grown up will need to be on hand as well.
Over the past few months we've had a huge amount of interest from the public and the press, including two interviews the BBC Radio Suffolk. We'd like to say a huge thank you for everyones support and we are so pleased that so many people agree that hand crafts and knitting have such a wonderful future.
Since we started our business, we always believed that friendly and polite service would go far, so if you've not already popped in to see us, why not stop by on your next trip through Suffolk.
Finally, we should let you know that our opening hours do vary from season to season, however we are currently open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday - 10am to 4.30pm, and Saturday 10am to 5 pm. Instore we accept all popular payment types including debit and credit cards, cash and cheques. We have rest room facilities for our customers and currently seat up to 12 to 16 knitters at a time. If you do have a particular need, you can always call us in advance on 01787 249865.