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Coffee shop fills a knitting niche

Mabel's Cafe and Knittery offers knit-wits a chance to feed their love for knitting and purling in a cozy Southeast coffee shop.

Brightly colored skeins of yarn in different textures and thicknesses can be purchased in the cafe, along with Stumptown coffee and locally made pie. Comfy sofas and tables are carefully arranged for whiling away the afternoon, along with knitting books strategically scattered for inspiration.

Owner Cait Smith's idea for the cafe came from her childhood home in Vermont. Her house was attached to her mother's general store that carried yarn. Smith said, 'It was a natural idea for me to mix knitting with other things. I also think that people need more opportunities to be social.'

Mabel's Cafe, 3041 S.E. Division St., offers a variety of knitting workshops for beginners and seasoned pros alike. In the new mothers' class, new moms (and dads) can socialize and learn to knit while introducing their little ones to the neighbors. Class times are posted at www.mabelscafe.com.

Ñ Suzie Ridgway