Hi Everyone,

This is just an update to my previous letter announcing that the store would be closing.
We continue with our storewide 40% off sale and yes,there is still some yarn left!!!  It has been so nice to see so many of you and I truly  appreciate your kind wishes for a happy retirement!
Many of you may already know the wonderful news that the shop will be reopening under new ownership.  I am  happy to announce that Robin Kifer will be taking over and
“the yarn shop” will remain a presence in Sewickley.  Robin’s sister Anne will be working with her and we shall continue to enjoy the wonderful window displays that Anne’s creative genius produces.  Many of the same kind and talented people will be here to help you with all of your knitting needs.

Robin will keep you posted on when she will reopen and I know that you all will join me in wishing her much success in this endeavor.  I am looking forward to seeing the changes that she will bring about….and especially to come through the front door as a customer with my knitting in hand but always with a need for “new stuff”.  After all, you can never have enough yarn!


Joan Straka


Hello Everyone:  my name is Robin Kifer, and I have been a customer and fan of Yarns Unlimited for a number of years.  Since my sister, Anne, began to work at the shop for Joan several years ago, however, I found myself stopping in more, enjoying the beautiful selection of great yarns,  and the friendship of the customers and staff.  Like many of you, when I heard the news that Joan was planning to step down after 30 years, I was not surprised, because 30 years is quite a run, but I was sad.  My first thought (after being happy for Joan)  was: “Oh no, where am I going to be able to get all of that beautiful yarn”. Because there is no other shop in the Pittsburgh area that carries such a great selection of yarn with such variety of suppliers, materials, and prices.

So of course the only thing to do was buy the shop, and that’s what we are doing.  Our plan is to spend a few months doing some minor remodeling and re-stocking, and getting our new systems in place.  We are planning to re-open around April 1, 2016.  We will have the same great variety of yarns, accessories, books and other knitting paraphernalia and knowledgeable staff that you rely on. We plan to continue to offer classes at all levels, host some special events, and  keep the friendly, welcoming atmosphere that makes the shop a great place to stop in, visit, and knit a while.

I will provide updates as time goes by.  I look forward to meeting all of you, if not over the next few months, then on or about April 1.

There WILL be cake. Robin


Beginning next week, (week of November 23rd) we will begin new hours. They are as follows: 

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday -open 10 AM-4 PM


As always, thank you for your support and patronage!


To Our Customers-
After 30 wonderful years in business, Yarns Unlimited will be closing effective December 23rd, 2015 at 4 PM. It is time for me to retire, so that I can spend more time with my ever increasing family!
I thank all of you for your loyalty and support.  I will miss the joy and laughter that was so often present in the shop.  Many problems were solved around our table-and many creative ideas began there too!
The women who have worked for me over the last 25 years have been the heart and soul of my business. Their talent, creativity, patience and kindness have always been an inspiration to me.  I offer my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to each and every one.
Thursday, November 5th, we will begin a store wide sale with 40% discount on all merchandise.  We hope to see many of you here so that we can say farewell in person, and wish you all many more years of happy knitting.
Joan Straka

check our ” Events” page for information about the sale


We’re 30!!

Monday, September 28, 2015

This year marks the 30th year that Yarns Unlimited has been in business, so we decided that it’s party time!!  Our store started in 1985 in a small space behind a local travel agency, and has moved twice and grown a whole bunch in the intervening years.

Beginning October 2nd we are going to celebrate with several events that we’re rather excited about.  Check out the schedule on the “Events” page of this web site to see the specifics.

We’re having 2 trunk shows, Brooklyn Tweed and Shibui-

The Brooklyn Tweed show highlights the fact that we will have a limited supply of Shelter and Loft for sale-if you haven’t seen this yummy yarn, you really have to stop in and check it out.  Saturday, October 3rd will be “Brooklyn Tweed Day” here, so come in to see the yarn, patterns, and samples and enter to win a kit for a Brooklyn Tweed project.

Our Shibui trunk show will focus on their fall 2015 collection-and it is gorgeous. It will also coincide with the Shibui Mix party that we will have on Friday, October 9th from 6-8 PM.  We’ll get to play with Shibui yarns, mixing them together for fun results.

There will be snacks AND a raffle to win a Shibui project. Call or email to tell us that you want to come, as space is limited. (412-741-8894 or cathy@yarnsunlimitedpa.com )

Bring a selection of needles with you for swatching!

Finally, on Saturday, October 10th, we’ll have our Anniversary Party. We’re inviting you, our loyal customers- to stop in for cake and a small token of thanks.

Happy 30th to us!!

Hibernating Woolies…

Well, yes, it’s that time of year again. Time to put your woolens away for a long summer’s rest.  We thought we’d give you a peek into one knitter’s slightly obsessive method for knit storage. Maybe you can take away a few ideas for yourself.;-)

First thing is to give your knits a good wash.


This is important, because stains from body oils or food spills attract those little varmints that we are trying to stay away from.  I don’t wash everything before I put it away, but definitely cowls (they spend a good bit of time around your neck, don’t they?), and any other items that you know were rubbing up against skin.  Any sweaters that you wore a lot, or spilled carbonara on and didn’t wash right away, into the sink they go.  I use a nice gentle soap just for knits, like Eucalan, but you may have your favorites.

After a good soak and a gentle but thorough squeeze to get the water out, lay them flat to dry, like so-



Choose a spot that is undisturbed, so your knits can dry at their own pace.  I use this method for starters and if something isn’t dry in a day and 1/2 or so, I move it to one of those foldable rack thingies that you can pick up cheaply at Ikea or Target. That gets the air flowing all around and drying more quickly.  Please don’t try this in a damp basement, or you will be given smelly knits for your efforts.  Humidity is not a friend of yours when you are washing hand knits!

On to the actual storage…


Pack up your totally dry knits, tuck in some lavender, cedar chips, or our super cute Vetivier sheep.  I use heavy plastic zip bags (the kind that new sheets, etc come packed in) and pop in some lavender.  I count myself to be very fortunate to have a cedar closet, but if you don’t, do not fear!  Use the very same plastic bags to seal everything up really well.  It’s really important in this case that what you put away is CLEAN!  and don’t forget the lavender, cedar or Vetivier.

You’ll be so happy when fall comes…




February Sale this Saturday, February 14th

Who needs flowers and chocolates from your sweetie, when there’s a yarn sale on Valentine’s Day??. The sale will be during our regular hours, 10 AM-4 PM.  We’ll have yarns from Rowan, Louisa Harding, Noro and others-some at 30% off and some at 20% off.  We’ll also have a “Basket of Bits” -small amounts of special things!!

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.
** sale prices not valid on layaways or special orders**

Our Sale Mantra…No Winding, No Whining..yes, that’s right, we don’t wind yarn on sale days!!


Here’s the list!

30% off   


All Seasons Chunky


Kidsilk Haze Glamour

Kidsilk Haze Eclipse

Alpaca Cotton

British Sheep Breeds

Summer Tweed

Louisa Harding



Grace Hand Beaded






Lang Denim Cotton

Manos Classica Solid / Multi

Fiber Company Canopy

KFI Luxury Mohair


All Ella Rae:

Lace Merino

Lace Merino DK

Lace Merino Worsted

Lace Merino Chunky


20% off

Lang Mia


Pure Wool DK

Rowan Tweed Aran

Alpaca Chunky

Manos Serena


  Basket of Bits…small amounts that are left of special things…..priced individually

Gift Guide!!!

Here’s a few suggestions of some great gifts to give or get!!


First up are some sheep-y things:

Linen project bags from Lantern Moon with either a white or black sheep embroidered on.

A darling eyeglass case, again with an embroidered sheep. ( this one is sporting red glasses!)

Sheep made from vetiver. Vetiver is grown on the mountainsides in Haiti to provent soil erosion caused by deforestation. The root is a natural moth repellent.



Next we have a variety of silk cases..some for interchangeable sets, some for circulars, some for double points. In the back is a great project bag from Yarn Pop-the clutch-enough room for a project and essentials like a phone and wallet.


We have lots of needle sets – interchangeable circulars and double points.



A glorious gift for a knitter or non knitter, a beautiful afghan kit from Mountain Colors. ( of course there would be a promise to KNIT the afghan for the non knitter!)

Perhaps less of a commitment would be to knit one of these cute beaded bracelets…



…Laura Nelkin’s Stereo Cuff kit!  To make for a non knitter, or give the kit as a fun project for a knitter.

Stop in to see us soon for more gift ideas!