What we all have in common is our love of fiber and knitting. We’re also committed to making sure that our customers come away with the same love!

Joan has owned Yarns Unlimited for 22 years. She has the best stash in the world and always is knitting for one of her many grandchildren.

Anne is our artist in residence. She wears everything she knits with great style! Not only is she a prolific knitter, she draws, embroiders, paints and more and does it all fabulously!

Cathy has been knitting, sewing, embroidering and doing needlepoint since a teenager. A Flight Attendant in her past life, she tries (unsuccessfully, at times) to keep us all organized.

Dawne is the newest member of our family. A long time customer, we recently convinced her to come join our yarny doings. Not only is she a sweet lady and terrific knitter, she also has floral talent! Come in and say “hi” to our new recruit!

 Joanna is a terrific finisher and a sometimes obsessive knitter. In her spare time, she is a coxswain for local masters rowing teams. (PS-Ask her about knitting Barbie clothes!)

Kitty is a technical writer by training and trade. She is also an accomplished lace knitter. Ask to see what’s on her IPad that she’s planning to knit next!

Pam is the continental knitter among us. She is also an accomplished flutist. Not only does she teach Beginning Knitting, she has taught flute for years.

Rebecca our overachiever! She knits, designs, spins and dyes yarn. A student at a local divinity school, she is working on a special project that is due to be finished on Valentines’ Day 2013.

Sandy a lifelong knitter and seamstress-Sandy actually admits to having a huge stash! She also spins and weaves and occasionally takes part in Sheep to Shawl competitions. She has recently begun playing the harp.





Recent Posts

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


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