Unwind: Not your average yarn store

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rachelsulprizio90BY RACHEL SULPRIZIO

It’s Friday night at  Unwind, the yarn, knitting and crochet store in Burbank, and it’s hopping. Women trickle in carrying bags of yarn and armloads of treats. They quickly settle around a large, round table in the back and get to work.

“I’m making a lace shrug,” says Krislyn Moore as she casually points to a finished example displayed nearby. “It’s like that…sleeves without a front.”

Ladies. Photos: Karen Young

Unwind is a store and a gathering place every day. Check out their classes and private party ideas. They even have wi-fi! Bring your laptop and your knitting. Don't miss the Super Bowl-Super Big Sale-Super Party of the year on February 7! Photo: Karen Young

Directly across, Suzanne Shaw is working on her garment in between bites of a salad. “My yarn is yummy,” she says with a laugh, “It’s called Julia Childs. There’s this company that makes yarn and they name it after notable women.”

Moore and Shaw are just a few of the regulars that have gathered here to knit and socialize since the store opened its doors five and a half years ago.

“It’s not like I put out a call for Friday nights,” says owner Stephanie Steinhaus. “People would just meet here and fall in love. They would bond over these yarns and the products they were making.”

Knitting bag.

Knitting bag. Photo: Karen Young

Steinhaus, herself, has been knitting since she was a little girl. She credits both her grandmothers with getting her started.

“One was a horrible knitter and a wonderful teacher,” she says, “But the other was a spectacular knitter and a horrible teacher. I wanted to be just like them…so I had the one that could teach…teach and the other one inspire.”

Skeins of yarn.

The yarn at Unwind comes from around the globe. Photo: Karen Young

After working several years for a non-profit, Steinhaus decided to pursue her childhood passion full-time.

“I knew in the back of my head that there was not the perfect yarn shop,” she says. “There weren’t places with the right vibe. We needed a place to go after work that was open late…that had classes, events and a community…a reason to show up there.”

This welcoming attitude is extended to her shoppers, as well.

Kint top.

Create your own style. Photo: Karen Young

“Most people don’t just walk in and know exactly what they need,” she says. “There’s always new yarn and it can be overwhelming…we can show you patterns, get a sense of what you like and don’t like and by the end of your time here, you can have six choices of yarn in several different prices…We don’t just leave you to wander and get stressed out.”

Steinhaus also likes to encourage novice knitters to get started. “The truth is anybody can do it,” she says. “People say you have to be meticulous, you have to be patient, you have to be artistic. Not true. You don’t have to be anything except wanting to knit.”


Novice knitters are encouraged to come and learn at Unwind...you just have to want to knit. Photo: Karen Young

This desire to knit has helped to create a strong bond among the Friday night group.

Shaw, a former high school home-economics teacher, especially looks forward to the gatherings since leaving her job.

Another knit top.

The designs and color combinations are limitless. Photo: Karen Young

“I rarely miss a Friday night,” she says. “None of us do unless we’re really, really sick or something.”

This dedication is also expressed by her gracious platitudes. “I never been around so many women I like and Stephanie did this for us,” she says. “She lets us be at her store. It’s like our own home now. She really did it. Thank you Stephanie.” she says. “Thank you.”

Next Event: Superbowl Sunday Party and Super Sale (the biggest on of the year!!)  February 7th, 2010.


Unwind is on Hollywood Way just north of Magnolia in Burbank. Photo: Karen Young

Rachel Sulprizio is a Studio City resident and is currently in the journalism extension program at UCLA. She previously worked at KFMB Radio in San Diego. She wrote a screenplay called “Pandora’s Gift” and co-wrote, produced and starred in a short film called “Small Little Thing.”

UNWIND 818 N.Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505 www.unwindyarn.com (818)840-0800

Tuesday: Noon to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday – Friday: Noon to 8:00 p.m.vSaturdays: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.Sundays: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.Mondays: Closed

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  • http://www.jackiehouchin.com Jackie Houchin

    This sounds like a wonderful place! Oh, that I had time to go and “unwind” there myself. Making stuff, chatting, munching in comfy chairs with friends…sounds like a bit of heaven. Thanks for the heads-up, Rachel. I may just stop by for a minute or two on my way to my Mom’s to get a whiff of the fun.

  • http://www.drmmferrara.com margaret ferrara

    What a “find” – shows that the simple things we learned with our grandmothers is still essential for peace and creativity.

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