Small Biz Saturday: Unwind MHK

In the newly renovated downtown of Manhattan, Kansas there lives Unwind MHK, the city’s local yarn shop. The façade of the shop is a fresh face to the community, as it opened just eighteen months ago, but it has already become a staple for Manhattan’s crafters. It gives the knitters and crocheters a place to find higher end yarns than what’s available at bigger box stores, as well as a place to go to connect with others the crafting community.

The space is well lit and artworks of Kansas hang on the wall, a pleasing accent to the colorful yarn nearby. There are cozy pockets around the store for people to sit and work on their projects. Entire walls are covered with cubbies filled to the brim with skeins, and there’s even a sliding ladder to reach those higher shelves! Those always make me think of the bookstore in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and I’ve wanted to slide across the wall on one for as long as I can remember! It’s a welcoming space with yarn in every corner that excites the senses of the tactile and visual people of the yarn world.

LYS Unwind

Many samples displayed around the shop were designed by Kennita Tully of Wildflower Knits and Design.

On the afternoon I visited the yarn shop, I met Kristi, Danielle, and Stitch. Kristi is the owner and she teaches many of the classes. Danielle is an ardent customer of the shop who often models her gorgeous finished objects for the Unwind MHK Facebook page. Stitch is the shop mascot—a one-year-old Cavapoo and absolute sweetheart! I could tell he provides a lot of moral support and love for Unwind MHK’s knitters and crocheters. I couldn’t turn away his precious puppy kisses!

Unwind MHK has an open stitch night every Tuesday from 6–8, as well as classes and monthly workshops. Check out their website for a list of yarns, classes, and the shop’s hours. And if you’re in the area, go pay them a visit and tell them Hannah from Interweave sent you!

Thanks for supporting your local yarn shops!

—Hannah