Brenda Johannessen, a former culinary teacher in the Clark County School District, has always wanted to open her own knitting and crocheting shop.

On May 1 she finally got the chance.

Unwind Knitting, at 10545 S. Eastern Ave. in Henderson, offers a variety of hard-to-find luxury yarn and accessories, and an array of classes for every level of knitter or crocheter from beginners to seasoned pros.

“It’s therapeutic,” Johannessen said about knitting and crocheting. “And it’s nice to have a talent that I can give to other people.”

Johannessen added that her customers vary in age and experience.

“People have come in who want to learn as well as those who haven’t knitted for years,” she said. “The younger generation is intrigued and for others, memories come about when they knit.”

Mary Colucci, executive director of the North Carolina-based Craft Yarn Council, a nonprofit trade association that promotes education and represents major yarn companies, needles and supplies manufacturers and magazine and book publishers, said knitting and crocheting has increased in popularity.