2018 Inaugural Knitting Retreat

It’s The Flying Needles FIRST EVER RETREAT! It feels like we’ve been planning this event forever because it’s something that we have wanted to do with YOU for … well… since BEFORE we OPENED! And we are absolutely OVER THE MOON TO ANNOUNCE…


All the way from Minnesota, the amazing Three Irish Girls Kelly & Erin will headline our Inaugural Retreat from 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Colonial Williamsburg’s Woodlands Conference Center, 159 Visitor Center Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23185.

Accompanying the Three Irish Girls are powerhouse designers:
• Josh Ryks-Robinsky of Minnesota, most known on Ravelry for his Mystik Spiral Socks and shawls.
• Sweater Whisperer Marie Greene, of Oregon, most known on Ravelry and here at The Flying Needles for her Stillwater sweater, which we did as our shop’s 2nd Knit-A-Long!

From 5 to 7 pm Friday, March 30, 2018, there also will be a VIP Event where YOU will have the first chance to get one-on-one time with ALL the artists to have first-look at all the Three Irish Girls yarns and other merchandise!

Aaaaaand! It’s going to be SPRING in Williamsburg! Check out the details in our brochure HERE! Click HERE to access the event REGISTRATION PAGE.


VIP PACKAGE$275. GET ALL THE FUN with this ticket package! Attend both the VIP event Friday, March 30, and the Retreat on Saturday! Get up close and personal with the dyers & designers then come to class the next day and soak up all the knowledge they will pass along to you!

RETREAT TICKET $225. It’s The Flying Needles FIRST EVER RETREAT! Join us for a day with Three Irish Girls, Ann Weaver & Marie Greene from 9 am to 5 pm Saturday, March 31, 2018!

Join us for a HALF DAY with YOUR CHOICE OF THE THREE SPEAKERS: Three Irish Girls, Marie Greene OR Josh Ryks-Robinsky.

Registration opens for this ticket beginning at 8 am. Your session will be from 9 am to 12:30 pm Saturday, March 31, 2018, AND INCLUDES LUNCH!
Registration opens for this ticket beginning at 11:30 AM. Your session BEGINS WITH LUNCH AT 12:30 PM Saturday, March 31, 2018, AND THEN THE SPEAKER OF YOUR CHOICE FROM 1:30 TO 5 PM!

VIP Event – $60. Come meet ARTISTS in a more intimate setting and talk to Three Irish Girls’ Kelly & Erin, Ann and Marie. For two hours, you will get to mingle with these amazing artists, ask questions important to you and GET FIRST LOOK AT THREE IRISH GIRLS YARN & TRUNK SHOW and other vendors’ merchandise.



AVOID THE FEES! Call us at the shop at (757) 345-3655!
Registration fees cover all classes on Saturday, an exclusive pattern by Josh Ryks-Robinsky not even released to the general public yet, as well as lunch. There will be other trunk shows and vendors on site at the on-site pop-up shop as well, including a Signature Needles Trunk Show and Virginia’s own Raku fired artist of shawl pins & buttons  – Dimensions Dana Higginbotham. You also will receive a Flying Needles’ Swag Bag and a 10% off coupon off your entire purchase at The Flying Needles on Monday for those of you staying over.


March 30, Friday
5-7 pm VIP Meet & Greet with Speakers of 2018 Flying Needles Retreat to include first look at Three Irish Girls Yarns and Three Irish Girls Yarn giveaway

March 31, Saturday

8 am – Registration & Pop-Up Shop with Three Irish Girls Trunk Show Opens
9 am – First Retreat Session Begins
10:30 – 11 am – Break
11 am – First Class Resumes
12:30 – 1:30 – Retreat Luncheon
1:30 – Second Retreat Session Begins
3 -3:30 pm – Break
3:30 pm Second Session Resumes
5 pm – Second Retreat Session Ends
6 pm – Grand Prize winner drawn; Pop-up Shop Closes


Three Irish Girls Yarn Tasting & How to Use Hand-Dyed Yarns Kelly & Erin are bringing 5 Three Irish Girls yarn bases, all of which you are going to get to knit or crochet while they talk about how to get the most of that luscious yarn you’re buying. Two sessions, specify AM OR PM & limited to 50 people. Specify your time preference at time of registration.



Josh Ryks-Robinsky & The Flying Needles Inaugural Retreat Exclusive Pattern

Get ready to have some short row, color happy fun! Join us in casting on The Flying Needles exclusive pattern and learn a funky fun cast on and some short-row magic! Limited to 25 people – specify at time of registration.


Don’t sabotage your sweaters! Knit a sweater that fits EVERY time – learn new tricks to navigate ease, fit, simple modifications, knitting for your shape and more. Limited to 25 people – specify at time of registration.


And just in case you missed it, here is the video of the RETREAT ANNOUNCEMENT!


Designer Josh Ryks-Robinksy is releasing tidbits of information about the project you will be casting on with his Track! As soon as he gives us information, it will be posted here.

Three Irish Girls has released three-color shawl palettes for PRE-ORDERING! Meet First Avenue, Almost Spring, Hudson Bay & April in Paris! All 4 of these kits can be pre-ordered with enough yardage for Josh’s project! Samples of all four kits are on display at the shop. All pre-orders must be submitted and pre-paid by March 5. Just give us a call and we can put you on our CUSTOM ORDER LIST! (757) 345-3655.

We also have shipments arriving from Three Irish Girls regularly now. If you have something you need or want, please give us a call and let us get it here for you PRONTO!


Sexy Salad Buffet from 12:30 to 1:30

Soup: Choice of Virginia Peanut Soup or Vegetable Minestrone

Salad Greens: Bib Lettuce, Romaine Hearts, Baby Mixed Greens, Arugula, Spinach

Accoutrements Protein: Grilled chicken, poached salmon, Virginia ham, crispy bacon, crumbled herb goat cheese, chopped eggs, shaved parmesean cheese, avocado, toasted walnuts
Accoutrements Other: Cherry tomatoes, roasted mushrooms, radish, Kalamata olives, pickled shallots, cucumbers, green & red peppers, carrots, celery

Dressings: Caesar, Ranch, Green Goddess, Herb Vinaigrette, Balsamic Viniagrette

DESSERT: Warm chocolate, raspberry bread pudding


We like to walk on the wild side a bit, and our 2018 Inaugural Retreat is no different! Some LUCKY WINNER is going to receive a FULL DAY’s entry to The Flying Needles 2018 Inaugural Retreat! A $225 VALUE!!!

On Instagram, from now until midnight March 28:

  1. Follow us on Instagram @TheFlyingNeedlesYarn
  2. Post a video or photo telling us why YOU should win this Golden Ticket (make sure you set your profile settings to public so we can see it) and using the hashtag: #FNYretreat2018 in your post. If you don’t use this hashtag we cannot see your post!
  3. Tag THREE friends in your post.

That’s it. That’s all you have to do! March 29th, we’ll let you know in the morning who won! Should that person not be able to attend, we will continue pulling until we find a winner who can attend our March 31st Retreat at Colonial Williamsburg’s Woodlands Conference Center.

For up to 5 EXTRA entries, repost any or ALL our posts about our RETREAT!



Cancellation policy:
Once purchased, your registration fee cannot be refunded or exchanged. If inclement weather or Acts of God occurs, the Retreat will be rescheduled within a year of the scheduled event. Registrations are not complete until payment is received. The Flying Needles cannot guarantee any class. Registrations are on a first-come, first-serve basis. No Customer Loyalty points or Perka Points may be used as payment for the Retreat.

Dietary concerns:
If you have any dietary concerns, please specify on your registration form or alert a Flying Needles staff member when calling in your registration.

Customer Loyalty points or Perka Points
Your Perka Points or Customer Loyalty points cannot be used for this event, nor do points accrue for the retreat purchase. PURCHASES AT THE SEVEN VENDOR POP-UP SHOP ON SITE also do NOT accrue Perka Points or Customer Loyalty Points.