Beat the Heat Retreat 2019

The Flying Needles is OVER THE MOON to announce its Beat the Heat Retreat July 26-28, 2019.

Smack-dab in the heat of Summer 2019, we are headed to a cooler clime, and where else to do that but in the Blue Ridge Mountains at Wintergreen Resort  & Spa! The average temp is 10 to 20 degrees cooler than here in Williamsburg with cooler nights, so plan to bring a sweater!

Co-Headlining our Beat the Heat Retreat are Knitwear Designer Tanis Gray, of VIRGINIA, & Owner  of Wonderland Yarns/frabjous fibers Stephanie Shiman.

Tanis is designing an originial Cowl & Mitten set inspired by Colonial Williamsburg,
which will be launched & released at the Beat the Heat Retreat. The pattern will be gifted to each attendee.

Stephanie is bringing THE MOTHER OF ALL TRUNK SHOWS of Wonderland Yarns. There will be a Pop-Up Shop on site to house the Wonderland Yarns Trunk Show, which will feature her  Mad Hatter, Blossoms, Cheshire Cat, March Hare and TweedleDeeDum. (We’re in LOVE already!)


Wintergreen is a hotel and resort community. There are a variety of rooms available for the retreat, single rooms in the Lodge, and a variety of condos. Any choice you make, YOU WILL HAVE A ROOM TO YOURSELF with shared living space. Pricing is ALL INCLUSIVE of lodging, meals, instruction and a copy of the Williamsburg Cowl & Mitten patterns by Tanis Gray.

Single Lodge Rooms        $742.93
2-bedroom Condo           $683.48
3-Bedroom Condo           $651.53
4-Bedroom Condo           $641.57


All tickets paid in FULL by Dec. 31 will receive an Early Bird discount of 10%! The Flying Needles will accept a 50% deposit on your ticket with the full amount due by June 14, 2019. All deposits are refundable until Jan. 26, 2019. Tickets not paid by June 14 will forfeit deposits. Registrations are on a first-come, first-serve basis, and there is limited space, so REGISTER EARLY!

July 26, Friday

3 – 5 pm – Check-In/Registration
4 – 5 pm – Early Bird Flying Needles Talk – The History of Knitting – Tanis Gray
5:30 – 7 pm – Dinner
7 – 9:30 pm Meet the Dyer – A Walk Through The Pop-Up Shop & Yarn Tasting – Knitting encouraged!

July 27, Saturday
8 – 9 am – Breakfast
8 am – Pop-Up Shop & Information Desk Open
9 am – 12 pm Group 1 Class
12 – 1:30 pm – Retreat Luncheon
1:30 – 4:30 pm – Group 2 Class
6 – 7:30 pm – Dinner
8 – 10 pm – Open Knitting & Other Fun Stuff

July 28, Sunday
9 am – Pop-Up Shop & Information Desk Open
9 – 10:30 am – Breakfast
11 am – Pop-Up Shop & Information Desk Close/Checkout

So grab a friend, book your trip, and car pool on over for a majestic retreat getaway with Fiber Friends! Call The Flying Needles Yarn to register: (757) 345-3655.


For an electronic version of the Event Brochure, click here!


Can Wintergreen Resort handle a person with food allergies? YES! Wintergreen is a world-class resort with three restaurants on property. Upon registration, please provide a list of allergies so we may pass this along to the Resort.

Can I request to share my condo with someone? YES! Just provide your condo sharing request upon registgration.

What will I be learning? Tanis will launch a cowl & fingerless mitts pattern inspired by Williamsburg. The knitted cowl & mitts will be colorwork. We recommend that you learn to knit in the round prior to attending the retreat. Should you need to learn this skill, The Flying Needles has mitten and hat classes on its January, February and March class schedule. Please mouse over events and click on Classes. All levels of knitters can attend, but skills necessary are: knitting, purling, knitting in the round and consistent tension.