NEWS

Yarn Tasting & Trunk Show featuring JunkYarn

WILLIAMSBURG, VA, Nov. 5, 2018 – The Flying Needles is ECSTATIC to announce …. *drum roll* JUNKYARN is LANDING Friday, Nov. 30 & Dec. 1 for a set of Yarn Tastings & a TRUNK SHOW!

Kemper Wray, dyer extraordinaire behind the scenes, is bringing AAAAAAALL her yarns for a Trunk Show & TWO Yarn Tastings!

This Raleigh, N.C., indie dyer produces small batch colorways inspired by women. She hopes to empower fellow creatives by producing high-quality, colorful products for makers, and along the way, she wants to remind people that women make the world better every day by their words, actions and deeds.

And she’s LANDING Friday, Nov. 30, for TWO Yarn Tastings – 10 am to 12 pm and 5 to 7 pm. Tickets are $10 each, which nabs you a seat, an opportunity to meet and talk to the dyer and 5 YARN TRUFFLES (that just sounds soooo SEXY!) samplings of each of her yarns, in Fingering weight, DK and Bulky. BYON (Bring Your Own Needles) in an assortment of sizes, and take these lovelies for a test drive! Reservations are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. The Trunk Show will continue through Saturday, Dec. 1. Call us at (757) 345-3655 to nab your $10 ticket for the Yarn Tastings NOW! We are happy to take your payment over the phone.

 

Sparkle Friday returns Nov. 23

WILLIAMSBURG, VA, Oct. 30, 2018 – Sparkle Friday is BAAAAACK!

On Friday, Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving, we will be collecting canned food items for the FEED OUR FUTURE PROGRAM at Surry County Elementary. This food distribution program feeds 400 families through its backpack program. Also, the school’s support continues over the holiday break – volunteers and staff bag up food to send home to families.  CLICK HERE for more information about the Surry Feed Our Future Program.

So, THE FLYING NEEDLES NEEDS YOUR HELP! We have a GIANT box that came filled with yarn. We’d like to fill this box with food between now and the first week of December. See the list below of items that are most needed.

For those who bring in food on Friday, Nov. 23, our thanks to you is that for every two items you bring in, we will give you $.50 off your purchase up to $25 OFF your purchase of $25 or more! We have so much here in the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave to be thankful for. We at The Flying Needles hope you will take a moment to express your own gratefulness on our Sparkle Friday and help children not go hungry.

The Sparkle Friday offer is good only on Friday, Nov. 23.

Meanwhile, post your pictures on Instagram of your shopping trip & use the following tags:

#sparkleon #flyingneedlesva

#sparkleisthenewblack #flyingneedlessparkle

Here is the list of suggested & needed items:
Canned goods
Graham and/or animal crackers
Light Popcorn
Whole Grain Cereal/Granola Bars
Individual Cereal Boxes
Oatmeal
Spaghetti & Meatballs
Ravioli
Beefaroni
Lasagna
Macaroni & Cheese
Canned Tuna or Chicken
Canned Fruit/Fruit Cups in light syrup
Fat-Free Sugar Free Pudding Cups
100% Juice Boxes
Raisins
Applesauce

It’s our TWO – Year Birthday!

WILLIAMSBURG, VA, Sept. 24, 2018 – Helloooooooooo TWO-Year Anniversary! We’re so excited to have been open & supported by YOU, our dear customers, for TWO WHOLE YEARS, that we’re claiming the WHOLE MONTH in celebration!

We have not one, but TWO, brand new dyers coming in for October Trunk Shows. In addition to the Super Stitchy Trunk Show, which will remain in the Shop until Oct. 9, headlining the
month-long Anniversary Celebration is Stitch Together Studio from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This “Rad yarn for Rebels” is hand-dyed yarn in riotous colors! Her Trunk Show is arriving the 1st week of October. At 6 pm Wednesday, Oct. 10, we will be video conferencing Kayanna Nelson, owner of Stitch Together Studio, during Open Stitch Night. We talk to her about her story, where she gets her color inspiration, and any other questions you may have.

Our second dyer is someone we’ve been eyeing for quite a while — Copper Corgi from Savannah, Ga. Her Trunk Show will land the week of Oct. 15! Owner of Copper Corgi, Sarah DeRoo, is sending us her exclusively milled and worsted base of 20% black alpaca from South America, Swiss silk and a soft superwash merino from South Africa. This base, which you CANNOT find anywhere else, is absolutely DIVINE! The black alpaca gives a very deep undertone to the yarn, which results in intense and hearty color ways. The undyed skeins are a dark heathery gray and are gorgeous on their own.

Our actual Anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 13, is a biiig day packed with events beginning at 10 am! Maureen Anderson of Tasha’s Own will be joining us with her angora goat and will provide spinning and carding demonstrations as well as discussions about natural wool dying. She also will have all her products on hand, including her Exclusive soap scent for The Flying Needles – Lavender & Pear. We’ve tried it out ourselves and so have others, and it may be our new favorite – AND THAT’S SAYING SOMETHING!

Also joining us all day Saturday, Oct. 13, is Angela Andrews of AngelaKnits2 with a new iteration and line of crafting bags! For The Flying Needles Anniversary, she will be launching her Llama Collection! We’ve seen sneak peeks of this line and WOW! Just WOW! She also will be launching a Bento Bag, a sweater-sized bag and smack-you-down cute Needle Books!

And what’s an Anniversary without an EXCLUSIVE PATTERN LAUNCH?!?!? River of Yarn, pattern designer of the River Dance Shawl, will unveil the second installment of her River collection on Saturday, Oct. 13 – the River of Dreams! We CANNOT WAIT for you to see this knitwear product! And if that weren’t enough, Stitch Together Studio has exclusive River of Dream kits available for purchase! This fingering weight 5-color project is simply stunning – the pattern design and the color palettes Stitch Together Studio has put together. River of Yarn Designer, Lauren, will be on hand beginning at 10 am to sign her patterns and help you pick your colors if a kit is not what you want!

At 1 pm Saturday, Oct. 13, we will have our Annual KnitWalk! For those people who have participated in all The Flying Needles Knit-A-Longs, YOU ARE INVITED to submit your name, the garment you knit (or crocheted) in yarn purchased at The Flying Needles, to walk down the red carpet with your Knit Wear items! This year, we will be looking at the Find & Free Your Fades as well as the River Dance, Oscillate & Danzig Shawls. WOW! What a year we’ve had!

Please come on by, fill out our form about your garment, including what yarns & color ways you used, and provide us your name, phone number & email address, so we can get you included! Or CLICK HERE and submit your form via email to: theflyingneedlesyarn@gmail.com.

Also invited to our KnitWalk are The Flying Needles class attendees who completed the items they set out to knit between Oct. 15, 2017 and Oct. 13, 2018. Beginning knitters are especially welcome!

Either way, fill out this form and let us know if you can be there for our KnitWalk! At the conclusion of our KnitWalk, we will serve Anniversary CAKE!

 

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, we launch our SWEATA WEATHA Knit-A-Long! Pick one of four sweaters to start now and finish by January! The four sweaters to choose from are:

  1. The beginner sweater, the Flax, by Tin Can Knits – in a newborn to 4XL chest size, this beginner pullover is part of Tin Can Knits Simple Collection.
  2. Stephanie Lotven’s Sock Arm or Little Sock Arm sweater – also from newborn to 4XL chest size, knit in the round and picking up stitches for the sleeves.
  3. Veera Valimaki’s Breathing Space, which she just edited to include sizes XS up to a 4XL! This short-rowing sweater is a little more difficult and gets a mid-range difficulty level from Ravelry. We would definitely count this as an Intermediate level sweater pattern.
  4. And the Stillwater cardigan by Marie Greene, who was an instructor at our April Retreat. We did this sweater as a Knit-A-Long last fall, but we wanted to give our new customers this cardi choice.

With all of these gorgeous yarns in, now is the time to drop by, pick up the ones you love and come join this Knit-A-Long!  This Knit-A-Long will kick-off at Open Stitching, from 5 to 7 pm, Wednesday, Oct. 17, and you will have until 5 pm Wednesday, Jan. 9, to finish! THERE WILL BE PRIZES!! So drop by Wednesday, Oct. 17, and get your sweater cast on!

On Saturday, Oct. 20, Dimensions Raku Fired Clay will be joining us for a Trunk Show as well! Lovely Dana is bringing AAAAAAAAALL the shawl pins, earrings, necklaces and buttons for you!

There could be more additions for the month, but that’s everything that is confirmed so far!

#flyingneedlesva #flyingneedleswilliamsburg #flyingneedlesevents #flyingneedles2018kal #flyingneedlessweaterweatherKAL2018

 

Super Stitchy Trunk Show & Yarn Tasting

WILLIAMSBURG, VA, Sept. 17, 2018 – Our FIRST EVER SELF STRIPING INDIE DYER is landing at The Flying Needles Sept. 21 & will be staying with us until Oct. 9!

Indie dyer Barbara, owner of Super Stitchy, made it through Hurricane Florence intact and is now bringing AAAAAAALL her yarns for a Trunk Show & TWO Yarn Tastings!

With color ways of Jimmies, Super Spooky, Hippogriff & Sunshine Daisies, she’s bringing her color ways AND the self-striping yarns – yarn that changes colors as you knit & creates horizontal strips of color!

This Holly Springs, N.C., indie dyer is a self-proclaimed nerd, and loves all things geeky. Her colorways are inspired by her favorite things from novels to TV shows to musicals.

And she’s LANDING Friday, Sept. 21, for TWO Yarn Tastings – 10 am to 12 pm and 5 to 7 pm. There are tickets available for both seatings, but reservations are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. The Trunk Show will continue through Saturday, Sept. 22. Please call us at (757) 345-3655 to reserve your $10 ticket for the Yarn Tastings NOW! We are happy to take your payment over the phone.

The Flying Needles vs. The Twisted Knitter in Mebane, NC – which LYS will be victorious?

WILLIAMSBURG, VA, Aug. 14, 2018 – Susan Dickerson, owner of The Flying Needles challenged Kim Pate, Owner of The Twisted Knitter in Mebane, N.C., to a Knit-A-Long competition on Monday, Aug. 13. The challenge was issued over Facebook Live video. Kim accepted the gauntlet and the competition starts here at The Flying Needles Saturday Aug. 18!

At the heart of the KAL competition is the River Dance Shawl by River of Yarn! Each shop will have a little more than a month for team members to complete the River Dance Shawl. Team Flying Needles competitors can cast on beginning Saturday, Aug. 18, while Queen City Yarn is on location for a Trunk Show. All Flying Needles competitors have until 7 pm Saturday, Sept. 22, to complete the River Dance. The Twisted Knitter competitors can cast on beginning Tuesday, Aug. 21, during their Tuesday Night Knitting. All Twisted Knitter competitors have until 8 pm Tuesday, Sept. 25 to complete the project.

Each completion counts as a point! Competitors can make more than ONE!

TO HAVE YOUR SHAWL COUNT AS A POINT, YOU MUST:
1. Create a River Dance Shawl project on Ravelry.
2. Post a picture of your completed project to the Ravelry Group Discussion Thread. (Definition of COMPLETED: bound off. You do not have to have your shawl block or your ends woven into the garment.)

Those who do not have a Ravelry account or who do not know how to post to Ravelry can be assisted by The Flying Needles staff. The pattern designer, RIVER OF YARN, will be tracking completions.

Completed project counts will be tallied by River of Yarn’s Ravelry Thread  – which will be keeping progress and count of completions. Those who do not have a Ravelry page will be assisted by both Susan and Kimberly for posting their projects to the group thread.

The losing shop owner has to knit & karaoke sing to Bill Oddie’s “The Knitting Song” on Facebook Live.

River of Yarn will offer the pattern at 15% from Aug. 14 & 22. Each Local Yarn Shop has its own promo code. The Flying Needles promo code is: FLYINGNEEDLES. After Aug. 22, this code will not work! So head on over and purchase this pattern NOW! Before you check out, enter the code and save 15% on the pattern.

Instagram or Facebook tags: #lyssmackdown #riverdanceshawl #flyingneedleskal2018.
Tag The Flying Needles using this with your caption: @flyingneedlesyarn.

Come out  for our Handmade for Homeless group picture!

Picture at noon, Saturday, Aug. 18

This was the laden table of last year’s more than 300 items donated to Williamsburg House of Mercy. Help us surpass that number this year!

WILLIAMSBURG, VA, August 13, 2018 – The Flying Needles is wrapping up its second annual Handmade for the Homeless Project, and all DONORS are invited!

For two months, The Flying Needles collected handmade items, like, mittens, hats, scarves, socks, etc., to donate to the Harbor, a day center for the homeless located at the Williamsburg House of Mercy and a collaboration between Williamsburg House of Mercy and Greater Williamsburg Outreach Mission, united to serve the homeless.

Collection began June 9 of handcrafted items AND PURCHASED items and will continue through 5 pm Saturday, Aug. 18. Everyone who donates a handmade item is invited for a group picture at noon, Saturday, Aug. 18, with Williamsburg House of Mercy’s Executive Director Shannon Woloszynowski, and The Flying Needles Owner Susan Dickerson. The picture will be submitted to local media.

The timing of the Handmade for the Homeless Project is perfect, said Williamsburg House of Mercy, Executive Director Shannon Woloszynowski. “We are so thankful for the time and care put into these Handmade for the Homeless items because they truly personalize our homeless neighbors” she said. “Last year, we gifted more than 300 scarves, hats, mittens and socks from The Flying Needles to the area homeless at Christmas time. It is incredibly touching to see the appreciation and emotion as people realize that these gifts are crafted and given to them as if they were family members of the knitters. This event truly captures the Williamsburg House of Mercy emphasis on dignity and irreplaceability of each person we serve.”

Items needed for the homeless population include: hats, gloves, scarves, and socks. Other items in great demand include: men’s underwear (new), laundry cards, laundry detergent pods, bus tickets, diapers, new tents, new sleeping bags, wipes, toilet paper, razors, deodorant, toothpaste, and small-sized shaving cream.

Socks are among the most needed items at homeless shelters, yet among the least-often donated. “People don’t think to donate socks,” Woloszynowski said. It’s such a problem, that shelter groups tend to end up purchasing socks for those in need. Even regular donors of clothing such as coats and pants will usually wear their own socks until they have holes and then throw them away. Because of the shortage, the nation’s homeless population is constantly at risk of serious foot disease and, during winter months, in severe danger posed by the cold.

And interestingly enough, for those interested in making hats and mittens, the homeless population tends to hang onto their hats and mittens longer. “I’ve had guys come back a year later with the same hat. They just wear them longer.”

The homeless population in Williamsburg consists of men, women, and many times, children. Numbers ebb and flow throughout the year, but late fall and winter are particularly difficult as seasonal jobs begin lay-offs and employment becomes increasingly hard to find.

“Those who knit, crochet and use fibers to make things have huge hearts,” said The Flying Needles Owner Susan Dickerson. “I hope this Handmade for the Homeless Project is just a vehicle to channel those compassionate souls in a fun way.”

If purchasing items, the following is a list of most needed items from Williamsburg House of Mercy:

New 2 or 3 person tents
New sleeping bags
Hats
Gloves
Scarves
Socks
Men’s underwear (new)
Laundry cards
Laundry detergent pods
Bus tickets
Diapers
Wipes
Toilet paper
Razors
Deodorant
Toothpaste
Small-sized shaving cream

KNIT-A-LONG TIME: Get your Danzig on!

August 13, 2018 – We’re winding up our summer Knit-A-Long this week!  The Danzig by Justyna Lorkowska has been our focus this summer. We’ve seen quite a few completed versions, so if you joined us, drop in or drop us a line so we can see your finished object or your work in progress!

Knit this beauty with us & finish by Aug. 18 to qualify for the grand prize! Join us in the shop from 5 to 7 pm on Wednesdays or wherever you are via Facebook or Instagram! The more you post, the more entries you nab for  the prize. And don’t forget to join us on our Ravelry thread as well! Posts there count as entries for the grand prize as well!

YOU’RE INVITED to The Flying Needles Worldwide Knit In Public Day on June 9

MAY 17, 2018 – We are hosting our 2nd annual World Wide Knit in Public Day on Saturday, June 9, 2018, from 10 am to 5 pm. Rain or shine, bring your own chair and KNIT, CROCHET, WEAVE OR SPIN! COME HELP US TAKE OVER THE SIDEWALK at Williamsburg Crossing Shopping Center!

Shannon Woloszynowski Williamsburg House of Mercy Executive Director will be on hand to help us launch our 2nd Handmade for the Homeless Project, and Queen’s Yarn Boutique, a former Virginia resident turned Tar Heel, will be on site for a yarn TRUNK SHOW!

There will be GIFTS TO THE FIRST 30 PEOPLE WHO COME, free water and lemonade on site until supplies run out and giveaways on the HOUR! All winners must be present to win.

Last year, there were 1125 Worldwide Knit in Public Day events in 54 countries. The count is up to 40 countries so far this year with Taiwan joining for the first time ever!

World Wide Knit in Public Day was started in 2005 by Danielle Landes as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each other’s company. Knitting is such a solitary act that it’s easy to knit alone somewhere and sink into your work without thinking about all the other knitters out there. This day was set to get out of your house and go to a local event (with your knitting in tow) just for you and people like you.

For questions about the event, call The Flying Needles at (757) 345-3655.

The Flying Needles to host Inaugural Retreat March 2018

Retreat Brochure: CLICK HERE

It’s The Flying Needles FIRST EVER RETREAT! It feels like we’ve been planning this 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:
• 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!

• Josh Ryks-Robinsky of Minnesota, most known on Ravelry for his Mystik Spiral Socks and shawls.

Click HERE to access the event REGISTRATION PAGE.

CLICK HERE TO HEAD OVER TO THE RETREAT PAGE! 

 

Let the 2018 RAVELLENIC GAMES BEGIN!

Feb. 6, 2018 – We were going to pass this year, but YOU requested it! So HERE WE GO!!

To celebrate the upcoming Olympic Games, WELCOME TO THE 2018 RAVELLENIC GAMES! Cast on at least one project Friday, Feb. 9, the day of the Opening Games, and bind off by Closing Games Ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 25. The Ravellenics are a personal challenge AND a social event (you guys KNOW we LOVE to have FUN HERE!).

All the info can be found in The Ravellenic Winter Games 2018 group on Ravelry – one of the largest repositories of crochet & knitting patterns in existence as well as an online community for crafters.

Want to participate? Here’s what you do…
1. Once you have a Ravelry profile, create your project via Ravelry. Snap a few photos & upload them to your project with your yarns.
2. Share your project to The Flying Needles Group!
3. Post your updates to The Flying Needles Facebook & Instagram pages with this tag: #flyingneedlesravellenics2018
4. Keep posting during the two weeks to get more entries for prizes! EVERY POST WITH A PHOTO COUNTS AS AN ENTRY!

If you’re a savvy Raveler, there are all sorts of participation categories! Shawl Skating, Aerial Unwind, WIPs Dancing, Sweater Skeleton, Toy Bobsleigh, Mitten Moguls, Short Track Scarf, Super G(arment), Alpine Afghan Combined, Sock Hockey, Freestyle Spinning, Cowl Curling, Cross Country Living, and Hat Halfpipe. Susan will be participating in the WIPs Dancing category with a pair of mitts!

CAST ON: Anytime after 6 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 9th.
BIND OFF: By Closing Games’ end, which are watchable here beginning 8 pm Sunday, Feb. 25.

And you know we have to have a PARTEEEEEEE!! Come on by the Shop Friday, Feb. 9, from 11 am to 1 pm and take part in the Ravellenics Casting on Party! Attend & get a PRIZE ENTRY!

THE PRIZE!! At stake is a Flying Needles canvas zippered bag, three balls of superwash worsted yarn in red, white & blue, a set of Zing needles, US size 6 with a 24” cable AND Tanis Gray’s new cowl released for the Olympics! A $65 VALUE!

 

IT’S A KNIT-A-LONG!

The Flying Needles has suuuuuuch an exciting year coming up! And we’re going to start if off with a BAAAAAANG!

*drumroll please*

IT’S A KNIT-A-LONG! We’ve been eyeing this pattern for quite a while. Welcome to the 2018 FLYING NEEDLES FIND OR FREE YOUR FADE KNIT-A-LONG (KAL)! With 7 fingering weight colors, the Find Your Fade by Andrea Mowry is a STUNNER! You will feel like you’re on a RUNWAY EVERY TIME YOU WEAR IT! AAAAAAAND… If the Find Your Fade is too large for you, we’re opening the KAL to the FREE YOUR FADE – which uses 3 fingering weight colors.

We’ve stocked the shop with ALL the fingering weights in anticipation of this project including…. *drumroll please* OUR VERY FIRST LANDING OF THREE IRISH GIRLS’ YARNS WILL BE IN PRIOR TO THIS KNIT-A-LONG!! We’ve talked with Erin at Three Irish Girls, and SHE & her little elves are busy dying our first order. We also should have another round of MadTosh in with their BRAND NEW Spring 2018 colors – all of which should be here prior to the Casting On Party on Wednesday, Jan. 17! We’re also declaring Jan. 15 as Find Your Fade Day! All day long, staff will be on hand to help you find the colors that speak to you!

In the meantime, come in the shop to VOTE on your favorite Flying Needles’ staff member’s Fade Kit! Help them WIN BRAGGING RIGHTS & a pitcher of Susan’s Lemon Drops!

Find Your Fade & the smaller Free Your Fade patterns are both $7, which you can purchase at The Flying Needles or on Ravelry. If you need a printed pattern, you can get those for $9 here at the shop.https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/find-your-fade
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/free-your-fade

For those who aren’t familiar with the term, a Knit-A-Long is a gathering of people who come together and knit for a common purpose or project – in this particular case, we’re doing this for the sheer FUN FACTOR! If you’ve never done one, here are some common confusions: This is not a class and you do not have to be present. If you ever just wanted to knit the same thing with a group of people to be inspired, that’s what’s at the heart of this KAL.

The Casting on Party will be Wednesday, Jan. 17, from 5 to 7 pm. Join us at the shop, call us on our phone, Facebook or Instagram LIVE, or call in on someone’s cell. If you’re here in Williamsburg, VA, or Timbuktu, YOU can participate.

This is how it will work. Cast on and post your project cast on pictures & updates on The Flying Needles Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and RAVELRY KAL DISCUSSION BOARD with pictures, and you will be entered into our KAL Giveaway for each post. Just make sure you tag us with each post (otherwise we can’t see you). For you Instagrammers, here is the hashtag for our KAL: #flyingneedles2018KAL.

All projects finished by March 28th and posted to The Flying Needles Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or our RAVELRY KAL DISCUSSION BOARD with pictures will be entered into the GIVEAWAY! All Find Your Fades or Free Your Fades that include a Three Irish Girls Yarn will be eligible for the Red Carpet Walk at The Flying Needles Inaugural Retreat on Saturday, March, 31, 2018. (Retreat details ABOVE)

 

ACTING ON GRATEFULNESS!


This year The Flying Needles is participating in Sparkle Friday!

In 2015, Quirks of Art took a very unconventional approach to the day after Thanksgiving – they decided to close their doors and re-focus on the magic of the holidays. Their owner and staff journeyed into Williamsburg with one mission – to spread good cheer and do good deeds.

The Flying Needles wants in on that action! This year, our day after Thanksgiving will be spent collecting canned food items for the FEED OUR FUTURE PROGRAM at Surry County Elementary. This food distribution program feeds 400 families through its backpack program. Also, the school’s support continues over the holiday break – volunteers and staff bag up food to send home to families. CLICK HERE for more information about the Surry Feed Our Future Program.

So, this November, THE FLYING NEEDLES NEEDS YOUR HELP. We have a GIANT box that came filled with yarn. We’d like to fill this box with food between now and the week after Thanksgiving. See the list below of items that are most needed.

Our thanks to you is that for every two items you bring in, we will give you $.50 off your purchase up to $25. We have so much here in the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave to be thankful for. We at The Flying Needles hope you will take a moment to express that gratefulness on our Sparkle Friday and help children not go hungry.

Meanwhile, post your pictures on Instagram of your shopping trip & use the following tags:
#sparkleon #flyingneedles
#sparkleisthenewblack #flyingneedlessparkle

For more information about Sparkle Friday…
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2016

Here is the list of most needed items:

Canned goods
Graham and/or animal crackers
Light Popcorn
Whole Grain Cereal/Granola Bars
Individual Cereal Boxes
Oatmeal
Spaghetti & Meatballs
Ravioli
Beefaroni
Lasagna
Macaroni & Cheese
Canned Tuna or Chicken
Canned Fruit/Fruit Cups in light syrup
Fat-Free Sugar Free Pudding Cups
100% Juice Boxes
Raisins
Applesauce

 

The Flying Needles to host Knit-A-Thon, raising funds for hurricane victims

Concern for fellow Americans in Texas, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Florida spurred conversation during The Flying Needles Open Stitching. Rather than make items to send to those in need, The Flying Needles community agreed money was the best thing to send in support of those hit by the hurricanes. As a result, The Flying Needles will host a fundraising Knit-A-Thon from 10 am to 5 pm Saturday, Nov. 11.

“We’ve all seen the pictures and the news footage,” said Owner Susan Dickerson. “I and the community here at The Flying Needles want to do something to help. So, for one day, we’re selling the seats in our shop to come out and knit, crochet, spin, weave, cross stitch or just sit here and soak up the ambience. All proceeds will be sent to the fund created by the five living former U.S. Presidents. All participants are invited to work on personal projects. Consider it solace to work on your Holiday gifts.”

All seats at The Flying Needles can be purchased for blocks of time. The morning times are 10 to 1:30 pm and the afternoon is from 1:30 to 5 pm. To purchase seats, make checks out to: GBPLF One America Appeal, the fund created by all five living former U.S. Presidents. To find out more about this fund, please CLICK HERE. Of the monies raised, 100% of every dollar raised will go to help victims.

The pricing structure for each of the chairs is:

  • $500 ½ day (morning or afternoon) or $850 for the whole day – the couch – bring up to 8 of your friends and land on The Flying Needles couch! It’s yours for 3 and a half hours – it’s the biggest piece in the HOUSE!
  • $175 ½ day (morning or afternoon) or $300 for the whole day – the navy lazy-boy leather recliner – this one is primo! Best seat in the house!
  • $125 ½ day (morning or afternoon) or $225 for the whole day – the glider – it’s where Dickerson rocked her youngest child. It’s definitely comfy!
  • $100 ½ day (morning or afternoon) or $175 for the whole day – the wingback – Dickerson’s grandmother’s, this chair was reupholstered upon the Shop’s opening.
  • $75 ½ day (morning or afternoon) or $130 for the whole day – the gold chair – customer Trish Whisnant’s mother’s chair and perfect for a little cushion on a back.
  • $50 each ½ day (morning or afternoon) or $85 for the whole day – two white chairs
  • $25 each ½ day (morning or afternoon) or $45 for the whole day – the 18 folding chairs are for sale for $25 each! Order early and you get the higher backed and newer ones.
  • $25 each ½ day (morning or afternoon) or $45 for the whole day – Bring Your Own folding chair. As long as it doesn’t inhibit the flow of foot traffic in the store, you can bring your own chair!

Bring your check made out to GBPLF One America Appeal and reserve your seat now. No credit cards can be accepted for this fundraiser.

As a way to say thank you, all participants will enjoy TRIPLE CUSTOMER LOYALTY POINTS the day of the Knit-A-Thon. For questions or to RSVP for the Knit-A-Thon, call (757) 345-3655. No reservation is confirmed until donations are received.

 

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FLYING NEEDLES!

Oh, YEAH BABEEEEE!!! It’s The Flying Needles 1st BIRTHDAY  on Oct. 14, and boy, do we have BIG PLANS!!

We are ECSTATIC TO ANNOUNCE Lorna’s Laces Yarns will be joining us for our 1st Birthday! Located in Chicago, this woman-owned business has GORGEOUS color ways!!

We’ve got THREE WHOLE DAYS of FUN & ACTIVITIES with Lorna’s Laces and their divine color ways, a Knitter’s Pride Needle Tasting with Toni Lipe, Knitter’s Pride rep, a spinning demonstration by Windchasers Angora who will be spinning right from the bunnies onto the wheel, and a RED CARPET WALK of all the FINISHED OBJECTS from both Knit-A-Longs of the Etched Rio & the Stillwater as well as those FOs from all the beginners who have gotten their start during The Flying Needles’ first year.

Lorna’s Laces kicks our ANNIVERSARY festivities off with two Yarn Tastings. If you’ve never experienced a Flying Needles Yarn Tasting, then you’re in for a HUUUGE treat!

Have you ever wanted to try out a yarn before buying it? How will that yarn that looks like candy on the shelf actually feel in your hands? Is it really as soft as it feels? Do the colors actually look that incredible when they’re knit or crocheted? Come play with our Claudia Hand Painted Yarn! Don’t take our word that it’s awesome! Truffle packs of Lorna’s luscious  yarns are included with your price of admission! Get tons of inspiration for your ongoing knitting and/or crocheting adventures! Seats for each Yarn Tasting are $10 each, and each seating is limited to 40 people.

You can call the shop  and register for any of these events and avoid the extra fees at (757) 345-3655 during shop hours.

On our ACTUAL 1st Birthday, Saturday, Oct. 14, the Lorna’s Laces Trunk Show will continue from 10 am to 5 pm and will be joined by Toni Lipe, Knitter’s Pride rep extraordinaire! Toni will be on hand for a NEEDLE TASTING! Come sample tons of Knitter’s Pride needles – the new Zings, Karbonz and Dreamz! Windchaser Angoras will return for a SPINNING demonstration – they will be spinning Angora Rabbit Fur right from the rabbit and onto the wheel! AND IF THAT WEREN’T ENOUGH! We will be hosting our VERY FIRST RED CARPET WALK!! Every beginner who started on our couch is invited to bring a FINISHED OBJECT in to walk the carpet. Also invited is EVERYONE with completed Knit-A-Long projects! CALLING ALL COMPLETED Etched Rio & Stillwater OWNERS!! ALL INVITED! Please RSVP by calling the shop (757) 345-3655 & let us know if you will be in attendance so we can plan accordingly. There will be prizes all day long for those present!

The Birthday Celebration starts at 10 am and goes through 5 pm all day, Saturday, Oct. 14! Come HELP US CELEBRATE our FIRST YEAR OF BEING IN BUSINESS!

It’s a Knit-A-Long!

OH YEAH BABEEEEE! We’ve got new yarns, and all those luscious beauties are calling out to us for a KAL!! Without further ado, please meet STILLWATER by Marie Greene! Marie’s top-down, seamless one piece, cardigan is a gorgeous, quick-knit, versatile sweater in a wide range of bust sizes (32 to 54!). It was so quick to knit, that Marie and others knit it in FOUR DAYS!! Knit in a worsted weight yarn, this sweater is going to be a wonderful addition to your FASHIONISTA wardrobe. The KAL CASTING ON PARTY will be from 5 to 7 pm Wednesday, Aug. 16! And we’ve saved the BEST FOR LAST… designer Marie Greene will be joining us via Skype for our LAUNCH at 6 pm!!!!!! WOOOOHOOOO!!! Our worsted weights are just gorgeous now with new colors in Berroco’s Ultra Alpaca, Noro’s Kureyon, Juniper Moon’s Herriott, Plymouth’s Galway, and Berroco’s BRAND NEW superwash Ultra Wool! Everyone who attends the CASTING ON PARTY will be entered into the CASTING ON PARTY giveaway that night and into the GRAND Prize. Everyone who finishes their Stillwater by our FIRST YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY on Saturday, Oct. 14, will be invited to walk the RED CARPET that day at noon for our Flying Needles Finished Object Party! Oh good GLORY! It’s gonna be a FULL ON PARTY! Mark your calendar now! In the meantime, drop by the shop to take a gander at all the new luscious beauties!

Flying Needles collects 293 handmade items for homeless

WILLIAMSBURG, VA, August 30, 2017 – The Flying Needles, a Local Yarn Shop, collected 293 handmade items from its Handmade for the Homeless event, which ended Aug 12.

For two months, The Flying Needles collected handmade items, like, mittens, hats, scarves, socks, etc., to donate to the Harbor, a day center for the homeless located at the Williamsburg House of Mercy. The Harbor is a collaboration between Williamsburg House of Mercy and Greater Williamsburg Outreach Mission, united to serve the homeless.

During the Handmade for the Homeless event, The Flying Needles raffled off the GRAND PRIZE, a $350 value, sponsored by Bryson Distributing, Yarn Rep Toni Lipe, and Virginia Hand-dyer Natasha Laity of Unplanned Peacock. Everyone who donated a handmade item was entered into the drawing. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!

Flying Needles launches Handmade for the Homeless – collecting  now through Aug. 12

The Flying Needles, kicked off its first Handmade for the Homeless Project on June 10, 2017, also International Knit In Public Day.

For two months, The Flying Needles will collect handmade items, like, mittens, hats, scarves, socks, etc., to donate to the Harbor, a day center for the homeless located at the Williamsburg House of Mercy and  a collaboration between community partners, Williamsburg House of Mercy and Greater Williamsburg Outreach Mission, united to serve the homeless. For a full list of needs, CLICK HERE.

During the Handmade for the Homeless event, The Flying Needles will raffle off a GRAND PRIZE, sponsored by Bryson Distributing, Plymouth Yarn and Done Roving Yarns. The prize will go to the person who donates the most number of handmade items. The Flying Needles will collect handcrafted items AND PURCHASED items through August 12.

The timing of the Handmade for the Homeless Project is perfect, said Williamsburg House of Mercy, Executive Director Shannon Woloszynowski. “We’re coming into the Winter Shelter season, and people don’t really think about his until November. To have these items in September as we gear up for Winter Shelter is ideal.”

Items needed for the homeless population include: hats, gloves, scarves, and socks are a great need as the weather starts to turn colder.  Other items in great demand include: men’s underwear (new), laundry cards, laundry detergent pods, bus tickets, diapers, wipes, toilet paper, razors, deodorant, toothpaste, and small-sized shaving cream.

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Flying Needles to host first World Wide Knit in Public Day 10am to 5pm  Saturday, June 10

The Flying Needles will host its first World Wide Knit in Public Day event on Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 10 am to 5 pm. Rain or shine, bring your own chair and KNIT, CROCHET, WEAVE OR SPIN! COME HELP US TAKE OVER THE SIDEWALK at Williamsburg Crossing Shopping Center! Dragontamer Woodworking, Dimensions Raku Fired Clay and Done Roving Yarn will be on site with TRUNK SHOWs. Shannon Woloszynowski Williamsburg House of Mercy Executive Director will be on hand to help The Flying Needles launch its first Handmade for the Homeless Project (CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT THE HANDMADE FOR THE HOMELESS PROJECT). There will be free water and lemonade on site until supplies run out and giveaways on the HOUR! All winners must be present to win.
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Flying Needles celebrating SIX MONTHS with Virginia-based Unplanned Peacock for April 14 & 15 Trunk Show
We’ve got EXCITING NEWS!! Natasha Laity, Unplanned Peacock Studio artist and Yarnista, will be in the HOUSE Easter weekend, Friday & Saturday, April 14 & 15, to help us CELBRATE OUR SIX MONTH ANNIVERSARY!

She’s bringing everything but the kitchen sink! Join us at The Flying Needles both days, 10 am to 5 pm touch, feel and really LOOK at all of her colors, textures, models and just plain AWESOMENESS!! Come help us CELEBRATE and get INSPIRED!

 

Flying Needles hosting its 1st KAL
To celebrate our FIRST SIX MONTHS of being opened, The Flying Needles is hosting its Inaugural KAL (Knit A Long)!

For those new to the knitting world, KALs are created opportunities for people to knit MORE! The project we will all be doing is the Etched Rio by Sarah Smuland. We have the pattern in the shop, but it is available via Ravelry, too. We picked this pattern because it has just enough lace to be difficult for a beginner while being an attractive enough garment that expert knitters will love it as well! There are some GORGEOUS spring yarns to do this wrap in, especially the JUST LANDED Plymouth Nettle Grove! And the absolute best thing about a KAL, is that every Wednesday Open Stitch Night, we will be available to assist if you run into trouble – it’s like Knitting With An Instructor!

We launch Wednesday March 15 & Bind Off within 8 weeks by May 15! For the full story, click here.

 

Feb. 20, Monday, 10 am & 5:30 pm

We can tell you now that we are hosting a Plymouth Yarn Tasting on Monday, Feb. 20. YOu will get to try out 5 delectable Plymouth spring yarns! The free event will be held at 10 am and again at 5:30 pm. Each seating is free and will hold 25 participants. Call us NOW to reserve your space as we are expecting to fill up early! (757) 345-3655!