Come celebrate Local Yarn Shop Day with The Flying Needles on Saturday, April 27!

The National Needlearts Association has declared Saturday, April 27, the 2nd Annual Local Yarn Shop Day. And YOU are invited!

We have all kinds of events planned for April 27.

First up is a Trunk Show by Cozy Color Works! Coming all the way from New Jersey, Sandy is bringing AAAAAAALL her yarn! You will meet her 550 yard fingering weight skeins in AAAAALL the colors.

Second up are all patterns! We have an exclusive LYS Day pattern from Casapinka, which is free with yarn purchase. This pattern is so secret, no pictures have even been released yet. In addition to all the other yarns we have in stock, we will have special Dragonfly Fiber kits for the Casapinka LYS Day Shawl.

We also have FREE patterns for the Stacked Shawl by Becca Anderson with purchase of yarn.

If that wasn’t enough, there are SALES & GIVEAWAYS ALLLLL DAY LONG!

Doors open at 10 am on Saturday, April 27!

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A Hundred Ravens landing for Yarn Tasting & Trunk Show; @RiverofYarn launching new pattern

WILLIAMSBURG, VA, Feb. 19, 2019 – The Flying Needles is DELIGHTED to announce a TKO event on March 1 & 2…. *drum roll*

A Hundred Ravens and @RiverofYarn are up to some fiber awesomeness – A Hundred Ravens is arriving for Yarn Tastings & a Trunk Show, and @RiverofYarn has teamed up with A Hundred Ravens for a BRAND NEW SWEATER PATTERN – which WILL BE RELEASED AT THE FLYING NEEDLES on Saturday, March 2, during the Trunk Show!

Known for its lush, vivid and saturated colors, A Hundred Ravens is coming all the way from New Hampshire to join us for two Yarn Tastings – one from 5 to 7 pm Friday, March 1, and the other from 9 to 11 am Saturday, March 2. The Trunk Show will open Friday morning at 10 am and continue through Saturday at 5 pm. Call us to nab your Yarn Tasting ticket now – (757) 345-3655. Tickets are $10 each, which nabs YOU a reservation and yarn truffle samples of five yarn bases from A Hundred Ravens: Aesir, Iachos, Llyr, Yaksha and Patos.

Lauren Renee, @RiverofYarn who designed the #LYSSmackdown River Dance Shawl, is launching her first sweater pattern in A Hundred Ravens sportweight yarn! Lauren will be joining us for Saturday’s Yarn Tasting and all day Saturday to sign patterns and help people pick colors and start her Peace Valley sweater, meant for beginners.

A Hundred Ravens is an independent, hand-dyed yarn company based in Brookline, NH. They’re a family-owned and operated business known for user-friendly, superwash yarn in a variety of bases ranging from our workhorse sock yarn to luxurious silk/BFL blends. All of their yarn is manufactured in the USA, and then hand dyed by owner and lead dyer, Kate Bachus.

Originally from Williamsburg, Lauren of @RiverofYarn is now a Richmond-based, knitwear designer with an unending love for dogs, books, coffee, and sunshine. Her River Dance Shawl won The Flying Needles bragging rights in the #lyssmackdown – a competition between The Flying Needles & The Twisted Knitter in Mebane, NC to see which yarn shop could complete the most shawls within a month.

And if you just don’t know what the heck a Yarn Tasting is… 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 pretty when it’s knit or crocheted? Come play with the YARN! Don’t take our word that it’s awesome! Truffle packs of the yarns are included with admission! Get tons of inspiration for your ongoing knitting and/or crocheting adventures!

For those interested in the Yarn Tasting, 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, and Saturday’s Yarn Tasting is already half -full. We are happy to take your Yarn Tasting reservation and payment over the phone – (757) 345-3655.

Trunk Show featuring Arkansas Jawbreaker Yarn

WILLIAMSBURG, VA, Jan. 28, 2019 – The Flying Needles is ECSTATIC to announce …. *drum roll* all the way from ARKANSAS… Jawbreaker Yarn is LANDING at The Flying Needles for a Trunk Show Valentine’s Day week!

Susannah Kate, dyer extraordinaire, is sending AAAAAAALL her yarns for this Trunk Show. She’s sending her most popular bases:

  • Single Ply, 100% Superwash merino, fingering
  • Twist sock, 80% Blueface Leicester/20% nylon, fingering
  • BFL, 75/25 nylon, fingering
  • DK, 100% Superwash merino 4 ply

Susannah lives surrounded by national parks full of natural inspiration and finds herself drawn to odd and surprising color combinations – which manifests in her yarn palette. She’s been dyeing since 2017. So, when she’s not mixing colors for her yarns, she can be found hiking, reading YA books or drinking gallons of coffee.

New Year, new Knit-A-Long!

WILLIAMSBURG, VA, Jan. 8, 2019 – We wanted to kick 2019 off with a bang, and there’s nothing better than to start off the new year with a NEW KNIT-A-LONG! So many choices with such yarnspiration! We fell in love the Isabell Kraemer’s Abulon cowl that Angela & Kathy completed. They inspired quite a few of us, so no time like the present… Meet the Abulon. Inspired by the sea, Kraemer combined her vision of a shell covered beach and the deep green-blue of the ocean early in the morning. The project starts with a provisional cast on. If you are unfamiliar with this cast on, you cast on with waste yarn, which means that your cast on stitches are live! The first half of the cowl is worked to create the holes. The second half is all stockinette, which will peek through. The layers are then joined with a 3-needle bind off!

The pattern calls for sport weight yarn, which means you can use a fingering weight yarn, a sport weight or a DK yarn. And OH THE YARNS WE HAVE or will have… Shipments are dropping this week with all the aforementioned weights!

This $4.59 pattern on Ravelry calls for one skein of the main color and another of the secondary color along with US size 5 needles fingering weight and one skein of a complimentary color. The finished cowl has a 31.5” circumference and is 8” tall.

Consider yourself invited to the Casting On Party – from 5 to 7 pm Wednesday, Jan. 23! Join us wherever you are via Facebook or Instagram! Complete your own Abulon for the Abulon #finishedobject Brag Session from 5 to 7 pm Wednesday, March 20. Post to Facebook & Twitter with the tag #flyingneedleskal2019 .

If you are unfamiliar with a Knit-A-Long, it’s just a group of people all working on the same project for inspiration and group comraderie. We also provide pattern assistance for anyone who needs help with technical aspects of the pattern – so it’s like taking a class for FREE! We hope you can join!

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:

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!

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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!

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.

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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
Men’s underwear (new)
Laundry cards
Laundry detergent pods
Bus tickets
Toilet paper
Small-sized shaving cream

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