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.


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.


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!