NEWS

We are OPEN!

Thank you so much for your continued support during this challenging time, and thank you for being so patient with us as we lean in to our re-opening! After a successful week last week, we still received calls from you – our faithful customers – as to when you could come in the shop. That time is NOW!

The shop is opening for regular hours to 10 people at a time – 10 am to 5 pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Hours for Wednesday will be from 10 am to 4:30 pm.

If there is more than one person in your party, all of those in your party count toward how many can be in the shop at one time. If you arrive and we have reached our capacity in the shop, please wait outside until it is your turn to shop. You can knock on the door to let us know you are here.

Anyone entering the shop must wear a face covering and must use hand sanitizer upon entry into the shop.

If you need your yarn wound please wait in the car after you have purchased your yarn. Once your yarn is wound, we will call you and meet you at the door for pickup.

We continue to offer shopping by appointment. If you’re coming from out of town, we suggest making an appointment so your time slot will be reserved. We will allow shoppers in between appointments adhering to our 5 person-limit of in-store shoppers. Call (757) 345-3655 between 10 am to 2:30 pm to make your appointment.

We will not be using customer bags at this time. We will place all merchandise purchased into Flying Needles bags.

We suggest shopping with efficiency – please don’t touch yarn unless you are seriously considering purchasing. Team Flying Needles members can bring several colors together for you if you are having trouble deciding.

We will be cleaning the high touch points daily if not more depending on the foot traffic. While in the shop, plan to physically distance yourself from Team Flying Needles staffers.

We will continue to offer Virtual Shopping for those who are not yet comfortable with being out in public. We continue to offer shipping services for in-store purchases. We also have www.RobinsPromiseYarn.com for the Robin’s Promise yarns and a few other things should you want to shop online.

In-store Open Stitching remains suspended for the time being. We have no idea when this will be reinstated, so please consider joining us for our Wednesday Open Stitching Zoom sessions. Please be patient with us as we adjust to our new normal.

Our Wednesday Virtual Open Stitching is 5 to 7 pm EDT every week! Up to 100 people can participate in our FREE Zoom Parties. To join:

1.  If you are on a mobile device, download the Zoom app.  If you are on your desktop, go
to Zoom.us You will have to download an executable file and install.
2.  Click “Join a Meeting”
3.  Input our meeting ID and password.

WEDNESDAY’s ID is: 922 853 417.  WEDNESDAY’s Password is: 445065
WEDNESDAY’S LINK IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE CONNECTING: https://bit.ly/33GAw0W

If you are on your phone or a tablet device, you will only be able to see the person speaking. If you are on a computer, you will be able to see everyone.

Rules of Engagement & Participation:
Enter and turn your camera on your face. Just like the shop, no politics. No hate language toward anyone. Be kind and inclusive.

As an added layer of security, each session will be recorded.

Susan Dickerson
Owner, The Flying Needles

We’ve reached out to some of our special knitting & crocheting friends to ask if they would be special guests during our Zoom Virtual Open Stitching sessions. We are pleased to announce that we have locked down dates!

April 22: Tanis Gray, Colorwork Queen and TanisKnits on Ravelry
April 29: Lesley Robinson, Brioche Queen KnitGraffiti on Ravelry
May 6: Cori Eichelberger, podcaster and knitwear designer IrocKnits on Ravelry

These loverlies will be joining us during our Wednesday night Zoom parties that includes YOU! Bring whatever you’re working on and a laptop, phone or tablet (maybe a glass of wine) and JOIN US for some socializing, stitching and chatting. There’s no agenda. Just come hang with our Zoom Special Guests and everyone else on the Zoom chat.

As we add others to the agenda, we will make the announcements! If you have suggestions of who to invite, please let us know.

We also have Tuesday Virtual Open Stitching every Tuesday morning 10:30 am to 12:30 pm EDT. Up to 100 people can participate in our Zoom sessions. To join:

1.  If you are on a mobile device, download the Zoom app.  If you are on your desktop, go
to Zoom.us You will have to download an executable file and install.
2.  Click “Join a Meeting”
3.  You then must input your meeting ID and password.

TUESDAY’s ID is: 567 512 329.  TUESDAY’s Password is: 397966
TUESDAY’S LINK IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE CONNECTING: https://bit.ly/39yI9Ir

WEDNESDAY’s ID is: 922 853 417.  WEDNESDAY’s Password is: 445065
WEDNESDAY’S LINK IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE CONNECTING: https://bit.ly/33GAw0W

If you are on your phone or a tablet device, you will only be able to see the person speaking. If you are on a computer, you will be able to see everyone.

If you have trouble joining, click the links above.

Rules of Engagement & Participation:
Just like the shop, no politics. No hate language toward anyone. Be kind and inclusive.

We will see you all on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or BOTH! And if you have any trouble connecting to Zoom, we are happy to try and help you install and get connected via Zoom.

SOOOOOOOO much fun & pixie dust happened this weekend, that we just couldn’t let it go… WE ARE HOSTING A KNITTING MAGIC KAL/CAL beginning NOW through March 28!

Knit any of the patterns in Tanis Gray’s Harry Potter: Knitting Magic book. This book that has rocketed up the charts and was sitting at #8 on The Washington Post’s Publisher’s Weekly list is still in the shop – and ALL COPIES ARE SIGNED! For the crocheters, pick any of the Harry Potter inspired patterns on Ravelry and crochet it up!

There are three levels for the KAL/CAL:

  1. 1 skein projects, 400 yards or less
  2. 2-3 skein projects, 800-1200 yards
  3. 4 or more skein projects, 1600+ yards

There are two prizes for all three levels: first across the finish line and The People’s Choice Award (feel free to get your friends to vote on your finished object).

This KAL/CAL kicks off NOW, but we will have a Kick-Off Party at Open Stitching, from 5 to 7 pm, Wednesday, Feb. 12, and you will have until 5 pm Saturday, March 28 to finish! THERE WILL BE RANDOM PRIZES!! So drop by Wednesday, for the KICK-OFF CASTING ON PARTY! Everyone who took classes this past weekend and started their projects are qualified to enter.

The rules are:

  1. Either your yarn must be purchased at The Flying Needles OR you have to have taken a Knitting Magic Weekend class with Tanis.
  2. You must post your finished object to The Flying Needles Instagram account – @theflyingneedlesyarn. If you have no Instagram account, you can bring your finished object in the shop and let us take your picture holding the finished object. We will post your pic to our Instagram account to get you credit.
  3. You can enter your all three levels as many times as you want. If you want to finish all seven of the horcruxes, they would count as 7 finished object in Level 1 – 1 skein projects. Finish any of the two sweaters in the book and they count as two finished objects in Level 3 – 4 or more skein projects.

As always, please call us if you have any questions at (757) 345-3655, but please plan to join us 5 to 7 pm Wednesday nights during Open Stitching to have us cheer for your progress.

For those who aren’t familiar with the term, a Knit-A-Long/Crochet-A-Long is a group of people who come together and knit/crochet 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. This also helps those people who say they can never complete something – with everyone doing a FADE, you will have TONS of inspiration!