The Flying Needles has teamed up with both Tanis Gray and Whimsical Wood Yarn for a Harry Potter Knitting Magic Weekend Feb. 7-9, 2020, that includes knitting classes, book signings and YARN!
Tanis is coming to The Flying Needles to teach four very exciting classes and publicize her upcoming book “Knitting Magic: The Official Harry Potter Knitting Pattern Collection,” which releases Jan. 28.
Sassy Samantha Hardman of Whimsical Wood Yarn will be flying in that same weekend toting her Harry Potter yarns, including those not yet unveiled. Samantha and her yarn babies will arrive in the shop by 12 pm Friday, Feb. 7. Samantha will be on-site all weekend as well.
To see the event brochure, CLICK HERE.
The Flying Needles will open special hours all weekend to host all this excitement. The shop will open from 8:30 am to 5 pm Saturday, and for the first time ever, the shop will open on SUNDAY from 8:30 to 5 pm.
Registration is open for all four knitting classes. As this is the season of giving, if you want family and/or friends to gift you an All-Access Pass to the weekend or any class package, they can call the shop and register you over the phone. See below for pricing and class itineraries.
Knitting Classes & Book Signing
Feb. 7, Friday, 1-4 pm
Toy Workshop – Knitted Hedwig, 3 hours
Wish you could drop your mail off at the Owlery rather than the Post Office? Thinking of trading your pet cat in for an owl? Then this is the toy workshop for you! Make your very own Hedwig, Harry’s faithful companion and mail deliverer. We’ll cover wrap & turn short row shaping, how to stuff toys properly, attaching safety eyes, increases and decreases, and toy construction. Materials & pattern/book sold separately.
Feb. 7, Friday, 5 – 7 pm
Book Signing & Fireside Chat with Tanis
At this wine & cheese event, Tanis will sign your book and then move into Q&A about the genesis of the book, the pattern selections and any other questions you want to submit.
Feb. 8, Saturday, 9 am – 12 pm
Fair Isle 101, 3 hours
Freaked over Fair Isle? Curious about stranded colorwork techniques? Intimidated by multiple strands of yarn in multiple colors? Not sure how gauge works or how to trap those floats? This is the workshop for you! We’ll cover basic Fair Isle knitting techniques for English, Continental and Combination knitters, tackle common issues, proper technique, basic color theory, reading colorwork charts, how to trap floats, Fair Isle history and setting good Fair Isle knitting habits. We’ll put these techniques into practice while working up the workshop-debuting Harry Potter-themed hat.
Materials & pattern/book sold separately.
Feb. 8 & 9, Saturday & Sunday, 1 – 4 pm
Fair Isle 201 – Hermione’s Time Turner Pullover Sweater, 6 hours,
Ready to move beyond basic stranded colorwork? Interesting in trying your hand at Fair Isle yoke sweater knitting? This 2-session top down pullover incorporates German Short Rows for a more flattering fit, yoke increases, colorwork chart reading, and a time turner-themed yoke with colorwork edge details. Materials & pattern/book sold separately.
Previous Fair Isle experience IS a prerequisite for this class
Feb. 9, 9 am – 12 pm
Steeking 101, 3 hours
Interested in steeking but the thought of taking scissors to your knitting sends shivers down your spine? We’ll learn how to secure and cut our knitting 3 different ways with ease on swatches before you tackle that sweater pattern you’ve had your eye on! You’ll learn the single crochet method (no crochet experience necessary), the backstitch method, and the sewing machine method. Materials & pattern/book sold separately.
Book Signing & Fireside Chat, $20
1 Single session, $75
Sweater, Two-Session Class, $150
Two Single-Session Classes, $150
Three Single-Session Classes, $225
1 Class & Sweater Class, $225
2 Classes & Sweater Class, $300
Harry Potter Knitting Magic VIP ALL ACCESS PASS $375
This ticket includes a copy of “Knitting Magic: The Official Harry Potter Knitting Pattern Collection,” and a ticket to Friday’s night Book Signing & Fireside Chat.
Whimsical Wood Yarn Kits for Fair Isle 101 class, $56
Yarn kits include 2 skeins of 100% superwash merino DK weight yarn, 246 yards each. Order must be placed by Dec. 31.
Harry Potter: Knitting Magic book pre-order, $26.99
(Amazon price match)
Seating is limited so register early! Call The Flying Needles to register: (757) 345-3655.
Materials & pattern/book sold separately for all. The VIP Pass includes the book.
All ticket purchases are non-refundable. Customer loyalty points cannot be accrued or used for The Flying Needles’ special events.