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 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

WEDNESDAY’s ID is: 922 853 417.  WEDNESDAY’s Password is: 445065

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.

We’ve been watching and keeping our eyes on all the news concerning the Coronavirus. We are responding and continuing to monitor to the evolving situation. As of now, The Flying Needles is open for curbside service & virtual shopping only. The shop is not open for customers during the Covid-19 pandemic. We also are offering Virtual Open Stitching on Tuesday morning and Wednesday nights. Please see our CALENDAR for more information.

We also are offering virtual shopping excursions. Call us to set up your appointment! (757) 345-3655

Meanwhile, we are working diligently behind the scenes taking inventory, switching Point of Sale systems and bringing The Flying Needles Store online.

We also have concerns about people feeling isolated. Join the James River Yarn Crawl Inaugural KAL/CAL. Everyone is concerned about Covid-19 right now, and when people are nervous and scared, that’s the best time to get your craft on. We encourage everyone to consider jumping into this KAL/CAL. We have set up Ravelry threads to help everyone feel connected – at least virtually. It’s always great to see people’s progress and to have a community that will answer questions.

Stay safe and healthy, everyone. As we have updates, we will keep you posted. Should you have any questions or concerns, please call us at (757) 345-3655

Susan Dickerson
Owner, The Flying Needles

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!

Vogue Knitting Live Victory Lap

Robin’s Promise Yarn Tasting, Fashion & Trunk Show

Susan is back from Vogue Knitting Live, and to celebrate, she is hosting a Vogue Knitting Live Victory Lap Yarn Tasting, Fashion Show & Trunk Show for her Robin’s Promise Yarn line March 6 & 7.


The weekend kicks off with a private yarn tasting, chat and shopping expedition with Susan Dickerson, also owner of The Flying Needles, from 5 to 7 pm Friday, March 6. The fun continues from 10 am to 12 pm Saturday, March 7 for a second yarn tasting and chat.

Everyone with a finished object in Robin’s Promise Yarns is invited to bring their finished object and strut their stuff from 12 to 12:30 pm Saturday. Everyone participating in the Finished Object Fashion Show will receive a $10 off Robin’s Promise Yarns coupon. Call the shop and register your Robin’s Promise Yarn finished object! Registration is required to enter your finished object into the show. Registration is FREE, and the event is open to the public.

Susan has her more than 100 colors on four bases now, which you will be sampling:

  • Little Bird, fingering weight, 100% superwash merino
  • Songbird, fingering weight, 75%/25% superwash merino and nylon blend
  • Two Sparrows, DK 100% superwash merino
  • Bird of Prey, bulky weight 100% superwash merino.

Call us to reserve your Yarn Tasting seat. Yarn Tasting tickets are $10 each, and there are ONLY 25 RESERVATIONS FOR EACH TASTING, which are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. The fashion show is FREE to watch and to participate. Call us at (757) 345-3655 to make your reservation!

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!