Please call shop to get most recent class info. We are also happy to design a class around your needs.

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Happy 5th Birthday to Yarn Explosion

yarnexplosionHappy Birthday                                     Yarn Explosion!     

          It is so hard to believe, but we have been exploding for five years now!  And everyday, we are so thankful for the wonderful stitching community we have that enjoys shopping, taking classes, and just hanging out with us.  We all have such fun sharing our passion for knitting and needlepointing with lovely yarns, threads, and canvases, even if we don’t get enough time to stitch ourselves. 

     5_candle   For our birthday month of October, we are highlighting yarns and threads that we purchased for our Opening, continue to believe in, and promote for quality projects.  This includes almost 30 yarns and 10 needlepoint threads !  Come remind yourself of some of our favorites and take advantage of in-stock quantities being discounted 20%Pattern books for these yarns will also be discounted.

        New orders from our Trade Show shopping trip continue to arrive.  Artyarns has a new silk/cashmere blend called ‘Ensemble 4’ you will want to bury yourself in!  Tahki Stacy Charles  had three new yarns we found fascinating, Aria, Natalia, and Kismet, all with great patterns and colors.  One of the new yarns from Classic Elite  has arrived, Chalet, which will be great for winter accessories.  Exciting new colors and patterns of favorite yarns and new needlepoint canvases continue to arrive also. 

        All of us worker bees at Yarn Explosion have done a knit-along project based on our Sweater Wizard computer program.   We decided to knit vests, each of us choosing our own yarn, gauge, and style.  Three of the vests are completed and on display.  We have enjoyed the process of designing a unique vest and seeing different ways to be creative with a basic design.  We will be happy to work with you and design a project based on your favorite yarn.

        If you are already contemplating your Holiday Shopping, please remember to stop by here for goodies, gift certificates, and beautiful pieces from the Artisans Center of Virginia.  The newest pieces from ACV include amazing hand needle-felted Jacks and Santas

We are offering special Knit Alongs this month in honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Check out our Class listing for fun inexpensive projects and support someone you love.


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Summer Socks


How do You Wear Your Summer Socks?

  sock5          One more month of real summer, and if it doesn’t rain the entire time, we may get to play in the sun!  For August, we are going to celebrate socks.  Join us for some sock fun in both the needlepoint and knitting rooms.




   sock6            In the needlepoint room, find mini- to full-size stockings.  Most are for the winter holiday season, and many are whimsical.  Subjects vary from the pets, to hobbies,  angels, snowmen, candies, scenes, etc.  All stocking canvases are 15% off for the month of August.

Be sure to check out new needlepoint items arriving daily. 

***Christmas Needlepoint Finishing Deadline:  If you want your project ready for the Holidays, it must be submitted to us by September 1, for all of our finishers.



  sock4        “What kind of yarn do I need to knit socks?”  “What is a ‘Sock Yarn’, and is it only for socks ?”  Theoretically, you can use almost any fiber to make socks, although there are many blend combinations that work best for most of us.  A ‘sock yarn’ is any yarn chosen to make socks. Yarn labeled ‘sock yarn’ can be knit into many other articles.    That said, read the comments on sock yarns on our FAQ page.

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     Here at  Yarn Explosion, we offer at least 32 different ‘Sock Yarns’, any of which can be knit into socks, hats, scarves/shawls, baby items, shirts, wraps, etc.  Most are fingering weight and are also extremely popular for the exciting scarves and shawls all over Ravelry

      For the month of August, all regularly designated Sock Yarns and sock patterns/books will be reduced 15%.    Wear your favorite pair of hand knit socks or other item knit with a ‘sock yarn’ and receive a free sock/sock yarn pattern.





         Come celebrate August with us, stay cool, and think SOCKS!                                                                                             

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Yarn Crawl

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May 30, 31, and June 1

Come join the fun checking out the wide variety of yarns, patterns, and notions available in our Valley in six local shops.  Earn door prizes and/or visit all six shops and be entered in a drawing for a fantastic $500 gift basket.

Each shop will be featuring a Virginia  hand-dyer with a limited supply of an exclusive yarn.  The dyer may be experimenting with a new yarn base or a new color.  Such an exciting opportunity!

Participating shops and hand-dyers:

Yarn Explosion**5227 Airport Rd.** Roanoke** 540-206-2638**Green Dragon Yarns

The Crooked Stitch**390 Franklin St.**Rocky Mount**540-420-7129 **Blue Ridge  Yarns

Mosaic Blacksburg**880 University City Blvd**Blacksburg**540-961-4462 **Wolle’s Colors

Mosaic Roanoke**3113 Franklin Rd.**Roanoke**540-685-2285**Claudia Hand-Painted Yarns

Orchardside Yarn Shop**273 Raphine Rd**Raphine**540-348-5220** Flock Bransonas

Woolly Jumper Yarns**202 S. Locust St**Floyd**540-745-5648 **Unplanned Peacock

Each shop will have current specials or opportunities going on with Spring/Summer activities and other offerings (our needlepoint, CS’s quilting, etc).  Please plan to participate in this exciting local happening and celebration!  Get your needles ready!!

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March Madness


      For March Madness, we will be featuring mohair, Malabrigo, many new yarns, and MAR, as in Julie Mar needlepoint designs.     julie 1

      The Julie Mar Trunk Show arrived early and is on display.  This is a beautiful collection of her work, a few of which we have offered before.  There is a wide variety of categories, sizes, and subjects; something to suit everyone!         julie2

    All Julie Mar canvases will be here for a month and will be 15% off.  Be sure to stop by and enjoy the show. 

Our mohair promotion for March features at least 25 yarns marked 20% off.   If knitting with mohair is a concern, be sure to enjoy the models and the various yarn textures.  Mohair is frequently blendmohaired with wool, linen, silk, or glitz for beautiful effects.    


For those of you participating in Ravelry’s Malabrigo March Knit-Along, we carry Malabrigo‘s Rasta, Worsted, Sock, and Lace yarns.   

Happy Spring Knitching!

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It’s Holiday Time!


   Classes are busy, last minute knitchers are hurriedly clicking their needles, we’re getting ready to count inventory, but we always have room for you!

**We have two gift baskets- one for a knitter and one for a needlepointer.  Whenever you stop by this month, please register your name.

**Our last shopping day before the holidays is Saturday, Dec. 22.  We will pull names for the baskets and then close the doors for our holidays.  We will reopen Wednesday, January 2.   

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and all your loved ones!              

 from all of us at Yarn Explosion

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November and December classes

Please see our ‘Classes’ page.

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All pink yarns, buttons,  needlepoint threads, and canvases are reduced 25% for the month of October.  Knitch something special for a loved one or a friend.

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4 Year Anniversary Party

Party Time! 

Saturday, September 15 from 10:00 to 2:30!

       Please come help us celebrate our 4 unbelievable years being your local knitting, crochet, and needlepoint destination.  We love what we do and we thank you for being such awesome customers and part of our family.  We will have a 20% discount just for that day on Local (Virginia and USA) made yarns and all needlepoint canvases; in-stock only.

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Latest Thoughts

Thoughts for August 31, 2012 

          It’s ‘Back to School’ season.  If you have a school-age child or grandchild, no matter what age, check out our sweater, school-colors hat, fun socks, etc patterns.  The good news is that 7 year olds – teens will enjoy your creations longer than the fast-growing babies!

        Can you believe this?  We are getting ready to celebrate our 4 year anniversary!!  Please help us celebrate by enjoying new and classic products, participating in class offerings, and attending our Birthday party in mid-September.  More details later.  We thank you so much for being part of our family. 

            Exciting needlepoint news! 

We would like to officially welcome and introduce Barbara as our new needlepoint employee.  She brings years of needlepoint and art experience to the needlepoint nook as she kits projects and leads the monthly club meetings.  She is a member of the Charlottesville Needlepoint Guild and she knits!

Many of you have seen or stitched our 2 sided-clip-on “Roanoke Squirrel” designed by Labors of Love.  We are thrilled to announce that together we have created an exclusive “Woodland Animal” series beginning with the squirrel and followed by a darling bunny in his cabbage patch.  Watch for our ad in the Fall issue of Needlepoint Now and the release of the new critters.  Stitch guides and threads will be available as kits for all the animals. 

Christmas Needlepoint Deadlines:  Do you have needlepoint pieces you want finished for the holidays?  We have been told there will be NO last minute rush orders taken, so PLEASE have your pieces in by the following dates:            


*stockings and pillow for Rosanne:  October 18

*ornaments and difficult pillows for Dennis:  Oct. 1

*clip-on birds and stand-up pieces for Spinning Wheel: Sept. 7

*bracelet cuffs for Stitch n Leather: Sept. 7

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