Effective Tuesday, May 26th We Are Re-Opening Our Doors For Shopping By Appointment

Effective May 26th, Center of the Yarniverse will again be accepting in-person appointments to privately shop in the store. If you still aren't ready or able to shop in person, we will continue to offer phone sales and virtual shopping using FaceTime or Skype. Our online store is here to stay at  We can also schedule a private meeting through Zoom and take you through the shop. We continue to offer curbside pick-up, free local delivery (within a 10-mile radius), and shipping options. 

We aren't taking our re-opening lightly.  Your safety, the safety of our staff, and the safety of everyone we all go home to is our priority.  In order to keep our doors open, we are counting on you to help up by following these safety measures:

  • Face coverings are required.  Wearing a mask or face covering is essential to shop in person at this time (by you and us).  If you cannot, will not, or simply don't want to wear a mask--please wait until masks are not required or take advantage of our shop by phone or online options.
  • Hand sanitation is a must. Please use hand sanitizer when you enter the store and before you leave. We will provide it for you at the door and at the register.
  • Social distancing is key.  We have placed floor stickers throughout the store to help customers and employees maintain spacing of at least 6 feet.   
  • Bathrooms are not available at this time.

As things continue to change, we will adapt to provide the yarn therapy we all need right now. Thank you so much for your continued support.

Please refer to the CDC and VA Department of Health for the most up to date information regarding Coronavirus ( and

All of us at Center of the Yarniverse miss you dearly. Our dream has always been to build on the wonderful community of crafters, not just be a yarn store. We can’t wait until the day we can welcome you back with open arms...and hugs!

"Knit on, with confidence and hope, through all crises." 

- Elizabeth Zimmerman

Updated Business hours:

Tuesday - Saturday: 11am - 2pm (in-person sales by appointment only)

Shop online 24 hours a day

Kim Dyes Yarn Community Matters - June Deadline May 31st!


June is about summer musings. As we get restless with staying home and the weather gets nicer, our thoughts are turning to the outdoors. I adore Fireflies and ever since I saw this photograph of a dark wood sprinkled with fireflies, I wanted to turn it into a colorway. For extra fun, I am dyeing on a sparkly dk weight superwash merino/nylon yarn. 

Fireflies at Play is a blend of blues, black, green with pops of the bright yellow. Bioluminescence is the neon lemon tonal that looks amazing with Fireflies at Play. 

The yarn is a Sparkle DK composed of 75/20/5% Superwash merino/nylon/stellina. Each skein is 100 grams/231 yards for $28/skein.

Inspiration Station

Question: Use my stash or buy new yarn? Answer: YES!

Question: Use my stash or buy new yarn? Answer: YES!

Question: Use my stash or buy new yarn? Answer: YES!


We know you are looking at your stash thinking, "I should work with you". We also know you want to support your LYS. We have the perfect solution: combine stash yarn with some new yarn!  We have combed Ravelry and found many patterns that are perfect for doing just that. Check out these beauties or let us know what you have found on your own.

Rainbow Beach + Appia Cowl

Question: Use my stash or buy new yarn? Answer: YES!

Question: Use my stash or buy new yarn? Answer: YES!


A fun and addictive 1 or 2 skein project!

Breathe and Hope

Question: Use my stash or buy new yarn? Answer: YES!

Breathe and Hope


A beautiful 2-skein project from Casapinka!  

Shop from home at our new online store!

Since you can't come to the shop, we're bringing the shop to you!   We are still in the process of adding products, pictures and descriptions.  If you have any questions about products, please call us Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 2pm at (804)362-7800. 

James River Yarn Crawl - Crawl Shawl KAL/CAL extended to September 11, 2020

The James River Yarn Crawl is hosting its FIRST Knit-A-Long/Crochet-A-Long!
All six yarn shops are busy behind the scenes prepping for the James River Yarn Crawl, and we know that everyone is getting excited. To help channel all that excitement, the James River Yarn Crawl is hosting an Inaugural KAL/CAL.

We have reached out to Virginia designer Nailya Plaskey, Nailya on Ravelry, who produces both crochet and knitting patterns, to design Down to the River and to the Ocean. It was important to all involved that we be inclusive, so crochet and knit versions are available.

The top-down triangular shawl represents the river locks, mechanisms used to raise and lower boats between river water levels. The shawl then flows into the feather and fan pattern, representing ocean waves. In addition to being written in both crochet and knit versions, the shawl comes in 2 sizes, either a 1 or 2 skein fingering weight project, and all are using a size US 6 36” knitting needle or 4mm hook/Size G. The small version has a finished size of roughly 59”; the large roughly 74”. The pattern is $6 and can be seen at

There is one grand prize for those who complete the shawl by September 11, 2020.
1) All yarn must be purchased from one of the six yarn shops participating (see below).
2) All completed shawls must be posted to Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #jryccrawlshawl.
3) You also must tag the shop where you purchased the yarn (see below for shop tags). All conditions must be completed to qualify for the prize.
The shawl hashtag is: #downtherivertotheocean

Participating shop tags are:
For those who do not have Instagram or Facebook accounts, ask your Local Yarn Shop to take a picture of your completed shawl and post for you, which will qualify you for the prize.  

Weekly Sit & Stitch

Our Sit and Stitches are now meeting virtually!


Our time together is now more important than ever!

 Lets stay in touch by meeting virtually using Zoom!

Wednesday evening Sit & Stitch meets from 7pm - 9pm.

Friday morning Sit & Stitch meets from 10am - noon.

Meeting ID: 614 892 6684

Password: 884-2347

 For security purposes, meetings will be recorded while ongoing. All recordings will be deleted afterwards. 

New to Zoom? Click this link for helpful tips: 

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100 N. Railroad Avenue Ashland, VA 23005

Just across the tracks from our original location!

Urban Girl Yarns at Center of the Yarniverse December 1, 2018

LET'S GET TOGETHER (Temporarily paused while we meet virtually on Zoom - see above)

Friends and Fiber - it doesn't get much better than that! Meet up with old friends and make new ones at these regular Sit & Stitch events:

  • Wednesday nights @ Center of the Yarniverse (7:00pm - 9:00pm)
  • Friday mornings @ Center of the Yarniverse (10:00am - noon)
  • Every 3rd Thursday @ Origin Brewery (6:00pm - 9:00pm)


Come in and find beautiful yarns in a variety of fibers and textures to knit and crochet, as well as patterns, kits and accessories. You will find something for every project and every budget.

What will you create today?


Interested in taking a class?

Click the link below to see upcoming classes taught by our amazing teachers.

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Better yet, see us in person!

We love our customers, so please stop by to shop, work on a project, or learn something new.

Center of the Yarniverse

100 N. Railroad Ave., Ashland, VA 23005

(804) 362-7800

Hours TEMPORARILY CHANGED. See COVID-19 Update above for more info.


By Appointment

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