Spring Fling 2013

Photo: Friendly faces from Spring Fling

Spring Fling 2013 has flung and we had a fantastic time! See the summary post and photos on Sheri's Blog and join us on our Loopy's Spring Fling Ravelry group to catch up with other flingers and share fling stories.

Information and registration for our next fling will tentatively be published in early 2014. If you're interested in more information, stay tuned to Sheri's Blog for the latest news.


Dates & Venue

Thu, April 18th thru Sun, April 21st — registration starts at 3 pm on Thursday. We'll enjoy a Dessert Buffet that evening, then two days of classes, Loopy shopping, and Knitting Lounge relaxation, ending with a brunch on Sunday morning. For travel purposes, plan to arrive anytime after 1 pm on Thursday, and plan to fly out any time on Sunday, late morning or early afternoon.

Embassy Suites Loveland (website) — this beautiful hotel is located between Loveland and Fort Collins, a 50 minute trip from the Denver Airport. Amenities include a 24 hour fitness center, indoor swimming pool and on-site restaurant. A full service spa – The Spa Botanica – is available for massages, facials, body wraps and treatments, and other therapies. (Cost not included in your Retreat cost.) Free shuttle service to Loveland's popular shopping and dining area, Centerra.

Costs

Double Room for $525 or Single Room for $695 — this includes hotel stay for Thu/Fri/Sat nights, the Thursday evening reception, breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday, Brunch on Sunday, 1 class (others available for an additional fee), Goodie Bag, trip to The Loopy Ewe, and 8 am - midnight access to the Loopy Knitting Lounge on Friday and Saturday.

If you are flying in, you can rent a car to get to the hotel (perhaps with a few fellow Flingers?), or there is a shuttle service that you can book at a discounted rate. It will be approximately $48 round trip for the shuttle service.

Great Teachers & Classes!

  • Susan B Anderson (website) — Susan is the author of Itty Bitty Hats, Itty Bitty Toys, Itty Bitty Nursery, and Spud and Chloe on the Farm. She has a series of knitting tutorials on YouTube and has a very popular blog. Susan lives in Wisconsin and this will be her first year as one our of Fling teachers.
    • Build a Toy Workshop In this class you will be provided with a pattern that will give lots of choices and shapes for bodies, heads, noses, ears, legs, and paws. You will plan and knit your very own personalized animal, around 4 - 6 inches in height, and learn loads of techniques for toy knitting as you go! We will explore and talk about stuffing techniques, picking up stitches directly on the toys to add on parts, stitching parts of together (it's really simple!), face embroider, yarn choices, ideal gauge and fabric for toy knitting, and more. You will come away a confident and creative toy knitter!
    • Fair Isle Hat Design Learn how to do two-handed fair-isle while creating your own hat and selecting your own colors and stitch patterns. This class is intended for first time fair-isle knitters or people who are fairly new to fair-isle. Class will include instruction on Latvian Braids, different color work stitch patterns, catching long floats and short floats, etc. There will be plenty of options and you'll have lots of fun while creating your own hat to show off your personal style!
  • JC Briar (website) — JC is the designer of many scarf, shawl and sweater patterns, as well as the author of the must-have book, Charts Made Simple. She calls herself a "technique junkie", as she collects knitting techniques and skills like other people collect patterns and yarn. This will be her second time as one of our Fling teachers. We heard so many amazing things about her previous Fling classes, that of course we had to have her back! She will be visiting us from her home in Oregon.
    • Cast-On Cornucopia Dozens of cast-on techniques exist: one strand or two strand; loose and flowing or elastic and springy; invisible or decorative. Review your options in this class - try variations on old favorites and discover entirely new options. Best of all, gain the familiarity you need to choose just the right cast-on for your next project.
    • Disaster Recover Mistakes happen. Fortunately, knitters have an array of techniques for dealing with mistakes. Learn when and how to tink, drop, and frog. See how duplicate stitch can cover over goofs in colorwork. And pick up tips for avoiding mistakes in the first place.
  • Ann Budd (website) — Ann is a book editor and former senior editor of Interweave Knits magazine. She is the author of Best of Interweave Knits, Getting Started Knitting Socks, The Knitter's Handy Book series, Simple Style, Color Style, Lace Style, Sock Knitting Master Class, Interweave Presents Knitted Gifts, and many more. Ann lives in Colorado and this will be her first year as one of our Fling teachers.
    • Conquering the Kitchener Stitch Meet the Kitchener stitch head on and overcome your fear, whether using it on stockinette stitch, reverse stockinette stitch, garter stitch, or ribbing. Through working samples and learning tips, you'll laugh in the face of this too-often dreaded grafting stitch.
    • Introduction to Sweater Design Knitwear designers use gauge and body measurements to create the perfect fit in a sweater, hat, or other knitted piece. Learn the magical formulas that will allow you to design your own garments, or to adjust existing ones with ease! No more puzzling over how to increase or decrease evenly in a single row or gradually over many rows - you'll have the answer in moments. You'll also learn tips and tricks that simplify the knitting and finishing process.
  • Wendy Johnson (website) — Wendy is the author of Toe-Up Socks for Every Body, Wendy Knits Lace, Socks from the Toe-Up, and Wendy Knits: My Never-Ending Adventures in Yarn, as well as her popular blog. This will be Wendy's fourth time as one of our Fling teachers. She will be visiting us from her home in Virginia.
    • Introduction to Lace For knitters new to lace, this class will go over instruction and techniques for a number of different lace stitches, including both single and double increases and decreases, as well as a lace cast-on. Everything you need to know to start knitting beautiful lace pieces. Both brand new lace knitters and those with a small amount of lace experience are welcome, as two sets of instructions will be used in. Students can choose to work on or both sets of samples.
    • Sideways Lace Scarf/Shawl Design In this workshop you will learn techniques needed to knit a lace shawl sideways, knitting the edging on as you go, as that the shawl is knit in one piece from start to finish. This class is for knitters who have some experience with knitting basic lace stitches and can do yarn overs and single and double increases. Instruction and techniques for knitting the shawl will be covered and students will complete a mini shawlette in class. Blocking techniques will also be discussed. Handouts will also include a pattern for a full-size shawl template using these techniques that students may knit at home.
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