Spring Fling 2009

dsc02540We had so much fun with 100 of you in for the weekend! I kept forgetting to get my camera out and take photos, but I’ll share a few that I managed to get. The first to arrive: my friend Janice from Iowa (and all of you Flingers know why I would not do the Fling without her help) and then Claudia and Andreas (Mr. & Mrs. Wollmeise), along with dsc02525Claudia’s friends Dani and Maria. We went out to dinner at the Japanese Steak House on Wednesday night and here is a picture of Dani, Maria and Janice, waiting for dinner! For our group photo, we almost managed to get everyone in one shot. I took another one on the steps and split it into two parts, but this one turned out better. This is the one and only photo of Claudia, sitting on the floor and hanging on to the sweet knitters next to her to help her through the photo session. She really really does not pose for photos, so I’m glad that she was in this one. Her palms were sweaty after the photo session and I know that she was glad when it was over.)

dsc02530On Thursday, the knitters arrived! Once again, we overtook the hotel lobby with our registration tables, goody bags, knitting, and cupcakes. (Thank you again for transporting cupcakes, Leslie and Laura!) 14 dozen cupcakes. YUM! Because apparently we had not had enough sugar in the afternoon cupcakes, we had our opening night Dessert Reception on Thursday night. The hotel catering makes amazing desserts. The leftovers came to Loopy Central to keep the Elves happy the next day. (They did a wonderful job with all of the shoppers we had in and out of here on Friday and Saturday.)

dsc02549On Friday, we started in on classes with Wendy, Cookie, and Anne. It was fun to have Cookie and Wendy both here the same month that their books came out. I know I’ve gone on and on about their books, but they really are great sock pattern books. Cookie’s has cuff down patterns and Wendy’s has toe up patterns. dsc02545You need them both! Wendy and Cookie did a lot of book signing.  Anne continues to come out with several new patterns every single month. I have no idea how she does it. We have more new ones from her going up in this week’s Sneak Up. ( Anne gave me one of her shawls on Sunday. I am beyond thrilled to have an Anne-knit shawl, and it’s gorgeous! Made out of Fleece Artist.)

dsc02539More cute shawls! Leslie is wearing another Anne-design (I think Wing-O-the-Moth – right, Leslie?, out of Wollmeise) dsc02546and the beautiful shawl pin is from this etsy shop. I might’ve ordered myself one this morning already. Cute earrings on that site, too. Sam is posing with Allen (of Numma Numma fame) in the “Shawl That Jazz” design that she came up with. You can find it on Ravelry here (or here, if you’re not on Ravelry.) We all wanted to make it, after seeing it in person. Very easy garter stitch with a fun ruffle along the bottom.

dsc02531In addition to classes, we also had trips to Loopy Central going on during the day on Friday and Saturday. You know we share a parking lot with a Montessori daycare center, right? They stood and dropped their jaws when the Sheraton Shuttle buses started pulling in and Loopies started streaming off the buses. :-) dsc02533Sheraton buses in our parking lot are very unusual. The Title Companies and Sleep Center just aren’t a big draw for visitors…. Web Guy and Knitting Daughter came home from college for the weekend. They liked meeting everyone! dsc02537

Knitting Daughter helped with Registration and shoppers, and Web Guy did a lot of the checking out. I took the third picture just in case you were wondering how many people can fit in the “Sit and Knit” area at one time. Lots. They sat there looking over their purchases, seeing things that others bought, and knitting, while we finished checkouts for everyone else and waited for the shuttle buses to return. (The shuttle bus drivers were slightly amused by all of us. I can only imagine the conversations at their dinner tables that night.)

We had people sitting and knitting and spinning all day and night. (Next year – a separate dsc02538spinning/quiet knitting room. We need to spread out a bit.) It’s always fun to watch people spin, and Adrienne and Loopy Elf Donna sat and gave informal spinning lessons both afternoons. I came home motivated to work on roving again. It was also fun seeing what everyone was knitting and crocheting. Most people brought things that they could work on while talking. I’m still impressed with those who could follow charts and work on lace shawls and keep up with everything. Alexis brought her Little Loopy, who had a project of his own. Here’s the miniature felted Booga Bag that he uses for his knitting, along with his scarf in progress. He looked very happy to be visiting St. Louis and hanging out with the knitters.

dsc02551Saturday night brought another special “Loopy” song, written by Tammy, sung by a talented crew. (This must now be an official tradition, because they did one last year, too.) Here’s the You Tube version. Tammy said she’s already working on the song for next year.

Thanks to all of you who took time away from your families and jobs to attend. We loved having you here and we’re working on our plans for next year already. More fun ahead!

(Psst – Sneak Up Snuck Up. Just in case you were afraid that the Flingers bought out the store. Not even possible…)

Sheri stillsleep-deprivedbuthopingtogotobedearlytonight


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50 comments on “Spring Fling 2009

  1. Sheri, Many thanks to you, your family, Janice and the Elves for making the weekend so special. It was beyond anything I could have imagined. I met so many amazing and talented women that I am honored to call friend. I gotta tell you that when you were taking that picture I was thinking “I can’t believe I’m sitting next to “the Claudia” and she’s holding my hand!!!!!!!” I really hope I get to do it all again next year.

  2. The shawl I’m wearing is Bee Fields – it was awesome to knit! Great pics of everyone – I had such a great time and I hope I’m lucky enough to get in a third time!

  3. I had an awesome time and I just wanted to say thank you to Sheri and the Loopy elves! I love your recap and all of the pics and hope that I will be there next year!

  4. Look at all those smiling faces, I bet everyone had sore face muscles after the weekend. Thanks for sharing the pictures. I am enjoying seeing pictures of the fun had by all popping up on blogs.

  5. It was such an incredible weekend!! I laughed so much my face still hurts and all of my shirts have chocolate stains! That’s what I call a GREAT Fling!

    Thanks to Sheri and all the Elves (and especially Janice, Knitting Daughter, and Web Guy)!!

  6. I had so much fun. Shopping, taking classes, meeting new people, and of course, knitting…it was a blast. I appreciate everything you and the Elves did to make it a wonderful weekend!

  7. It looks like you had a great weekend. I’m glad everyone had a wonderful time.
    Sheri I love your pictures and post. I’m sure you are extremely tired. How great that your kids helped out. Hope you have a nice week and catch up on some much deserved sleep. Hugs

  8. I echo everyone’s sentiments – THANK YOU Sheri and the Elves – what an amazing weekend! I was so sad to go back to Phoenix yesterday.

  9. Best. Weekend. Ever. Thank you all so much, Sheri and Elves and all of Sheri’s wonderful family. I had a BLAST, and BFF Sarah and I were so sad to come home to Chicago! Big hugs to everyone we met–I am so impressed by all of you and can’t wait to see you again, in person or in cyber space! :-)

    Can you feel the Loopy Love?

  10. Sheri – thank you again for another amazing and wonderful weekend. Thank you to the Elves and to Knitting Daughter and Web Guy for all the work that you do to make us so welcome in Loopy Central. I look forward to seeing you all again next year (and hopefully with the best friend!!)

  11. Thanks again Sheri, Janice, Cookie, Wendy, Anne, and all Flingers…. I had the BEST time!!!! I’m so bored today!!!
    Also… WEBGUY rocks!!! Thanks for putting the little opinion clicks on the messages!!! Sweet!!! And now it’s back to real life. *pout*

  12. Woot! That was a blast – thanks so much, Sheri, Janice, Loopy Elves for working so hard to make the fling TOTALLY AWESOME for us! Sheri, you have a beautiful family and it was an honor to meet you all:)

  13. I had so much fun that I didn’t want to leave! The friends that I have made at the Fling over the course of the past 2 years are some of my best knitting friends! I can’t wait until next year!

  14. Thank you to ALL who helped with another fun Spring Fling! It was so nice to see old friends and make new ones. The pictures are great and makes me miss everyone already… Hugs to all! : )

  15. Yes, a wonderful loopendous time was had by all. Thanks Sheri, Janice, Elves, Web Guy, Knitting Daughter, Wonderful Husband and my fellow Flingers for a great weekend. One of my fellow Flingers stated she had a knitting hangover this morning and that was a very good description of how I felt too. Thanks again Sheri and get some sleep tonight.

  16. Thanks Sheri for giving a first time flinger such a terrific time. I don’t know how you paired up the roommates but I had way too much in common with Lynda – even more than Loopy Love.

    Thanks to the amazing and talented teachers and especially the Loopy Elves. We learned yet again how great you are at what you do.

    Lots of loopy love to everyone and hope to see you next year!!!

  17. You did a great job selecting roommates for us singles too! The knitters were all fabulously talented, the teachers patient and fun and the work that was done to get ready for all of us was incredible! Thank you for everything!

  18. I was so sad that I was not part of it all this year. We did go to st.l this past weekend and I toted around my Loopy Bag that was in the consolation sock club kit… it was drug all over City Museum and the Arch then on up to Hannibal.

  19. I love hearing about the fun times and seeing the pictures. I’m going to stalk the blogs of those who attended. :-)
    Hopefully, I’ll be able to come sometime. What fun you all seemed to have!!

  20. That looks like it was so much fun! My local cross-stitch store did a day long event once, and it was a lot of fun (though fairly quiet when we all started paying more attention to our patterns). I can imagine how much more fun I would have with a group of very happy knitters!

  21. I am so happy that I had the opportunity to Fling again this year! It was wonderful to reconnect with friends from last year’s Fling, to meet new friends, and to hang out in person with some wonderful Ravelry friends who helped get me through the past year. (You know who you are!!!) I was also fortunate to have the best roommate; hi Shannon!! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be lucky enough to get to go again next year! Thank you *so* much, Sheri and family, Janice, and all the Loopy Elves for making this such a wonderful event! {{{Hugs!}}}

  22. You guys are SO great! I’ve been trying to explain it to the boys I work with, and they just nod and smile and mumble, “Sorry, I just don’t understand it, but if you had a good time….” :-D I’m missing all the great people I got to meet, and all the beautiful yarn and knitting that was going on around us! BFF Liz and I had a hard time packing up and heading home, but we are more than ready to pack up and come back! Just tell us when!

  23. Boy it looks like everyone had just too much fun! So sorry to have missed it, but thanks for posting the photos. I was there in spirit!

  24. Based on the pictures, looks like a good time was had by all! Thanks for sharing The though of hotel shuttle buses at tle cracks me up!

  25. Looks like you guys had a GREAT time!! Next year just can’t be Apr 22-25 and overlap Stitches South again. I want to be able to do both….or even better, go for the Trifecta….Spring Fling, Stitches South and MDSW. ;-)

    (oh, and now I know why I never ran across Allen over the weekend…..)

  26. Sheri, one of these days I will make it out to St. Louis for the Fling! After I finish school, move, get a job, etc… But I have to say, your ability to run the entire Fling AND do a Sneak Up on Monday? I think you may have achieved superhuman status :) I hope you have some time now to grab a coffee, a couple Kisses, and some knitting and take a hugely-deserved break!

  27. THANKS again to all who worked so hard to make this event run so smoothly. You guys are the best. You make us all feel special. The knitting, shopping, chatting, and all around good times were terrific. I am thrilled to have been able to attend.

    I have another special thank you to all that helped me to maneuver around in my wheelchair and spoil me. You are all so wonderful and thoughtful.

    Loopy Hugs and Kisses to you all!

  28. WOW, this sounds like such a FUN weekend. Something I have been looking for and would love to take part in. Sheri, I hope I can get in on this next year. I am NEW to the Loopy Ewe. Living in Eureka MO, just about 15 miles from your headquarters. I came to your mecca about 6 weeks ago and bought a few yarns for socks. Even asked the girl that checked me out if you needed help. I would LOVE to work there. Will keep my eyes on the Loopy Ewe site for all the HOT news.
    Nancy

  29. I had fun and after one day at work I am ready to go back! It was wonderful to see everyone again. Allen and I shared a cab to the airport VERY early on Sunday morning.

  30. Sure looks like something I am going to have to attend one of these days..

    Thanks Sheri for sharing all the excitement!

  31. Thank you for such a wonderful event! Could you tell I was happy to be there? :) See you next year, (I hope). It was a pleasure to meet you and your family, as well as the elves.

  32. Many thanks to you, Janice, the Loopy Elves, Knitting Daughter, Web Guy, and our fabulous teachers for making the Spring Fling so much fun! I had a blst and Ihope I can attend next year too. It was just the thing I needed to de-stress. I enjoyed meeting all the Groupies too! I saw so many incredible finished projects and left so inspired to start designing socks. I miss you all already.

  33. Sheri,
    I loved seeing the photos of 09 Fling. It was so great seeing photos of all the folks I met in 08!
    I do so hope I can come next year. I reallly thought about each evening and what was going on this year.
    Knitters, spiinners, crocheters, and all fiber folks RULE. I love you all and I hope to see some of you next year.
    Marsha
    ivyrose on ravelry

  34. Sheri, it looks like you all had a wonderful time! Lots and lots of friends and fiber. Heaven on earth. I do imagine the shuttle drivers had never seen anything quite like the knitters traveling to and from Loopy Central. That truly must have been a sight!!!

  35. Oh what fun! Too much fun, judging by the photos, but you girls deserve it! I WILL make it over there one of these years, I promise! Meanwhile, Sheri and Elves, get some rest….