April 27, 2009
We 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 Claudia’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.)
On 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.)
On 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. You 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.)
More cute shawls! Leslie is wearing another Anne-design (I think Wing-O-the-Moth – right, Leslie?, out of Wollmeise) and 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.
In 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. Sheraton 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!
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 spinning/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.
Saturday 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…)