Spring Fling Recap & Update

Whew – what a weekend! I wandered in at noon today (I might’ve slept in just a wee bit this morning) and it seems a little quiet here after having 125 of you shopping with us all weekend. We miss you all! Here is a re-cap, with Monday Update information at the bottom.

For the Fling weekend, everyone flies/drives in and check-in starts Thursday afternoon. Our first scheduled event is on Thursday evening, with a Dessert Reception and knitting time. We certainly don’t lack for good food and snacks all weekend long.

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Since the instructors are teaching classes during the Loopy Shopping Trips on Friday and Saturday, I always run them over to Loopy Central on Thursday evening for a private shopping hour. We loved having Gryphon Perkins (The Sanguine Gryphon), Wendy Johnson (Wendyknits), Anne Hanson (Knitspot) and Jared Flood (Brooklyn Tweed) teaching classes this year. From all reports, they did an awesome job and people went away with full brains! :-)

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Friday and Saturday are full of classes and shopping (and food – did I mention the food?). You can find knitters knitting all over the place. On Friday night, WH (that would be Wonder Husband) did a half hour presentation on how to improve your photos for blogging and Ravelry (or whatever else you use photos for). It was a popular topic, judging by the packed audience! (And I missed taking photos of the full knitting lounges this year. We had two different ones and that ended up working out great.)

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Here is one of our bus drivers in a hall-of-shame pose. The paper behind him says “No Sheri left behind.” ¬†Friday afternoon’s two bus drivers decided to take off to Loopy almost 15 minutes early in the afternoon, with two buses full of knitters, who took me at my word when I said “be there by 1:10 so we don’t leave you behind!”. I walked into the lobby at 1:05 (for the 1:15 trip) and it was eerily empty. I knew this could not be good. Yes – they had left without me. FPS. (FPS!!)

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The Elves always love having everyone come to Loopy Central to shop. This year they even found aprons to wear, so that people could find them quickly when they had questions. (Here you see Anna, Karen and Susan.)

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This is why I leave each Spring Fling with a whole new list of things that I want to make. People walk around all weekend with the most beautiful handknit shawls and sweaters around their shoulders! This is one of the most inspiring things all weekend, for me.

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On Saturday night we gave away a bunch of doorprizes, did some special “sneak peek” announcements, and then enjoyed homemade cakeballs. Janice’s daughter K made 300+ cakeballs and then she and Knitting Daughter dipped them on Saturday afternoon. I think Web Guy even drizzled the tops of a few of them. Photos of the cakeballs? They are gone. Gone gone gone. They were so good.

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I think we have maxed out the stair-step approach to taking the group photo. I missed people on both ends, when taking the “full group” view! ¬†What a lovely group of knitters. For me, it’s SO fun to put names with faces during these weekend events.

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All in all it was just a wonderful weekend with some of the nicest knitters on the planet. We are so glad that you all made the time to come, and we’re already planning for next year. (Signups in early December!)

Check in on Wednesday’s post, as I’m going to announce the winner’s from last week’s monthly blog contest, as well as putting up a bonus contest for a chance to win a Spring Fling Goody Bag!

Now – back to the Monday Update - tonight we had The Sanguine Gryphon Eidos go up, as well as ArtYarns Cashmere Sock yarn (holy cow is that yarn ever amazing), Wants and Kneeds DPN holders, a cute new set of Loopy stitchmarkers and the red polypropylene Loopy shopping bags that we use here at Loopy Central, because several of you have asked us to sell them. (Perfect for fiber festivals, because they hold a LOT and they’re really lightweight. Also great for the beach or your favorite Farmer’s Market.) Enjoy it all!

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44 comments on “Spring Fling Recap & Update

  1. Loved the pictures!! Thanks for letting us click on them to make them bigger… love to see all the details!
    Looks like everyone had a great time…
    I couldn’t go…. but I decided to consoled myself with an order
    from TLE tonight….

  2. I also consoled myself for not Flinging by purchasing a large Sanguine Gryphon order tonight!

    Check Facebook for our notes from the “Virtual Spring Fling”!

  3. I — WE — had a wonderful time! Superb teachers, nice setting, and the awesome Loopy Ewe trip! Though I admit that it was slightly disconcerting having more than one Elf say: “Oh, you’re THAT Cathy!” ;-)

    What great pictures, I’m Spring Fling nostalgic already…. and the cakeballs *were* amazing. Nom.

  4. Sheri, thank you SO MUCH for hosting such a wonderful event. I had a grand time, and was so very happy to go to my LYS in person. :-)

  5. How about a beginner/intermediate Summer Sock Summit to reallygetaddictedtonewyarns party? For those of us who haven’t done socks yet.
    No big names in design needed, just helpful elves :)
    I did get some of Sanguine Gryphon, just to see what it’s all about.

  6. I think getting my knitting “mojo” recharged is the thing I missed second most about Fling. I missed my friends the most but I love retreats because they get me charged up. We had 10 Fling alumni who participated in a virtual Fling on FB. It was fun but not like being there–hopefully next year. Glad everyone had a good time and all got home safely.

  7. Sure looks like you all had a lot of fun—hope I get to come some time!! :)

    They left you behind…….they LEFT you behind!!! They left YOU behind……WOW! :)

  8. It was a great good time, Sheri! You and the Elves did a wonderful job preparing for it, and everything was fantastic! (Did I mention that Elf Susan’s hair looks REALLY cute?) The teachers were great, and the company was phenomenal! :-D

  9. Sheri – thank you so much for another AMAZING Spring Fling. I have so loved coming to St. Louis every year and can’t wait to do it again. It ruly is the best time and with the bestest of friends!!!!!

  10. Having been at the inaugural SF I understand the utter glee emanating from the faces in the group photos….what a wonderful event year after year..thank you ,Sheri, for your continued hospitality ……

  11. My first Fling and wow, was I inspired, not only by my teachers (Wendy and Gryphon), but by those who attended. What talent!!! I have been telling everyone at work today who asked me about my weekend: Art is not just for walls, people were wearing art! The food was great (especially the desserts), the hotel room was worth every penny, and the Loopy Trip — WOW! Unfortunately due to the weather and the fact I was driving, I had to leave a little early, but if I am lucky enough to get in next year, I will fly and not worry about such stuff. Knitting rocks, and Sheri, thanks for planning such a great weekend for all of us !!! I thought I had enough in my stash, but, oops, I just added a LOT more ……

  12. Sheri, thank you again for such a wonderful weekend! My first fling and it was absolutely great. A great shopping experience at TLE. I had to pinch myself- I really wasn’t dreaming!! The food, knitting lounges, people, teachers everything was just the best. I can’t wait for the next fling!

  13. Sherri, Elves, Teachers, WH, Web Guy and Cake Ball Bakers,
    I had a wonderful time. Meeting new people from places I haven’t been, seeing patterns knitted up on real people, luxuriating in a room with eight fluffy pillows and a wonderful soft bed, having snacks I didn’t have to make, learning new techniques from teachers and fellow knitters, and experiencing the excitement of myself and others at the shopping session. I particularly enjoyed the photography tip session and thought it very kind of the teacher to offer to stand in front of 125 women and present his topic. It seemed from my end to all go very smoothly.
    Did everyone get a chance to feel the Alpaca Royal yarns? Oh my goodness, this is yarn at it’s best! As a spinner, you just can’t get a softer, more lux fiber than alpaca royal, it has to be a certain Bradford count to qualify for that title. It is expensive, but worth every buttery soft inch. I liked the cameo color.

  14. Ohh,
    One more thing. I know the cakeballs came from a far away bakery that doesn’t deliver, but she has addicted me! Do you think she would either give the general description of how to make these evil/delicious goodies or pay for our therapy? I wouldn’t want her to give away a trade secret or anything. :)

  15. I agree with the others. I had a great time, fun and inspirational I ate too much, laughed a lot and came away with some great ideas and beautiful yarn (a lot of beautiful yarn).
    Thank you, Sheri, for the opportunity to meet so many great people and to finally experience the excitement of Loopy Central.
    Can I come back next year? Please.

  16. Sheri – great weekend! With great teachers, and that much knitting and yarn (and food), when does next year’s sign up start?

    I know how hard it is to photograph a group like that – but for a chuckle, enlarge the group pics on your PC (click on them) – we look like a bunch of cats, with all the red-eye spots!

  17. I loved seeing all of you at the Fling. The photos reminded me of the fun I had meeting all those wonderful knitters at the first Fling. Thanks for the fun photos and the shop looks great, too. Get a little rest before diving into planning for next year.

    Cakeballs!!! What a concept….would love.to try one!

  18. WOW! Thanks for sharing the pictures, really made me wish I was there! Maybe next year I will be one of the lucky ones chosen to go. One thing for sure I’m going to sign up and will wait with great anticipation.
    One thing though- HOW COULD THEY DARE leave YOU behind!!!!!
    Can’t wait to see all the new things you have planned.

  19. My SIL introduced me to TLE last Nov, so I had no clue what Spring Fling was all about. Now I understand (thanks to your pictures) and wish that I had been able to come. I am currently knitting my 2nd Anne Hanson shawl and my first Jared Flood sweater. I am loving knitting both of them. I have learned so much in the last 6 months being on ravelry and shopping at TLE. You are now my favorite yarn shop and you have the best pictures of available yarn.

  20. Thank you, Sheri, for another WONDERFUL fling! I had such a great time and truly appreicate all you do to make this such a fun event! :)

  21. Glad everyone was safe! I heard the tornado hit close to TLE and hoped everyone was ok. So happy everyone had a good time in St. Louis!

  22. I’ve made cakeballs. They are a lot of fun, and fairly easy (for what it is worth) to scale up. Though I probably still wouldn’t have wanted to make 300 or more of them!

  23. Sounds like this year’s Spring Fling was fabulous. I had a great time last year and missed not going this year, but My DH and I enjoyed New Orleans for our 6th Anniversary.

    I hope to be able to make it in 2011, we’ll see.

  24. Sheri, thank you so much!! It was fabulous. And a huge thank you to all my lovely students, who were so much fun, and such good sports about being tortured. I met so many delightful knitters.

  25. I liked the picture of the three ladies wearing their shawls. They did a nice job. I think the one on the far right was “Shipwreck” (?). Very pretty.

  26. Thanks for sharing the pictures! I had no idea what Spring Fling was until Alcarial finally referred to it as a TLE’s event…now I would like to find out how I can come next year? Thanks again!

  27. OMG you caught me! I’m in the top photo you are showing with the black sweater LOL.

    I had such a blast I am still praying every day for next year ;-)

    Hugs!!!!