Before I start a new contest, I wanted to announce the winners from the April Blog Contest (where I asked you about the weirdest thing you have ever cooked with or eaten.) Some of you have eaten some rather disgusting interesting things. YUCK. Wow! I used the random generator to pick 3 winners, and will be sending skeins of Femme Fatale (the color that Claudia dyed up for the Spring Fling) to Betty in Calgary, Marji in NY, and Catrina in NC. Congratulations to all three of you! I have a few extra skeins of this colorway, so you’ll have another chance to win it in our May blog contest as well.
Speaking of the Fling, when people first arrive and check in, we give them each a Goodie Bag, filled with fun things. Since I’m such a bag and mug kind of person, I have fun picking these out especially for the Fling each year. And then filling them! Here is a photo of this year’s bag and contents. (I was a little into Apple Green this spring – can you tell? It’s such a happy color. I got our new travel mugs in that color as well.) I liked this bag so much that I may order them to sell here (only it won’t say Spring Fling). I liked the mugs a lot, too, but since we have a hard time shipping mugs because of breakage, I probably won’t have those for sale online. But I do have some filled Goodie Bags to give away, and I thought a blog contest would be the way to go. Included: the cute bag (it has an over-the-shoulder strap, pockets under the flap, and water bottle holder), 1 skein of Wollmeise’s Femme Fatale, the Loopy mug, two patterns, a Little Loopy, a post-it holder, a Spring Fling stitchmarker, and a mini skein of Baby Boom. Retail value is $65. We’ll use the random generator to pick the winners from the comments section and I’ll pick a winner for every 200 or so entries. My question for you to answer in the comments is: Who is your favorite knitwear designer? (It’s ok to say “I don’t have one”. I want everyone to be eligible to get in on this contest. But if you do have one, tell us!)
Have you joined our groups on Facebook and Twitter? We just finished up one of our 24 Quick Quizzes over there. I think I need to start doing those on our Ravelry group every once in awhile, too. We love connecting with you in other places, if you have time for those things in your life. (They can take time away from knitting, though. Ask me how I know….)
I‘m heading off to MDSW this weekend and hope to see some of you there! I never did come up with a good meeting place or time for Loopy Groupies. Instead, I’m just going to carry this big red bag, because it’s the ideal lightweight shopping bag, and I do intend to fill it up with purchases. If you see me walking by, grab me and say hi! I’ll be back to blogging on Monday with pictures of SHEEP. I love all of those sheep.
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.
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!
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.)
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!!)
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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!
We’re having a busy week, getting ready for 130 Spring Flingers to descend upon St. Louis and The Loopy Ewe! In the midst of all that, I wanted to share my favorite colors of the week in a few photos:
The azalea bush in front of my house is blooming in all of it’s glory.
I’m still fondly remembering my coffee at my favorite coffee shop (Payne’s in Gas City, IN) where I spent a few hours with my favorite daughter last weekend.
And the front entry and front wall at Loopy Central have been splashed with a beautiful robin’s egg blue (thanks, Dad!) and it makes me smile every time I walk in. It used to be green like this, which I also liked. But I like this blue better. (And it’s a bit more aqua, not baby blue like it looks like in the photo. You ought to come see it in person.)
I’ll be back to blogging on Monday, to tell you all about the weekend. Right now – there are just a few more things to get done around here before we Fling….
Bad News: I didn’t do any knitting this weekend. I drove up to Indiana for a wedding and had great hopes of knitting at one point or another and it just didn’t happen. I took three different projects with me. I suffer from the “what if I run out of knitting while I’m there?” syndrome. Obviously it wasn’t a problem this time.
Good News: It was a nice wedding and I got to see Knitting Daughter and Web Guy. In fact, I got to bring Web Guy home for a week!
Bad News: Loopy Photographer Sharon told me last week that I need a yarn intervention. That was after she walked into the photo room and saw the shelves and shelves of yarn that were new for this week.
Good News: Of course that’s good news for you! We have Spud & Chloe (Fine, Sweater and patterns), Blue Sky Alpacas (Worsted, Alpaca Silk, Skinny, Royal and patterns), Dream in Color Classy re-stocks, Dream in Color Starry re-stocks plus the new semi-solids, 3 AM Enchantments Petite KIP’s, regular KIP’s, and Deluxe Notion Bags, The Dyeing Arts Roving, Namaste re-stocks, and the amazing Sajou Scissor line.
Bad News: I may have taken a Petite KIP, a Deluxe Notions bag, a Starry Blue Sage, and way too many colors and skeins of Blue Sky and Spud & Chloe for my own self.
Good News: My love for alpaca and alpaca blends remains strong. I love it more than cashmere. Why haven’t I added in these lines before? They are amazing.
Bad News: That just “ups” the amount of stash I have and the number or projects that I want to knit.
Good News: A healthy stash + a long list of projects = just what I like.