The Fling has Flung!

-1Wow – what a fun weekend we had with all of the Spring Flingers! The best part for me was getting to meet so many of the people that we have come to know and love over the past 18 months at The Loopy Ewe. What a fun group of women. Here is our group shot (missing a few people who were …. ahem …. busy rolling in the yarn that they had just purchased on their Loopy Central Trip….) By the time they arrived here for the weekend, they had all become great friends through the Ravelry Loopy Spring Fling group and it was like a reunion of sorts. We had fun knitting, taking classes with Wendy and Cookie A, eating great food, making Starbucks and Coldstone runs, and having everyone over to Loopy Central. They have already informed me that they want a spot at next year’s Fling. 🙂 Of course there are soooo many others of you that we want to come, too! So we’re working on how we’re going to make that all happen. We’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, here’s a photo-summary of some of the highlights!

We started on Thursday afternoon with registrations and goody bag handouts. (I’ll photo the goody bag for Wednesday’s blog. Remember, I’m giving one away to the randomly selected winner of the April Blog contest. Did you do your 3 random acts of kindness this month? I’ll have you post them on Wednesday’s blog for a chance to win.) We had knitters knitting all over the hotel lobby, confounding the other hotel guests as they wandered by and wondered about all of the people laughing and talking with sticks in their hands.

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Then Leslie arrived with cupcakes from an amazing cupcake place here in St. Louis and pandemonium broke out. Don’t mess with knitters trying to get at their cupcakes.

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That night, we started with a Dessert Reception and there were many wonderful choices to select from. (Because, you know, the cupcakes didn’t fully meet our “dessert quota” for the day. And besides, that was hours ago.) Here you see Claudia talking with Adrienne. Claudia doesn’t like to be in pictures (that was her in the group photo behind the Spring Fling sign) but she’s ok with people taking her backside.

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We had a large room with comfy chairs, tables and room to spread out and knit. One of the things I loved was that most people moved from table to table at different times of the day, so that everyone got to know everyone else.

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Capi brought Crocs for Claudia. I think Claudia has worn them every day since then, and we’re off to shop for more today. (I asked her if she’d rather do some sightseeing or some shopping and she quickly voted for shopping!) Remember Capi’s Limelight Interview where we had a photo of her Croc collection?
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There were classes going on all day Friday and Saturday, as well as scheduled trips to Loopy Central. I went on the trips to Loopy with the shuttle bus and it was so fun having everyone here in person! The last group in on Saturday afternoon was so worried that there would be nothing left for them to shop from and they soon discovered that the shop stays well-stocked, even after lots of dedicated Loopy Groupies have been there in person. 🙂

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After they finished shopping, people sat on the red couches or in our entryway, knitting while everyone else checked out. One thing about knitters, you can always count on them to entertain themselves with their knitting if there is ever wait-time.

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Everyone had a great time shopping and went back to the hotel with full bags at the end of their trip. They all wanted to know which group spent the most money at Loopy – are they competitive, or what? I’m not telling!

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Even though we have switched to Loopy Peppermints for orders now that the weather is warm again, we still keep a full bowl of chocolate kisses at the shop. (In fact, Little Loopy likes to swim in them.) I thought you might also like to see Claudia’s socks. She likes to wear mis-matched pairs. With this pair, she carried over a little color from one to the other. We loved her socks!

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On Saturday’s Loopy Central visits, we had these cute cupcakes for the shoppers! Susan-the-awesome-assistant’s sister and niece made these for us.

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One evening, a few of us went to the Japanese Steak House for dinner and were entertained by the waiters/chefs who prepare your meal at your table. Here you see (left to right) Kelli who was here all the way from New Zealand, Cookie A from CA, Capi from AZ, Wendy from VA and Sharon from CA. (Claudia and Janice are hiding….)

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Because knitters are all alike, we wondered what size needle the chopsticks might be, so Wendy got out a needle gauge to check it out. There was a gal at the next table who noticed this odd behaviour, and said, “Hey are you knitters? I am too!”

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Back at the Knitting Lounge, there was lots of fun going on. Adrienne shared spinning with several people. Here she’s giving a demo to Kelli. Stacy, of Tempted Yarns, also brought her wheel and inspired us with her spinning.(I didn’t take nearly enough photos this weekend. I missed several opportunities. Next year I must do better.)

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Leslie got a group of knitters together before the Fling and 16 of them made squares for an afghan for Claudia. It turned out beautifully and Claudia was so touched. I have offered to ship it to her, but she won’t give it up. I’m not sure she trusts me not to keep it …..

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Another group, led by Tammy’s beautiful voice, wrote a song and sang it the last night we were there. Guess what? You can hear it on Flickr right here. It was so funny!

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All too soon our long week-end was over and we had to say our good-byes. (Kelli and Claudia were roomies, so you get another backside photo of Claudia in her very cute Wicked Sweater made from her own Peppermint Prince colorway.) We left with fuller suitcases, more projects on our “must knit” list, more yarn for our stashes, less sleep, more food, and more friends than when we arrived. And we all want to do it again. Next year, y’all have to join us. (Allen – it ought to be “all y’all”, right? I had some southern-speaking lessons from Allen of Numma Numma this weekend.)

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Special thanks go out to Janice, my dear friend from Iowa who held down the fort at the hotel while I was back and forth to Loopy, to Cookie A and Wendy for classes that everyone raved about, to Claudia for making her first trip to the US, to Web Guy for driving down from college to help out and meet everyone, to Wonder Husband who made a gigantic sock blocker for everyone to sign (I’ll show you on Wednesday), to Knitting Daughter who helped here at Loopy Central, to the Elves who put in a lot of overtime last week and over the weekend, to my mom for making brownies for us, and to all of the rest of you for such a fun weekend. We miss you already!

(And Claudia wanted to add a few sentences – see below.)

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From Claudia: Hi Ladies it was a pleasure and great honour to meet you all. Next year, same place, same fun, wouldn’t that be cool? Thanks for all and I didn’t expect to get such a warm welcome. Love you all, American knitters, American beef and your comfy beds (not your swimming pool toilets with too much water, it scares me)

Claudia

75 comments

  1. Looks like a ton of fun. Hope I can join next year…I was bummed all weekend that I had to change my mind about attending. But, it was for a good reason. Get a little knitting rest today!

  2. You guys must have had a blast! Maybe next year…
    Did you notice that for a group of die hard sock knitters there sure are a lot of people who had no socks on???

  3. I am so going to be there next year!!! I even have a friend moving to St. Louis so I’ll have the extra excuse to give DH!

    Glad you all had a great time.

  4. I can truly say I miss everyone already! As I’ve found myself saying repeatedly since I’ve returned, I will carry these precious memories in my heart for a lifetime! Everyone was super friendly and I just can’t remember the last time I had this much fun! Thanks for everything you did to make this a special weekend! : )

  5. Wow, what an amazing weekend for ‘all y’all,’ I am drooling all over my keyboard and am in serious danger of shorting it out. Count me in next year I hope?

  6. Exactly right, Sheri! The perfect use of “all ya’ll”. I’m going to have to speaking southern before you know it.

    Thank you for all of your hard work. Best. Knitting. Weekend. Ever.

    Claudia, if you are reading this, you are absolutely delightful, and I miss you already my friend.

  7. Sheri, your photos are super; you really captured the spirit and the highlights of the weekend. Thank you so much for all your hard work planning and making sure everyone had fun. Another plus was coming home to the e-mail telling me of my Loopy Ewe credit – being there in person certainly made it easy to spend money!

  8. It sounds like everyone had a wonderful time. It also sounds like you could use a rest, Sheri, I swear, next time I’m trying for a spot at the Fling. I knew I was gonna regret not trying for the chance to go.

  9. Oh what fun we had!!!! Thank you, Sheri, Janice, Elves, KD,. WG, WH and anyone else who helped. I miss all y’all already too. I have to second Allen’s comment above–Best. Knitting. Weekend. Ever. Now I’ve gotta find a tissue because I have separation anxiety.

    (if we made a composite using all the pix of various parts of Claudia, would we have a whole one?)

    All y’all need to come next time.

  10. I had such a fantastic time. Thank you SO MUCH for letting us come invade your life. It was so great to meet everyone and relax and knit. And of course, going to Loopy Ewe was the highlight of the weekend. Did you expect us to spend so much money? WE just couldn’t control ourselves!

  11. Thanks, Sheri, for the photos. From what I have read, everyone had an incredible time. I’m not surprised–I knew you’d do a bang-up job!

    I so hope I can go next year!

  12. An incredible weekend was had by all. Sheri and everyone who helped you out – you did a fantastic job! I know it takes a lot of work to pull off such a great event. So thank you!

  13. Sounds like sooo much fun. I hope I will be able to make it next year.
    Thanks for all the photos. I have been scouring the internet, waiting for the pictures to start popping up, so I could live vicariously throught the Flingers.

  14. It looks and sounds like everyone had a great time!! Sheri, are you ready to do these twice a year or quarterly to meet demand?!

  15. Well, it certainly sounds like you guys had a really good time. I am very jealous
    that I couldn’t participate. As usual I couldn’t get your pictures on my computer.
    I think that the problem is on your end, because I went to Janice’s website and the
    pictures came up. It is apparent that everyone is really enjoying theirselves. I’m glad it was such
    a huge success. What there any doubt?

  16. What a wonderful weekend! I feel like I got to know Claudia a bit better too (backside and all!). Next year I hope to join you!

  17. An absolute blast Sheri! Thanks for all your hard work. Claudia was a hoot and though I am an American the toilet flushing was scary….almost as scary as the pint sized beauty pageant!

    I miss all y’all too.

  18. Sheri–Elves–Janet–It was wonderful experience. Thank you for all the toil–I was moved beyond words by your generousity and amazing ability to put this all together with such grace. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  19. I am so jealous I was unable to make this wonderful event. It sounds like it was fabulous! Hopefully you will have more openings next year!!! I am so happy it was such a huge success.

  20. I have a huge case of Fling envy. I definately want to attend the next fling. Do we have to wait until next Spring? I am loving reading about everyones experiences though. The pagent comments are a hoot.

  21. Thank you to Sheri, Janice and all of the Elves. I had such a wonderful time and am so looking forward to next year (hopefully not at the same time as creepy little pagent girls). I can honestly say it was so much more than I ever expected!

  22. Sign me up for next year, too. I only held off this year because I was hesitant to leave the kiddos with DH all weekend… next year they’ll be 5 & 3. Totally old enough to go camping or something fun with dad!

    I love the singing – too cute!

  23. I’m so there next year. If I’ve got to cancel a show or beg, borrow to get there I’m there. You had way to much for me not to be there. 🙂

    Creative

  24. Hi Sheri,

    Thank you for a wonderful knitting weekend. You did a great job. Now, you really deserve to MAKE some breaks in your week to get some knitting done on your scarf, to sleep and to just rest. Man, you must be so tired!

    I am thrilled that I met you and Janice and Claudia and all the rest, everyone was wonderful!

    Plus, it is so fun to have a real picture of where all my yarn lived before it came to my house:) Loopy Central is just TOP NOTCH. If only all shopping experiences were so delightful.

    Claudia, try not to be so “nervous” when you fly home on Tuesday. Give the customs people a break:)

  25. The Fling was an obvious success as I look at the pictures and hear the wonderful serenade…How createive!….Everyone looks like they had an amazing time and really benefited from all your hard work and the work of your family and staff!!!

    Thanks for being a great example of a hallmark company that truly cares for its customers and everyone that comes in contact with it!

  26. I love Claudia’s comment about (North) American toilets, because when we lived in Germany, I thought it was so strange how little water was in the bowl…just depends on what you’re used to, I guess.

    It sounds like a great weekend!

  27. I have to ask.

    Swimming pool toilets?!?

    (love the pictures.)

    I waved when I came to pick Laura up at the hotel – if you saw a crazy person waving, that was me. If you didn’t, pretend you did. 🙂

  28. Many thanks for putting together this wonderful, fun and unforgettable event, Sheri. It was so great to get to know you and everyone in person. Hope you and Claudia are enjoying your shopping. Up in Toronto it’s back to everyday life as usual, but with a twist. My daughters have put the two new additions to our family, two little Loopies (well it turns out one Little Loopy and one Little Louise) to work learning French and Latin vocabulary, and who would have guessed, they already know lots of both languages, and they’re so good at stretching up their long arms to let us know that they have the answer!

  29. I am sooooo jealous!! as it turns out, I could have gone. I wish I’d known when there were chances to sign up. Maybe next year??? Heck I’d be thrilled to go to Loopy Central but in seems like Sherri usually is traveling to Iowa when we are traveling to St. Louis.

  30. Hi Sheri! I am just back at work this afternoon, after a long trip home (Cheryl, “knittingknut” and I shared the plane back to NH last night then I stayed over in another hotel – not nearly as much fun – and drove home today). What a grand time! I miss you and everyone else already! And I have callouses on my fingers from all that knitting!

    Thank you so much for all your hard work which made the weekend flow so seamlessly! You are all So Nice and Friendly, it was truly a pleasure to spend time together. And I learned so much from everyone~!

    I hope you can come to Maine sometime so I can show you some New England hospitality!

  31. I cannot say enough good things about the Fling. I have already started my Fling Club for the next Fling, whenever it is. So many new friends in so little time. Thanks Sheri, for such an unforgettable experience. If you are ever in Ohio, give me a call.

  32. I am so jealous.. Glad you guys had alot of fun!
    Barbara, I have the same problem with not being able to see any of Sheri’s pics on the blog starting from when the new server came online at the beg of Feb (I believe). I usually just look at them on another computer if I can get to one easily 🙂 I’m not sure what the problem is as I can see them on other comps and have no problems seeing the TLE product pics from my comp. I have tried clearing my cache, running cleaning programs etc and no dice. Oh well, I am usually at my moms on the weekends so can look at them on her comp 🙂
    So Sheri, when is the next Loopy Fling gonna be???Hmmmm, enquiring minds would like to know!

  33. What a fun, Fun, FUN time with all the Flingers. Sheri, you and lovely family and Janet and elves extended family really outdid yourselves as my mama would say. I just loved looking around and seeing so many wonderful women knitting and visiting and all with HUGE grins on their faces. The food was fabulous as was the hotel, with the exception of the slow elevators.

    Love to you all-hope we will all keep in touch, and thanks to Jackie for making a contact list, and LaLa stay away from trampolines.

  34. Thanks for the great write-up and all the pictures Sheri! Next best thing to being there. Maybe next year you should just hire/designate someone as the official Fling Fotographer and then you don’t have to worry about taking enough pictures. 🙂

  35. Sheri,Thanks for such a wonderful weekend-it is a memory I will always treasure. Thanks Janice, elves for all the hard work so we could play! And to all my fellow flingers-it was wonderful to meet you in person-(altho it seemed like I’ve known you for years)

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