Today you’re getting a special Saturday blog post, because we have Spring Fling 2013 signups ready for you! Can you come for it?? This will be our first Colorado Spring Fling, and we have a great time planned for all.
All the details:
Dates: Thu, April 18th – Sun, April 21st,
We’ll start checking people in at the hotel at 3 pm that Thursday . Thursday night we’ll enjoy a Dessert Reception, then two days of classes, Loopy shopping, and Knitting Lounge relaxation, ending with a brunch on Sunday morning. For travel purposes, plan to arrive anytime after 1 pm on Thursday, and plan to fly out any time on Sunday, late morning or early afternoon.
Hotel: Embassy Suites Hotel, Spa and Conference Center in Loveland, CO — this beautiful hotel is located between Loveland and Fort Collins, a 50 minute trip from the Denver Airport. Amenities include a 24 hour fitness center, indoor swimming pool and on-site restaurant. A full service spa – The Spa Botanica – is available for massages, facials, body wraps and treatments, and other therapies. (Cost not included in your Retreat cost.) Free shuttle service to Loveland’s popular shopping and dining area, Centerra.
Cost: $525 for a double room, $695 for a single room — this includes hotel stay for Thurs/Fri/Sat nights, the Thursday evening reception, breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday, Brunch on Sunday, 1 class (others available for an additional fee), Goodie Bag, trip to The Loopy Ewe, and 8 am – midnight access to the Loopy Knitting Lounge on Friday and Saturday.
If you are flying in, you can rent a car to get to the hotel (perhaps with a few fellow Flingers?), or there is a shuttle service that you can book at a discounted rate. It will be approximately $48 round trip for the shuttle service.
Please note that we are unable to offer day-passes or options to attend without the hotel stay. Our prices at the hotel are figured on the number of guest rooms that we use for the weekend, and we max out our class and lounge space with Fling attendees.
You’ll be able to choose classes and room-mates in February. We’ll send you an email when it’s time to sign up for those.
We’re thrilled about our class instructors for the weekend:
Ann Budd (website) — Ann is a book editor and former senior editor of Interweave Knits magazine. She is the author of Best of Interweave Knits, Getting Started Knitting Socks, The Knitter’s Handy Book series, Simple Style, Color Style, Lace Style, Sock Knitting Master Class, Interweave Presents Knitted Gifts, and many more. Ann lives in Colorado and this will be her first year as one of our Fling teachers.
Susan B Anderson (website) — Susan is the author of Itty Bitty Hats, Itty Bitty Toys, Itty Bitty Nursery, and Spud and Chloe on the Farm. She has a series of knitting tutorials on YouTube and has a very popular blog. Susan lives in Wisconsin and this will be her first year as one our of Fling teachers.
JC Briar (website) — JC is the designer of many scarf, shawl and sweater patterns, as well as the author of the must-have book, Charts Made Simple. She calls herself a “technique junkie”, as she collects knitting techniques and skills like other people collect patterns and yarn. This will be her second time as one of our Fling teachers. We heard so many amazing things about her previous Fling classes, that of course we had to have her back! She will be visiting us from her home in Oregon.
Wendy Johnson (website) — Wendy is the author of Toe-Up Socks for Every Body, Wendy Knits Lace, Socks from the Toe-Up, and Wendy Knits: My Never-Ending Adventures in Yarn, as well as her popular blog. This will be Wendy’s fourth time as one of our Fling teachers. She will be visiting us from her home in Virginia.
Ready to Sign Up?
Signups are open today thru December 11th. As much as we would love to have everyone, in past years we’ve had more people sign up than we’re able to host, so we use a lottery to keep things fair. The day after signups close we will send you an email letting you know if you got a spot for this year’s Spring Fling. Please note that if you are coming, a non-refundable $100 deposit will be due by January 31, with the balance of your fee due by March 15, 2013.
*** An important note. Before you sign up for the retreat, make sure that you check airline prices, vacation from work, childcare, and any other details you need to clear in order to be able to come. Once you sign up, you go into the lottery and if you get a spot, then we want to know that you will use it. The signups are up for a week, so you have plenty of time to check into things before you sign up.
So are you ready? Here’s the link for sign-ups. We hope to see you here in April!
This is wonderful! My family and I leave on Monday for a cruise to Mexico! The timing couldn’t have been better for me. Thank you so much! I am looking forward to the Colorado Loopy!
Oh my goodness I am so excited. I hope I get a spot this time. I had such a blast last time. Thank you for hosting such a wonderful event Sheri.
I’m signed up, but I have a question that I couldn’t find an answer to on the hotel’s website. They say they have wifi available, but they don’t say if it is free or if we have to pay for it. Do you know?
Wish there was a locals option, have fun 🙂
i wish i could. even though i could probably swing the vacation time, and maybe even the cost of the trip itself, i can’t swing the retreat on top of that. have fun, gang
We do have some fun classes and other things set up for all of you locals this spring. But of course you all know that you are welcome to sign up for the retreat weekend at the hotel, too. We’d love to have you there!
All signed up!! Crossing my fingers and my needles!
I wish I could go. I live within driving distance and cannot afford the hotel stay!!
SO disappointed! 🙁
What is the best place to fly into? Denver? Is that where the shuttle goes to?
Carrie – yes, Denver.
Is there a price option for those of us who live in the area (or know people who live in the area) and won’t need housing?
This looks amazing! Crossing my fingers — mama needs a getaway! 🙂
I had so much fun at the very first Spring Fling. I remember that I was so excited that I had gotten picked, I started crying! I met so many wonderful knitters and spinners, some of whom have gone on to do podcasts and teaching, etc. I hope I get picked, but even if I don’t, I know that all who do will have a fabulous fiber-y time.
I am just so excited. This is just the best time ever. I have been fortunate to have enjoyed Spring Fling in the past. Sheri thank you so much for continuing Spring Fling in Colorado!
Christy, I don’t think there is, based on this from the blog post: “Please note that we are unable to offer day-passes or options to attend without the hotel stay. Our prices at the hotel are figured on the number of guest rooms that we use for the weekend, and we max out our class and lounge space with Fling attendees.”
Even so, I figure I’m lucky to live nearby. I’m able to visit the shop often, take classes throughout the year, and join in on Thursday Knit Nights. I think it’s uber cool that non-locals get this chance to come spend a long weekend bathing in the TLE goodness, too. Ok, yeah, that’s the high road I try to take in my head anyway when I realize I can’t justify the cost of spending the weekend in a hotel that’s just ten miles from my house – hee hee!
Well heck, now that you are here in Colorado I can’t say no to signing up. Now let’s see if I get a spot…
Count me as another that cannot swing hotel since its only 15 min from home. Awesome for those that can go!
Whomever asked about wifi-this is one of a few embassy suites that offers free wifi with the room.
Sheri: If I wanted to enter the lottery with one or two of my knitting buddies and we want to go either all or none (i.e., either we all get picked or none will go), is there some way to indicate/arrange that?
Bummer. I was really hoping to go, but when you’re able to stay for free w/family within driving distance, paying for a hotel room is just money down the drain 🙁
I’ll keep my fingers crossed for next year (with the hopes that there will be a non-hotel room option)!
Well, I’m bummed! I live I Windsor, CO, and go to Loopy often. But can’t justify the hotel cost to attend. Would love to take the classes and meet knitters from all around the country. It’s like a big Ravelry convention. Can’t a few spaces be reserved for locals? 🙁
Oh Sheri…I so wanted to be able to cast my name into the lottery for this year! I miss everyone so terribly 🙁
It is just not in the cards for me this year….Have a wonderful time and thank you for doing all that you do for knitters!!! Love you!
I am so excited to be able to come to Spring Fling next year. I am ready to pay for my room. I do have one question and I am not sure where to direct it.
I would want them ALL…but have had so many imaginary conversations with Ann Budd and Wendy Johnson that their classes are “must haves”.
My daughter, Laura would be my companion. I taught her to knit socks while she was expecting 10 years ago, and she has gone on to have one of her designs featured in Six Sock Knitalong. Laura is a “think for herself” knitter, always improving whatever pattern she knits. I’ll simply pick her up near Ft. Worth as I drive to Colorado from Louisiana. Draw our number!