Spring Fling Signups Are Ready!

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!

Sheri lookingforwardtoshareingtheColoradoLoopyshopwithyou!