Spring Fling 2010

Warning: The following post over-uses the words awesome, amazing and wonderful… there are also way too many exclamation points and happy faces scattered throughout. Just so you know. ๐Ÿ˜‰

How can I describe the awesome-ness that was Spring Fling? I’m not even sure how to start except to say that it was truly awesome-sauce! Or shall I say awesome-knit? ๐Ÿ˜€ I loved it so much! I met a ton of great people (I didn’t know a single person there before I went!) who I can now call friends, ate a lot of desserts after every meal (seriously, why can’t we have cake after lunch every day?) and knit a ton while chatting up a storm. The weekend started out amazing with this wonderful goodie bag:

Spring Fling 2010 Goodie bag

The bag (which is great and I think I will be using it quite a bit) came with a Little Loopy hugging a sample skein of Baby Boom, a stitch marker that says Spring Fling 2010, two patterns (one scarf and one sock), a mug (not pictured – it’s being washed!) and the piรจce de resistance, a gorgeous skein of one-of-a-kind-dyed-for-the-Spring-Fling-2010 Wollmeise!

Wollmeise 100%

I can’t wait to use this for something – most likely a shawl, as I’m sure you’ve guessed. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The weekend already started off well with all these goodies, but it went from good to great very quickly with meeting all the amazing women attending and making friends with lots and lots of people! Everyone was so nice and there were so many gorgeous knits (mostly shawls!) that just inspired and made you feel like picking up your needles right away – which everyone was doing anyway, even when standing up!

Spring Fling 2010

At the front there is Julie (juliee on Rav) who was my swap partner. She’s holding a cake of yarn under her arm in order to knit while standing, LOL. That pretty much sums up how much knitting we all did while there. ๐Ÿ˜€

My class with Jared Flood was AWESOME! It was on seamless sweater construction and the goal of the class was to be able to walk away from it and know how to knit up a sweater without a pattern. And you know what? I totally think I can do it now! I can’t wait to start on my own seamless sweater. I just have to pick the yarn for it. Jared was a great teacher and made everything so clear and easy to follow. The trip was worth it for that reason alone, but it was even better that it wasn’t by far the only reason that made the trip worth it! ๐Ÿ˜€ Of course, I had to accost him after the class for him to sign my Made in Brooklyn book:

Jared Flood book - Made in Brooklyn

And I love what he wrote when he signed it!

Jared Flood book - Made in Brooklyn

I even got up the courage to ask him to take a picture with me and he was so nice and agreed! OMG total fan-girl moment! ๐Ÿ˜€

Spring Fling 2010

He was so sweet and talked with me on the way to lunch afterward. I told him I’m starting my business and we talked about photography for a little while. It was wonderful being able to meet one of my knit heroes and to have him turn out to be so nice to boot. ๐Ÿ™‚

The weekend was made up literally of knitting and talking to people, both of which I LOVE doing. It was so great to go to a knit event and actually MEET people and sit and talk. I feel like all the knitting events I’ve been to – namely Rhinebeck and Stitches West – were mostly about the classes or the shopping (or both) and not really about meeting anyone else. With the Fling I felt like I was there to make friends and I totally did! I loved having fun with all these ladies – all of you rock!!!

Spring Fling 2010

Spring Fling 2010

Spring Fling 2010

Spring Fling 2010

We also found out that Little Loopy was actually quite a scandalous character, getting drunk and falling into socks, peeing into people’s beers and clicking his own love button! What a little rascal!

Spring Fling 2010

Spring Fling 2010

Spring Fling 2010

Of course, the weekend wasn’t all about knitting, talking, classes and meeting awesome knitters… it was also about going out to Loopy Central for some shopping! I think I look quite happy to be there, don’t you? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Spring Fling 2010

Spring Fling 2010

I love this wall!

Spring Fling 2010

And what did I walk away with? A beautiful bag full of goodies!

Loopy Purchases

Loopy Purchases

I think that was a pretty nice haul! Two sweater quantities! One is for a summer sweater – the softest cotton you’ve ever felt… it doesn’t even feel like cotton! – and the other for a Liesl out of an alpaca/merino blend. The rest include Skinny Bugga, Sweet Georgia, Fleece Artist and Hand Maiden. There was also a cute bag from 3AM:

3AM bag

Sadly the time to leave came way too soon, though we all clapped for Sheri and the Elves for doing such an AMAZING job with the whole thing!

Spring Fling 2010

I cannot recommend the Spring Fling enough to every knitter out there. It was one of the best knitting-related things I’ve ever done and I’d go back in a heart beat! I’m totally putting my name in the hat for it next year and really really hope I get picked to go – I wouldn’t miss it! ๐Ÿ˜€

Also, there are lots of blog posts out in blog-land talking about it if you want to look around and see who went. I’m pretty sure that everyone is raving about it, so check it out and see if you want to try for next year (lottery sign ups begin in December)! Sheri, the owner of The Loopy Ewe, posted about Spring Fling in her blog and I’m in some of the pictures – I’m knitting on a shawl in one of them! I’m also dead center in the main group picture – see if you can spot me!

To all my Spring Fling buddies, I had a great time meeting you all!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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14 responses to “Spring Fling 2010

  1. Jackie 04.27.2010 at 6:43 am

    It looks like loads of fun! I’m off to check the blog post you are referring to.

  2. yarndancer 04.27.2010 at 9:00 am

    Wow, that does look like it was awesome!! It sounds amazing, I’m very jealous now ๐Ÿ˜‰ And your goodies and yarn look fab!!

  3. Orna 04.27.2010 at 9:50 am

    It looks like you guys had a great time there. Glad to read all about it.

  4. mirepoixmagique 04.27.2010 at 10:20 am

    I loved meeting you too Carolina! I’m still riding the Spring Fling high… and I love your pictures of Loopy’s naughty adventures!

    bisous,

    Elizabeth

  5. Heather 04.27.2010 at 10:25 am

    I really enjoyed your post. Nice to hear that Jared Flood really is as nice as he looks. I might have to join the lottery for the Fling next year. Aren’t knitters the nicest people.

  6. julie 04.27.2010 at 10:30 am

    I love the warning, but how could you blog about the weekend any other way??
    You captured the weekend so well and it makes me want to go back right now. You’re lucky I only used your bag for the photo shoot bc I would have gladly filled it with yarn and skipped home:)

  7. Tasha 04.27.2010 at 12:42 pm

    What a great trip. I enjoyed meeting you (I even talked my voice out if you can believe it!) & I want to go back right this instant! I just figured out that I didn’t even see your yarn!

  8. Karen 04.27.2010 at 2:10 pm

    It was so great to meet you at Spring Fling. If you do end up starting a knit group, please do let me know. I’d love to join in ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. MsLindz 04.27.2010 at 2:27 pm

    It was a great weekend and I’m glad I had a chance to meet and chat with you while there! I have a feeling that my post about the Fling will be quite similar with overuse of the word “awesome” and too many exclamation points. ๐Ÿ™‚

    That Loopy – he’s one to watch out for! hahaha

  10. Linda 04.28.2010 at 11:55 am

    It all just looks fabulous! Lovely piccies!

  11. Janice 04.29.2010 at 3:27 pm

    Lina,
    What a great blog. You captured the weekend fantastically. I only spoke to you a couple of brief times, but it was great meeting you. Maybe next year.

  12. Andrea 05.04.2010 at 3:21 pm

    I also had an amazing time with you and all our new friends at the Spring Fling. It was wonderful to meet you and knit with you! Can’t wait for next year’s Fling…

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  14. fridica 01.23.2011 at 3:27 am

    What a great post, I didn’t even know about Spring Fling! It really looks like you had an *awesome* time, and OMG you got a photo with Jared Flood!

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