What a weekend! I have never made 60+ instant friends in one weekend. The Loopy Ewe Spring Fling was truly lots of fun and SO well organized! Sheri and her elves REALLY out did themselves. I was truly impressed and happy how the weekend went. I still can't believe it is over.
Upon checking in Thursday, we were given a lovely Loopy goodie bag with fabulous contents: a skein of the infamous Wollmeise (BTW,Claudia came all the way from Germany for this event!), a Cookie A pattern, a Wendy Knits pattern, a RED Loopy Ewe coffee mug, Everything Balm, and a couple of sampler skeins and pattern from Claudia Handpaints and Cherry Tree Hill.
My Friday consisted of a class in the morning with Wendy. I learned how to cast on using Judy's Magic Cast On. Prior to taking this class, I have been averse to toe up socks because I found the toe a tad messy looking (I used the figure 8 method). But now....WOW! I am totally a toe up convert! Thanks Wendy! After lunch, I took a class from Cookie A. She taught us how to go about designing a sock. After taking her class, it isn't that difficult, really.
Friday afternoon, I finished my garter rib socks.
A closeup shot on the detail. These were a quick knit. I'm contemplating doing these toe up!
With the newly acquired knowledge of Judy's Magic Cast On, I started a pair of toe up, no purl Monkey's in Cherry Tree Hill's Monet. I'm loving how I can try it on whenever I want to check for fit!
Saturday, I visited Loopy Central. Wow, Loopy Central has grown since it was in Sheri's basement!
Ahem, more additions to my stash.
Saturday night consisted of more knitting and a lovely tour all the floors of the hotel where we were staying. Ah yes...I forgot to mention the other events taking place in addition to the Spring Fling: a mini-liquor convention and a children's beauty pagent. Surprisingly enough, the liquor convention attendees were tame. Now, the parents of the children's beauty pagent...Well, let's just say, it was very,very,very sad, disturbing, and seemed to me, borderline child exploitation. These folks decorated the outside of their doors at the hotel. Some doors actually had BASKETS of candy for other hotel patrons.
I don't know which was worse: actually SEEING these scantily clad two year olds with caked on makeup for the swimsuit competition or photos of these kids. Either way it gave me the heebies.
Sunday afternoon, I caught a Cardninals/Astros baseball game with Amy. The Cards won 5-1!
I have been home for a couple of days and am running around trying to get everything done before I leave tomorrow morning for New Orleans. Please don't let it RAIN!!
Swaps...I am involved in more swaps than I can shake a stick at! I received some lovely goodies from Keri at the Spring Fling. Upon arrival from St. Louis, I had a box waiting for me from Jessi (Caffeine addicts group on Ravelry). I will post more photos and details when I get back. Off to pack my bags for NOLA!