I decided to arrive a day early so that I could hang out with some friends, and so that I could explore the Denver and Boulder areas. Now let me tell you all that I am a Florida native. Up until this trip I had never seen snow in person. The day I flew in Colorado was hit with a freak spring snow storm. The storm was so intense that it delayed/cancelled flights (some of my friends were affected by this). I left the Orlando airport where it was a sunny 80 degrees, and I landed in Denver with temperatures in the teens and it was SNOWING! My flight was delayed almost an hour in the air because the runway was covered in ice. It was a crazy travel experience for me, but I was so excited to see snow for the first time that didn't really care.
One of my awesome friends, Ana, met me at the airport and we rented a car. She has lots of experience driving in snowy conditions so she was our pilot for the day, and I am pretty sure she saved my life. I can only imagine how awful my driving would have been in that storm. Everything was completely white and the roads were covered in ice. She handled it like a pro though. Our first stop of the day was the Schacht factory where many of the finest spinning wheels are made. Ana had prearranged a tour of the facility for us, and it was a really interesting experience. Here is a shot of a few of the wheels they were finishing that day.
We also went to a local knitting shop; Shuttles, Spindles and Skeins. It was a great shop, lots of variety, and we got to meet the owner Maggie Casey! That was super cool. I picked up a couple skeins of Madelinetosh Sock in the Black Velvet color way (a color way I would normally never choose but it was calling my name). After our shopping trip there we headed out to Loveland to the hotel.
Once at the hotel we met up with lots of fellow flingers, had dinner, and of course some lovely knitting time. Many of our friends were still dealing with travel issues as a result of the yucky weather, but all in all everyone made it safely which is the important thing. First thing Thursday morning a group of us headed out to hit a few local yarn shops and grab some lunch.
One of the shops we visited was My Sister Knits. It is by far, hands down one of the best yarn shops I have every visited. The staff was courteous, knowledgeable, and fun to talk to. Her selection of yarns included some of the most luxurious to economical. I purchased yarn there for the Fat Squirrel's Orange KAL, and some more for another project coming up soon. Here is a shot of my lovely yarns.
The shop is in a lovely little carriage house, and she even has chickens!
Look at all that snow, it's just beautiful. I truly didn't want to leave this shop. Whenever I travel to Colorado I will definitely visit this shop again.
The rest of the afternoon was spent visiting some local shops, including a pre-fling shopping trip at Loopy, and lunch. I will save more details for my next post. I will however, share our Fling group picture. Look how happy we all are!