Escape to the Imperial River Company for a Knitting Retreat: Sept. 29 – Oct. 2, 2017

Interweave Escapes

Event Overview

Interweave Escapes is a unique way for knitters to come together, learn from a knitting expert and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow devotees in this intimate, retreat-style event.

On September 29 – October 2, 2017  Interweave Escapes is traveling to the  beautiful Deschutes River in Oregon to enjoy a rare opportunity: We will be staying at the relaxing Imperial River Company Lodge for an all inclusive knitting getaway. There will be two workshops from designer, author and teacher Nancy Shroyer, delicious gourmet meals and an excursion to The Imperial Stock Ranch including a tour, lunch, and authentic ranch experience.  Join us for  an amazing weekend amid the rustic beauty of the Deschutes River, September 29- October 2, 2017.

Spots are going fast and the deadline to sign up is August 15, 2017!


What You’ll Learn

Learn Continental Knitting from a Right Hand Thrower

Learn Continental Knitting from a Right Hand Thrower
Continental knitters say they knit faster, with better tension and less movement; it is the more efficient method, requiring the shortest number of specific hand-motions per stitch. I have been a right hand thrower all my life but learned to knit Continental for Fair Isle knitting. Let me show you how to change hands for knitting, purling and ribbing. Training the left hand to work for you for knitting and purling back, backwards will also be covered.

Length: 3 hours
Skill Level: beginner to advanced knitters who already know how to knit and purl.
Supplies needed: #8 needles, 50 gram ball of light colored worsted weight yarn, wool preferred.

Fair Isle Knitting 101


Fair Isle Knitting 101  
Not all 2 color stranded work is Fair Isle. Long ago and far away on a small island off the northern coast of Scotland lived some knitters who raised the bar on 2 color stranded work. Travel back in time with me to learn about how and why they developed their particular techniques for this important work. Learn how their techniques helped to make the work go faster and easier while you knit a head band. Continental knitting, corrugated ribbing, catching floats will all be covered as well as the history of Fair Isle Knitting.

Length: 3 hours
Skill Level: beginner to advanced knitters who already know how to knit and purl.
Homework needed.
Supplies needed:

  • Size #3 (3.25mm) circular needle, 16” or 20” Not dpns or long needle for Magic Loop
  • Size #5 (3.75mm) circular needle 16” or 20” Not dpns or long needle for Magic Loop
  • 3 balls of yarn DK/sport wt, colors should have good contrast. No variegated yarn. Wool will give best results.
  • Scissors, Size D crochet hook, Pen/pencil


About The Imperial River Company Lodge

Nestled directly on the banks of the Deschutes River, providing a relaxing environment and scenic views with more than a quarter-mile of river frontage. You can wake up and enjoy gorgeous views of this desert river canyon out your windows; sixteen rooms are directly facing the river. Activities at the Imperial River Company Lodge include river rafting, biking, hiking, and fly fishing. Imperial River Company is part of the Imperial Stock Ranch family operation. See more at

About the Imperial Stock Ranch

Imperial Stock Ranch (est 1871) has been raising sheep, cattle, grains and hay for 146 years. Located in Oregon’s high desert interior, it is the only ranch in Oregon designated a National Historic District that is still in operation. Recognized as a model of sustainable agriculture, in 1999 during a collapsing U.S. wool market, they began a creative approach to selling their wool. Working with a number of U.S. textile processing and manufacturing partners, the 146-year-old ranch successfully transitioned from selling wool as a commodity to selling traceable wool products into multiple markets, and onto a global stage with Ralph Lauren’s uniforms for Team USA at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Most recently, Imperial Stock Ranch is the first ranch in the World certified under the new global Responsible Wool Standard, for the highest levels of land and animal welfare. Learn more at


Nancy Shroyer

About Your Knitting Instructor

Nancy Shroyer knits, spins, weaves, dyes, designs, teaches, and invents in Cary, NC. As the founder and President of Nancy’s Knit Knacks LLC, Nancy, along with a select team, designs and develops a line of tools and winding equipment for yarn shops, fiber artists and producers. Nancy personally invented 15+ tools for knitters and spinners. Nancy is a freelance book writer and designer. She has 2 published books as well as over 30 patterns published by a variety of magazines and books.

But Nancy’s favorite job is teaching. Nancy has been teaching fiber arts classes for 40 years.  She has 23 different workshops in knitting, spinning, dyeing and weaving. Nancy’s philosophy is to make working with fiber easier for everyone. She has found many shortcuts, techniques and formulas that can save time and anxiety. Her students love her kind easy going manner.


Starting at just $1,595 per person, this extremely limited event includes transportation to and from downtown Portland, lodging at The Imperial River Company, all meals, workshops, transportation to the Imperial Stock Ranch, and a gift bag. All taxes and gratuities are also included.

Schedule of Events

Friday, September 29 2017

1:00pm – Depart from the Hotel de Luxe, downtown Portland for the Imperial River Company with a including a stop at the local yarn store “Knot Another Hat” in Hood River
4:00pm – Check-in at Imperial River Company Lodge
5:00pm – Welcome reception at Imperial River Company hosted by Dan and Jeanne Carver, owners of Imperial Stock Ranch followed by dinner

Saturday, September 30 2017

7:30am – Breakfast
8:30am–11:30pm – Learn Continental Knitting from a Right Hand Thrower workshop with Nancy Shroyer
11:45am – Bus to Imperial Stock Ranch for lunch, a tour and authentic ranch experience
3:30pm – Bus back to Imperial River Company
6:00pm – Dinner with country music by Les Vaughn Band

Sunday, October 1 2017

8.00am – Breakfast
9:00am–12:00pm – Fair Isle Knitting 101  workshop with Nancy Shroyer
12:00pm –  Lunch on the lawn by the river
1:00pm – Bus tour to Sherars Falls (included) OR
1:00pm–3:00pm – Free time – optional White Water Rafting excursion or Fly Fishing Lesson (additional fee applies)
5:00pm – Wine Tasting followed by five-course finale dinner and regional wine pairing

Monday, October 2 2017

8:00am – Breakfast
10:00am – Depart the Imperial River Company for Portland
1:00pm – Arrive downtown Portland. Please plan your flights accordingly.

No refunds will be provided within 90 days of the event.

For additional questions please contact Doreen Connors at or 516-498-7463.

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