Escape to Scenic Montana with Lorilee Beltman for an Exclusive Knitting Retreat April 22-25, 2018

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 April 22-25, 2018 Interweave Escapes is traveling to scenic Greenough, Montana to enjoy a exclusive and rare opportunity: We will be staying at the the luxurious Resort at Paws Up for a one-of-a kind, all inclusive knitting getaway. There will be two workshops from designer, author and teacher Lorilee Beltman, delicious gourmet meals, a trip to Black Wolf Ranch, and airport transfers are included. Join us for an amazing weekend amid some of the most breathtaking country in the world on April 22-25, 2018.


About The Resort at Paws Up

At the crossroads of incomparable luxury and unspoiled wilderness lies The Resort at Paws Up. This luxury ranch resort is situated in some of the most breathtaking country in the world. This is truly The Last Best Place.

Unwind in a place that’s a million miles away from the rest of the world. Experience all the creature comforts of a five-star luxury hotel in a rugged and refined luxury home!

Montana Dining: Drawing from the agricultural wealth of Montana and the West, the Chef at Paws Up creates refined rustic ranch cuisine that articulately blends the most sophisticated culinary techniques with the freshest meats, produce and ingredients available. Huckleberries picked from the slopes of surrounding mountains might complement a breakfast of French toast and hand-made sausage. Fresh Rocky Mountain trout, sauteed with herbs, may be paired with an exquisite Napa Valley Chardonnay. Every sense is excited. Every meal brings new adventure.


What You’ll Learn

Perfect Hems and Tubular Cast Ons without the Hassle

In our first technique class we learn modern ways for creating the hem or the tubular cast on that starts off our project. Hems can require either a provisional cast on with waste yarn, or sewing. Tubular cast on can be equally fussy with waste yarn to be pulled out later. We will do something completely different that gives perfect results every time without all the fussing around. In this class we learn the Magic Cast On and clever ways to use it. Techniques learned can be applied to many of your future knitting projects.
Students will then choose their favorite technique to start the class cowl project.

Skill Level: All.

Materials: Needles to be determined. Students will get a needle list at a later date.

Yarn: For learning, a basic worsted weight yarn will be provided by the instructor. We will use Black Wolf Ranch fibers for the class project. In our first class you will get enough neutral colored yarn to get started. On our trip to Black Wolf Ranch you have the opportunity to shop for project fibers to complete your project in your favorite colors.

Colors That Climb

Our second technique class enables the knitter to continue with the color work in our class cowl project.

When color climbs vertically in the knitted fabric there are endless possibilities for adding color interest without inhibiting the elasticity of the fabric. We will learn how to introduce the color to our work, how to manage the yarn so it is not cumbersome, and how to address the stitches when you come to them. Everyone can do this with once a few simple rules are understood. What you learn from class and the handout can be applied to much of your knitting. The pattern provided will include instructions for a cowl with a number of design elements to choose from.

Skill Level: Students must be comfortable knitting in the round on a small circumference of eight inches, like a mitten, without assistance. Students must know how to accomplish this on double pointed needles, or two circular needles, or using the magic loop method- whichever they prefer.

Materials: Needles to be determined. Students will get a needle list at a later date.

Yarn: For learning, a basic worsted weight yarn will be provided by the instructor in numerous colors. We will use Black Wolf Ranch fibers for the class project. On our trip to Black Wolf Ranch you have the opportunity to shop for project fibers to complete your project in your favorite colors.


About Your Knitting Instructor Lorilee Beltman

Lorilee happily sees no end to where your knitting curiosity can take you. She loves to help knitters make new discoveries and is known for communicating clearly and patiently. For a decade this former yarn shop owner has enjoyed her students at national events, and she looks forward to meeting you in class! Her articles and designs have been published in books, magazines, and online mags. She is a Craft Yarn Council certified knitting instructor, former techniques columnist at Knitty, and an online instructor at Interweave and Craftsy. Her Craftsy classes are consistently ranked at the top of the recommended list.
Tent-camping with her husband and boys has brought her to over twenty National Parks. Lorilee grew up in Pittsburgh, spent thirty years in west Michigan, and now calls Seattle home.

A message from your instructor: 

Dear Interweave Escapes knitters,

I look forward to soaking up the Montana landscape with you.

Spending a few days with the same group of knitters is a joy and provides opportunity for learning at a relaxed pace. For our group and our time together I’ve designed a project and two classes. Students will participate at a level that suits them. Attend class and learn by listening, by knitting along, or by diving into the project. I often hear from long-time knitters that they enjoyed learning new things from me. I will remain available for our time together to offer help when you need it.


More Happenings:

A trip to Black Wolf Ranch: We will take an afternoon trip to Black Wolf Ranch including meeting the Alpacas, a tour, demos, and shopping.

Black Wolf Ranch started as a dream and is now a reality. We began looking into ways we could live in a rural setting and make a living. During our search we discovered alpacas and began diligently researching these amazing animals.

We continue our education daily with regard to the animals and thier fiber. We share our successes and failures with our clients, other breeders and friends. We continue to carefully research and plan our breeding program and practices and are working with fiber experts like Ian Watt ( to insure we can measure our results as we hone our own specific breeding and fiber objectives. We have been working with Sertified Sorters and NAAFP.

At Black Wolf Ranch, we dedicate our efforts to preserving the value and integrity of alpacas. However to sustain this life we are committed to the fiber industry and the alpaca breed. We breed for quality fiber, confirmation and character and work hard at promoting the alpaca lifestyle. Black Wolf Ranch is working towards the breeding principles developed and promoted by Dr. Jim Watts in Australia. His philosophy is known as SRS® and promotes soft bundling locks of fine and closely aligned long fiber. Dr. Watt’s breeding program is based on the selection of animals through objective measurement and visual markers of fiber characteristics.

Bret and I will discuss openly and honestly what is involved in starting an alpaca ranch and fiber business with any and all visitors. We will discuss the financial aspects, as well as the emotional aspects, because the alpaca’s well-being is the primary concern in our industry.



This extremely limited event includes lodging at The Resort at Paws Up, all meals, workshops, a trip to Black Wolf Ranch, airport transfers, and a gift bag. All taxes and gratuities are also included.

Single Room: $2,495 per person for single occupancy. All meals and activities included.
Double Room: $2,095 per person for double occupancy knitters. All meals and activities included.
Companion: ($1300 per person accompanying a knitter. Want to bring a non-knitting guest/spouse? All companions can participate in all non-knitting activities/meals.

*Looking for a knitting roommate? We can help. Contact Doreen Connors 516-498-7463.

Schedule of Events

Sunday April 22

3:00pm – Check-in at the Resort at Paws Up (airport transfers included)
5:30pm – Welcome reception
6:15pm – Dinner

Monday April 23

7:00-8:00am – Breakfast
8:00–11:00am – Workshop with Lorilee Beltman
11:15am – Travel to Black Wolf Ranch (Meet the Alpaca, tour, demos, shopping )
3:30pm – Transportation back to The Resort at Paws Up
6:00pm – Dinner
Tuesday April 24

7:30–8:30am – Breakfast
9:00–12:00pm – Workshop with Lorilee Beltman
12:00–1:00pm – Lunch
Afternoon free to explore and participate in one of the many activities at Paws Up or visit the Spa
6:00pm – Dinner

Wednesday April 25
7:30–9:00am – Breakfast
11:00am – Check out (airport transfers included)


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

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

*Photos courtesy The Resort at Paws Up or Lorilee Beltman.

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