Interweave Escapes: These Guys Want to Inspire Your Knitting

You’re sitting in a rich leather chair by a crackling fire in the autumn woods of Vermont. A kindly Norwegian man in a brilliant colorwork sweater sitting nearby leans over and hands you a small treasure—an impeccable, delightful little knitted bird. You cup it in your hands and feel a special thrill up your spine; you admire its sweet stitches and its beaded eyes.

Something in the back of your consciousness shifts and you feel a childlike wonder. You reach for your glass of wine with one hand, holding the bird out from yourself; you look around the cozy paneled room full of murmuring knitters; at the fire; at the smiling man with his radiant sweater; back to the perched bird, and you say out loud, “Is this a fairy tale?” Sort of. It’s a very special Interweave Escapes knitting retreat.

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Photo from Arne & Carlos’ Field Guide to Knitted Birds published by Trafalgar Square Books.

This is the experience you could have with Interweave Escapes Vermont, featuring international knitting superstars Arne and Carlos. These Norwegian knitters will be teaching you to make your own little bird on this holiday of food, friends, fiber, and…spa treatments. Because we’re going to an incredible inn and spa for our next knitting retreat.

This is postcard New England, folks, and you’ll enjoy the company of not only Arne and Carlos on this trip, but another teacher obsessed with colorwork. Lars Rains is an American designer who specializes in Icelandic design and colorwork sweaters. He’ll be teaching a class on designing your own Icelandic yoke sweater, which honestly excites the Lopi out of me.

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Modern Lopi designs by Lars Rains

Everyone will have the chance to take both bird and yoke classes. Check out the full itinerary and class descriptions here. What else is there to do? Well, besides socializing, eating amazing food, getting massages, sitting the by the fire in quiet contemplation at the wonder of it all, you’ll also visit the sweet village of Woodstock, Vermont, with its own LYS, Whippletree Yarn Shop. Arne and Carlos will give a special talk about living an inspired life on the final evening, as well as sign copies of their books.

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Fairy tales happen at the Woodstock Inn & Spa.

The most important part of a retreat like this is that YOU DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO. Enjoy your luxurious room and hide away from the world. Get up early and go for walks before sitting down to breakfast with everyone. Stay up late hanging out with your new friends. There’s no wrong answer. Curious about what it’s like to attend an Escape? Check out my post about another recent event here.

I hope you’ll join us for this magical retreat. Three inspiring teachers, some splendid projects, good company, and indulgent accommodations will make for an experience to treasure. Like a knitted bird in the hand—a treasure to keep forever.

Sign up soon, these trips fill quickly. And we’ll see you there!


Escape to Vermont with Your Fellow Knitters!


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