Join Interweave Escapes at Imperial River Company, Oregon May 16 – 19, 2019 with Brooklyn Tweed Instructors Lis Smith and Jamie McCarthy

Interweave Escapes

Event Overview

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

Join us on May 16-19, 2019 for extraordinary hospitality in Oregon’s high desert interior on the banks of the Wild and Scenic Deschutes River. We will stay at the Imperial River Company where the scenery is great and the people are too, and tour the historic Imperial Stock Ranch. You’ll get up close and personal with the sheep, dogs, and people who have been behind the wool supply for Ralph Lauren’s Made in America Olympic uniforms since 2014.

Our workshops will feature instruction from Jamie McCarthy and Lis Smith from the Brooklyn Tweed team, who will be sharing with you the exciting features of wool yarns and help you create a bespoke garment all your own!

On the morning of May 16, we will be in Portland at Brooklyn Tweed’s headquarters and enjoy their hospitality while indulging in two of Portland’s favorites, “VooDoo Donuts” and their finest coffee.

We’ll explore the Brooklyn Tweed warehouse where you’ll get personal expert advice from the Brooklyn Tweed team for choosing your very own colorway for your bespoke sweater! Plus, you’ll get a generous discount on your purchase!

From there we will travel up the Columbia River Gorge by coach to the Imperial River Company situated on the banks of the Deschutes River. Along the way we will stop at one of Oregon’s Premier Yarn Shops, “Knot Another Hat” where they will welcome us with refreshments and a 20% discount on purchases.

We are pairing these two great Oregon companies for the first time, both of which have visionary and dynamic leaders. Jeanne Carver came into the industry straight out of the desert soil, driven by her love of the land and the sheep that graze it. Jared Flood came from the design world and his love and desire to create his own expression through fiber, knitting and even the business model. Together they share common passions for wool, the importance of traditional skills and the desire to preserve, support and sustain U.S. textile production.

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What You’ll Learn

In this two-part class, we’ll explore the exciting quirks and characteristics of wool yarn — from fiber content and preparation, to twist, ply, and gauge — then revel in the joy of applying this knowledge towards the creation of a one-of-a-kind hand knitted garment.

Day One: Yarn

What is a woolen-spun yarn and what is a worsted-spun yarn? What are the different qualities of Targhee-Columbia, Merino, and other fleece breeds? What is gauge and how can you make it work for you? Learn about the characteristics of wool yarn as Lis Smith answers your questions throughout this workshop.  

Day Two: Sweater 

With an understanding of the nuances of fiber, yarn construction, and gauge, we’ll then go over the anatomy of a hand knitted garment and how you can achieve a finished piece that you’ll enjoy making and enjoy wearing for years to come.

The group will be divided into two groups so you will get plenty of personal attention.




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


Hear what past attendees have to say

“I just came back from teaching two workshops for Interweave Escapes at Imperial Lodge in Maupin OR. I really enjoyed every bit and think it is one of the very best retreats I’ve been on – either as an instructor or participant. Doreen Connors did an amazing job of entertaining us, organizing us, and really made everyone feel included and welcome. She has a gift of hospitality.”
– Nancy Shroyer, Designer and teacher on our October 2017 trip

“I really believe that my trip to Imperial Stock Ranch was the major turning point in my knitting life. I returned home brimming with inspiration, a new-found confidence, and a deeper commitment to my knitting.”
– Sally K. Richmond, Virginia

“Imperial Ranch was the most amazing experience of any knitting trip I have ever been on! From the classes to the food to the history of the ranch! Doreen and Jeanne were wonderful hostesses!”
– Kathy T. New York, New York

“I had an incredible time on the Imperial Trip to Oregon. The beauty of the landscape was breathtaking and I made long-lasting knitting friendships! It was so much fun. I have been will definitely be back!”
– Marie K. Long Island, New York

“The entire trip was beyond relaxing, sitting by the river knitting leaves you feeling rejuvenated. If you are from the city, you get the chance to ‘cowgirl it up!’ ”
– Kate M. Applegate, Oregon

About Your Knitting Instructors

Lis Smith, Design Coordinator

Lis learned to knit from her grandmother when she was young, but only in the past few years has her passion for knitting grown from skill to vocation. A love of textiles and handcrafts from cultures around the world inspire and inform her process, which, in addition to knitting, includes sewing, weaving, and working with natural dyes. Lis lives and works in her new home of Portland, Oregon.

Jamie McCarthy, Service Specialist

Jamie is a maker and year-round wool wearer who loves fiber and textiles in all of their many forms. An avid knitter, spinner, and sewer with a background in teaching and education, she is ever dedicated to sharing her knowledge and empowering fellow makers through hands-on learning experiences. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her girlfriend and their three wee dogs.


Starting at just $1,595 per person (for Non-river view Double Occupancy), this extremely limited event includes transportation to and from downtown Portland, a special PRE-event at Brooklyn Tweed in Portland, lodging at The Imperial River Company, all meals, workshops, Ranch tour, transportation to the Imperial Stock Ranch, and a gift bag. All taxes and gratuities are also included.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 16 2019

Special Event at Brooklyn Tweed – Enjoy the three things that are quintessentially Portland: BT yarns, Voodoo donuts and some locally brewed coffee. PLUS: a generous discount on Brooklyn Tweed Yarn!
10:00am – Presentation focusing on our Brooklyn Tweed yarns and patterns at the headquarters of Brooklyn Tweed. Meet and greet with Jared Flood, book signing and a yarn shopping
1:00pm – Depart Brooklyn Tweed Headquarters, downtown Portland for the scenic ride along the Colombia River to the Imperial River Company with a stop at “Knot Another Hat”,  Hood River’s premier yarn store for a wine and cheese party with 20% discounts on purchases.
3:00pm – Check-in at Imperial River Company Lodge
5:00pm – Welcome reception at Imperial River Company hosted by Jeanne Carver, owner of Imperial Stock Ranch followed by dinner

Friday, May 17 2019

7:30am – Breakfast
8:30am–11:30pm – Knitting Workshop Day One – Yarn
11:45am – Bus to Imperial Stock Ranch for lunch, a tour and authentic ranch experience
3:30pm – Bus back to Imperial River Company
5:30pm – Western Bar-B-Q Dinner with live country music by Les Vaughn Band

Saturday, May 18 2019

7:30am – Breakfast
9:00am–12:00pm – Knitting Workshop – Day Two – Sweater
12:00pm –  Lunch on the lawn by the river
1:00pm–3:00pm – Free time – optional White Water Rafting excursion or Fly Fishing Lesson (additional fees apply – Contact Doreen to book) OR just relax with a glass of wine or local brew and knit by the river’s edge
3:30pm – Bus tour to Sherars Falls (included)
5:30pm – Five-course finale dinner and regional wine pairing

Sunday, May 19 2019

7:00am – Breakfast
9:15am – Depart the Imperial River Company for Portland / Hotel deLuxe downtown Portland

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

For additional questions please contact Doreen Connors at [email protected] or 516-498-7463.

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