Join Interweave Escapes at the Imperial River Company for a Knitting Retreat: Sept. 6 -9, 2018 with Vicki Twigg

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 6-9, 2018  Interweave Escapes is traveling to the  beautiful Deschutes River in Oregon to enjoy an exclusive and 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 Vicki Twigg, delicious gourmet meals, a special PRE-event at Brooklyn Tweed in Portland, live Cowboy Music, 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 6-9, 2018.

Special PRE-Event at Brooklyn Tweed Yarns! On September 6 you can enjoy the three things that are quintessentially Portland: Brooklyn Tweed Yarns, Voodoo donuts and some locally brewed coffee. PLUS: a 20% discount on Yarn! We’ll start out in Portland for an exclusive tour of Brooklyn Tweed and a meet and greet with designer and founder Jared Flood. For anyone coming in the night before to attend the morning event on 9/6 at Brooklyn Tweed we have secured a special rate at the Hotel deLuxe, please contact Doreen Connors at [email protected] or 516-498-7463.

Then 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.

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What You’ll Learn

Take two three-hour knitting workshops from expert Vicki Twigg. The Twigg Stitch is a new technique for creating completely reversible knitting. You will discover a new type of color knitting that produces a fully reversible fabric with mirrored or completely different sides. The Twigg stitch will take you further into fascinating new techniques that produce fabric with two or more colors.

Twigg Stitch Technique Class

Come and join us as we explore the world of the Twigg stitch. We will spend plenty of time learning the basic technique. We will be referring to the Twigg Stitch book to give you the best understanding of the technique. When you are ready we can discuss any aspect of the knitting you are interested in, i.e. Increases and decreases, selvedges, specific patterns or stitches from the book, problem solving etc.

Length: 3 hours
Skill Level: You need a good knowledge of basic knitting skills

Twigg Stitch Project Class – Beanie 

Practice your Twigg stitch skills and make an old favorite. This is a great first project with the Twigg stitch as you will have the same side facing you the whole time. There is no specific gauge given in the pattern, just choose your favorite yarn, find your gauge and knit the size you want. You can easily extend it to make a turned up cuff, change the design on it or just do stripes, and the decrease at the top is very easy.

Length: 3 hours

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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 Instructor

Vicki Twigg learned to knit and crochet at about the age of 5, followed soon after by sewing, and has always loved to experiment with and design all kinds of things in the field of needle arts. She likes to set herself challenges and find new ways round them and particularly enjoys creating patterns with interesting structural elements, using the nature of the technique or stitch pattern as part of the inspiration. She loves to pass her fascination with the mechanics of knitting on to others, helping them to improve their technique or learn new things.

About Interweave Knits Editor Meghan Babin

Interweave’s own Meghan Babin will be joining in on the fun! Meghan Babin is the editor of Interweave Knits, knit.wear, and Wool Studio. Her mother taught her how to knit one weekend when she was home from college, and since then she’s barely put down her needles. Before joining the Interweave team she worked as a freelance knitwear designer; many of her designs have appeared in Interweave Knits under Lisa Shroyer’s tenure as editor. Her goal as editor of Knits is to invigorate and inspire the loyal base and draw new knitters with unexpected and innovative designs, photography, features, and education articles.


Starting at just $1,595 per person, 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, September 6 2018

10:00am – Special Event at Brooklyn Tweed – Enjoy the three things that are quintessentially Portland: BT yarns, Voodoo donuts and some locally brewed coffee. PLUS: a 20% discount on Yarn!
1:00pm – Depart Brooklyn Tweed Headquarters, downtown Portland for 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.
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

Friday, September 7 2018

7:30am – Breakfast
8:30am–11:30pm – Knitting Workshop – Twigg Stitch Technique Class
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 – Western Bar-B-Q Dinner with live country music by Les Vaughn Band

Saturday, September 8 2018

7:30am – Breakfast
8:30am–11:30am – Knitting Workshop – Twigg Stitch Project Class – Beanie
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 fees apply – Contact Doreen to book)
5:00pm – Five-course finale dinner and regional wine pairing

Sunday, September  9 2018

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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