Join Interweave Escapes in Asheville, North Carolina March 8–11, 2020 with Instructor Norah Gaughan

Interweave Escapes

Event Overview

SOLD OUT – Contact Doreen Connors at or 516-498-7463 to join a wait list.

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 March 8-11, Interweave Escapes is traveling to beautiful Asheville, North Carolina to stay at The Inn on Biltmore Estate for an all-inclusive knitting getaway. There will be two workshops from Norah Gaughan, delicious gourmet meals, entry to the Downtown Abbey Exhibition, the opportunity to explore the Biltmore House, and more. Join us for an amazing getaway to Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, March 8-11, 2020.


What You’ll Learn

Stripes Interrupted
Experience how magic happens when you add texture or easy lace patterns to small stripes. You’ll begin with small textural patterns that mix colors in key spots forming all over color patterns that look complex, but they’re not. Then you’ll move on to combining lace with striping forming elaborate distortions of the stripes. You’ll also learn how to use German short rows to shape the fabric above and below the distorted stripes to avoid pooching and stretching.

Punctured Cable
Adding double YO’s to cables is an unusual technique that makes lovely round openings in the center of cables, perfect for light summer Arans or just for the beauty of it. Norah’s tricks of how and when to add the double yarn overs help make the technique much easier than it may sound.



About The Biltmore House

Discover the wonders of Biltmore in Asheville. Begin with the breathtaking beauty of the 250-room Biltmore House – America’s largest private home – and century-old gardens. Experience Antler Hill Village, which features the award-winning Biltmore Winery and connects the estate’s present and past, providing a relaxing place for dining, shopping, historical exhibits and new ways to enjoy Biltmore’s hospitality. Finally, savor the long-lasting benefits of a luxurious getaway at the four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate.

Explore Asheville

The River Arts District of Asheville consists of a vast array of artists and working studios set in an urban scene of old factories and historical buildings. Everywhere you turn, art abounds – with creativity happening around every corner. Many studios are open every day, all year round. Visitors are encouraged to come explore artist studios and watch while they work or meet the artists and discuss the creative process.

Getting to and around in The River Arts District is a breeze. Accessible by car from Downtown, West Asheville, and Biltmore Village, there is plenty of free parking.

Trolley Tour

To get the most out of sightseeing in Asheville, we arranged a private trolley tour for our group. This historic, fun, and informative Asheville Overview Tour lasts approximately 90 minutes. After our tour you will receive a ticket that you can use for the duration of your stay in Asheville for their “Hop On Hop Off ” trolley to go back and see some of the places you want to spend more time at. Points of interest include:

  • The diverse Montford historic district
  • The stately Grove Park historic district
  • The legendary Omni Grove Park Inn
  • Art Deco-rich downtown
  • The ever artsy and edgy River Arts District
  • The quaint & historic Biltmore Village


Instructor Norah Gaughan

About Your Knitting Instructor

Norah Gaughan is the author of Wool Studio Vol. IV, Knitting Nature, and other books. Norah Gaughan has spent her life immersed in knitting—as a freelancer for yarn companies and knitting magazines, as the design director at JCA (she oversaw the Reynolds, Artful Yarns & Adrienne Vittadini Yarn lines); and as the design director at Berroco for nearly nine years (where she headed up the design team and published sixteen eponymous booklets). Now an independent designer working out of her studio in historic Harrisville, NH, Norah’s latest ventures include being a member of the Brooklyn Tweed design team. Her newest labor of love, Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook (Abrams) showcases the results of her 30-year spate of inventing new cable patterns.


Starting at just $2,395 per person (for double occupancy), this extremely limited event includes lodging at the Inn on the Biltmore Estate, all meals, workshops, wine tasting, daytime access to the Biltmore House, conservatory, gardens, museum, farm and winery for the entire stay. All taxes and gratuities are also included.

Plus, there are multiple extras: You will get a one-time admission to the Downtown Abbey Exhibition, private Vanderbilt wine and tour tasting, and complimentary parking and shuttles.

Looking for a roommate? Please contact Doreen Connors at or 516-498-7463.

Schedule of Events

Sunday, March 8, 2020
4:00pm –  Check-in at the Inn on the Biltmore Estate
5:30pm –  Welcome reception
6:15pm – Dinner at the Biltmore Estate

Monday, March 9, 2020
7:30am –  9:00am – Breakfast
9:00am – 12:00pm – Knitting workshop with Norah Gaughan
12:00pm – 1:15pm – Lunch
1:30pm – 3:00pm – Trolley tour of Asheville
6:00pm – Dinner

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
7:30am – 9:00am – Breakfast
9:00am – 12:00pm – Knitting workshop with Norah Gaughan
12:00pm –  Lunch
Afternoon free to explore the grounds with your Length of Stay Ticket which includes daytime access to the Biltmore House, conservatory, gardens, museum, farm and winery. Visit Asheville’s Local Yarn Stores: Purls Yarn Emporium, Black Sheep Yarn Shop, and Asheville NC Home Crafts. All three stores have great selections of local yarns.
4:45pm – Guided mansion tour
7:15pm –  Dinner

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
7:30am – 10:00am – Breakfast
11:00am –  Checkout

Please note: The schedule of events is subject to change.

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

No refunds will be provided within 90 days of the event. All photos courtesy of Biltmore Estate.