Join Interweave Escapes in Deerfield, Massachusetts August 23 – 26, 2018 with Instructor Kate Atherley

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 setting.

On August 23 – 26, 2018 Interweave Escapes is traveling to historic Deerfield, Massachusetts to enjoy this exclusive event. We will be staying at the historic Deerfield Inn for a one-of-a kind, all inclusive knitting getaway. There will be two workshops from Kate Atherley, delicious gourmet meals, a special event hosted by WEBS – America’s Yarn Store, a personal tour of the Leyden Glen Farm which is home to Kristin Nicholas, and a Private tour of Historic Deerfield focusing on Textiles. Join us for an amazing weekend amid the beauty of Massachusetts, August 23 – 26, 2018.

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About the Deerfield Inn

Discover our historic Deerfield, MA hotel on the tree-lined, mile long Old Main Street, adorned by gorgeous homes from the 18th and 19th-century, two schools, and three working farms. This most rural part of Massachusetts is the heart of colonial America, and seems to have risen from the surrounding landscape of cornfields, rivers, and hills giving it a true sense of place. The impact of the continuum of our past into the present is imbued in every flagstone, every brick, every clapboard building, and the 1774 liberty pole flying its flag of freedom. This is the best documented small town in America, and we can look out from the front porch of our inn and point out to you the reasons why when you come to stay with us.

The Deerfield Inn is central to the legacy of the village: built as a small hotel in 1884 and welcoming gentlefolk on horse and by carriage from then to now. Then guests could come by a tram that stopped right outside, and now they come by car and bike to enjoy a scene that remains very like the one traveler Benjamin Silliman would have seen in the 1800s when he noted the “luxuriant and beautiful country” and was pleased to be “comfortably lodged in a good inn, just in time to visit, before dark, a very interesting antiquity.”

Our historic Massachusetts hotel with its excellent farm to fork restaurant and tavern, embracing wing chairs, warming fireplaces, white rockers and bright Adirondack chairs, and constant spirit of serenity, peace, and welcome, continues to offer travelers a sweet respite from the hectic and busy bustle that lies beyond our own made-in-America Brigadoon. We also have the perfect location for fairytale Deerfield, Massachusetts weddings.


What You’ll Learn

Custom Mittens with Kate Atherley
Winter will be coming! It’s never too early in the year to prep for the cold weather. We’ll show you how to create a custom mitten – regular or fingerless! – for any hand, and any yarn. Use up your stash and keep your friends and family warm. Along the way we’ll share tips for making hand-mittens as warm and possible – from yarn choice to lining strategies, and help you deal with problem areas like ill-fitting or holey thumbs.

Length: 3 hours

Skill Level: Knitters should be comfortable working in the round,  DPNs experience not required.

The Circular Pi Shawl with Kate Atherley
The circular Pi shawl is a fabulous and fascinating project, and it’s a great way to expand your lace knitting skills. It’s also very easy to customize, and works well with any weight of yarn. Use one of our standard templates, or create your own one-of-a-kind lace piece. If you’ve got a favourite lace stitch pattern, bring it – and I’ll provide lots for you to choose from. I’ll show you the magical circular beginning, and demonstrates several clever and easy finishes, including the no-cast-off, blocking-friendly crochet edging.

Length: 3 hours

Skill Level: Intermediate level knitters; lace experience not necessary knitters should be comfortable knitting in the round.

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About Your Knitting Instructor

Kate Atherley
Kate is a mathematician and refugee from the technology industry.

She learned to knit at a young age from her immensely talented grandmother, Hilda. However, her immersion in knitting didn’t take full hold until after university, when she found herself with lots of spare time and a yarn shop around the corner. Kate started with knitting socks, then designing socks, and today, she’s a knitting teacher, designer, technical editor and author. Her latest book, Knit Mitts: Your Hand-y Guide to Knitting Mittens and Gloves was published in 2017.

An accomplished author and expert teacher, with more than 12 years’ experience teaching at local yarn shops, guild gatherings, retreats and large-scale events. All classes include high-quality handouts. Technique classes are a lively mix of discussion, demonstration and hands- on practice, with individual attention and guidance provided.

Additional Excursions

Special Event at the Home of Kristin Nicholas

Meet and Greet with Kristin Nicholas and guided tour her colorful, handmade, patterned home.

Be inspired as we venture into her world of color, creativity, knitting, crochet, embroidery, stitching, farming, and life! Journey through decorative and handmade house,the outdoor pottery studio and shed, recently decorated and featured in her new book Crafting a Patterned Home .

“Thirty-something years ago, my not yet husband and I bought 4 Romney lambs from a farmer in Tunbridge, Vermont. We named them Putney, Frieda, Addie, and Betsy. My family and I now live on our working sheep farm in western Massachusetts – Leyden Glen Farm. We and our sheep have birthed thousands of lambs. Our indispensable Border Collie Kate helps with the sheep and the 5 farm cats keep everyone in line. Outside over 300 sheep (they don’t have names anymore) graze and pro-create, chickens peck, and our guard animals – 2 Great Pyrenees Guard Dogs named Beau and Sadie, attempt to keep the wild critters away from the sheep.”

The farmhouse was built in 1751 and Kristin lives here with her husband Mark and daughter Julia. Over the last 20 years, she has used the farmhouse as her canvas. It is hand painted with pattern and various decorative painting techniques. The walls are layered with vines, flowers, mosaics, and birds. The decor is layered with handmade textiles from all over the world. Many of the textiles have been handmade by Kristin using knitting, crochet, embroidery, and stitching. Outside the farmhouse next to the

garden, Kristin has a small pottery shed that she uses to make her own handmade and painted ceramics.

Be inspired as we venture into her world of color, creativity, knitting, crochet, embroidery, stitching, farming, and life! Journey through the decorative and handmade house, the outdoor pottery studio and shed, and see the many projects featured in her new book Crafting a Patterned Home .

Kristin is the Knitting Expert on PBS’s Knit and Crochet Now. She has appeared on Martha Stewart Living TV and on other DIY television shows on PBS and cable networks.

Trip to WEBS – America’s Yarn Store

Spend the afternoon shopping at America’s Yarn Store! Webs will be hosting a special event for our trip with refreshments.

WEBS – America’s Yarn Store is located in the picturesque Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. A second-generation, family-owned business, WEBS has been the destination for knitters, weavers and spinners for over 40 years.

WEBS was founded in 1974 by Barbara Elkins and her then business partner Donna Muller and was solely focused on teaching weaving and renting looms. The business was initially located in Barbara’s basement. After eight years, Donna sold her share of the business to Barbara.

In 1984, WEBS moved out of the Elkins’ basement and to its first storefront on Main Street in Amherst. WEBS moved again, only three years later, to a larger Victorian House on Kellogg Ave in Amherst. During those years of growth, Barbara added knitting yarns, WEBS’ permanent weaving lines, and hired Art full-time into the business upon his retirement as a professor at UMASS. Together they discovered mail order and sent out the company’s first set of “samples”. Customer orders soon followed.


Private tour of Historic Deerfield focusing on Textiles

Historic Deerfield, Inc., is an outdoor museum that interprets the history and culture of early New England and the Connecticut River Valley. The 18th and 19th-century houses of the village, many on their original site and filled with antique furnishings, reveal the lifestyles of Deerfielders from the time of the first English settlement to the Arts and Crafts Movement in the early 20th century.

The Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery showcases Historic Deerfield’s important collection of fashion, needlework, and domestic textiles. Considered one of the finest collections in America, the collection contains items dating from the late 17th-century through the mid-20th century.

The Frary House built circa 1750, depicts the Colonial Revival home of Miss C. Alice Baker, as restored in the 1890s with New England antiques, Arts and Crafts needlework, ironware and basketry. Today Miss Baker’s home (Frary House) interprets the village’s active Arts and Crafts movement, her antiquarian pursuits, and her role in fostering the Colonial Revival in Deerfield.



Starting at just $1,895 per person (for double occupancy), this extremely limited event includes lodging at Deerfield Inn, all meals, workshops, WEBS Special Event, a private tour at the Leyden Glen Farm home of Kristen Nicholas for a personal tour inside her life of color, ending with a private tour of Historic Deerfield focusing on Textiles, and a gift bag. All taxes and gratuities are also included.

Schedule of Events

Thursday August 23, 2018

3:00pm – Check-in at the Deerfield Inn
5:30pm – Welcome reception
6:15pm – Dinner at the Deerfield Inn

Friday August 24, 2018

7:30 – 8:30am – Breakfast
9:00am – 12:00pm – Knitting Workshop with Kate Atherley
12:15 – 1:15pm – Lunch
Spend the afternoon at WEBS – America’s Yarn Store – WEBS will be hosting a Special Event
6:00pm – Dinner

Saturday August 25, 2018

7:30 – 8:30am – Breakfast
9:00am– 12:00pm – Knitting Workshop with Kate Atherley
12:00 – 1:00pm – Lunch
Spend the afternoon at the Leyden Glen Farm home of Kristen Nicholas for a personal tour inside her life of color!
6:00pm – Dinner

Sunday August 26, 2018

7:30 – 9:30am – Breakfast
11:30am – Checkout of the Deerfield Inn
10:15am – 12:15pm – Private tour of Historic Deerfield focusing on Textiles

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

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

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