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We are still touring North America, so our blog posts are a bit shorter now, due to all the work we are doing “on the road”.

One of the most asked questions we have been getting throughout our tour is: “Will you still post videos regularly on YouTube, while you are in the USA/Canada?” And the answer is always: “Yes!” We get together with our team 5 weekends per year and record 16 episodes per weekend… There is lots of preparations involved for each recording session, but once we get together, since we know exactly what we are doing, we are extremely efficient as soon as the lighting and cameras are on!

At the time of writing, we have episodes to last us until the end of February 2020. The only episode we will be recording after we get home from our tour is the podcast that we will be doing for 4th of advent, where we sum up 2019.

Check out some of the other questions we get asked below:

Next week, we start our Christmas episodes, we recorded them just before we took the decorations down, in early January 2019…

OTHER NEWS THIS WEEK:

Dream Knitting Cruise from Sydney to New Zealand. Yes!!! We are delighted to announce that we are returning to Australia and visiting New Zealand in 2020. Join us for this amazing 12 day, 11 night Knitting Cruise that departs from Sydney on March 27th, 2020 and visits all the amazing sights in New Zealand! More information is available here and here.

SOLD OUT – EXTRA “KNITTING UNDER THE NORTHERN LIGHTS” CRUISE! Due to the incredible popularity of our knitting cruises in Norway, we are hereby pleased to announce an additional Northern Lights Knitting cruise in March 2020! This cruise will be very special since it will actually start up in the far north of Norway, in Kirkenes – where the group will have a wonderful pre cruise experience of Arctic life in Norway (with even more chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis) before the cruise starts on its southbound voyage to Bergen, the main city of southwestern Norway. In Bergen we have also included a post cruise experience for you, to make sure you get the most out of your Norway adventure! The cruise will take place from March 8-16, 2020.  This cruise is now sold out. A new cruise will be announced soon!

IN OUR WEBSHOP THIS WEEK: We hope you enjoy knitting the SIA, the Christmas Star and our Christmas Stocking! Check out our webshop for loads of inspiring patterns!

ENJOY!

 

    • Claire Somero on November 25, 2019 at 3:07 am

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    I hope you enjoy New England! Sad i will not get to be there. I hope your travels are blessed.

    • Tracie Barrett on November 25, 2019 at 3:20 am

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    Will you be coming to visit Orlando Florida? Enjoy your visits and Happy Thanksgiving to you both.

    • Tina on November 25, 2019 at 3:23 am

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    Where can your fabric be purchased in USA.

    • EVIE AGUIA on November 25, 2019 at 3:48 am

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    Thank you.
    I wanted to know the difference between knitting a stitch, when the needle enters the front of the loop -vs- the back of the loop?

      • FriedaKnits on November 25, 2019 at 10:02 am

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      The easy answer is bottom of the stitch gets twisted. This can help make a springier ribbing and a bit more decorative.

      For some people who might purl so that the stitch is presented with the left part of the stitch in the front of the needle, you would knit through the back loop so that the stitch is not twisted. Combination knitting. You could look that up.

    • Miriam Cromwell on November 25, 2019 at 5:34 am

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    Thank you for a great workshop Sunday afternoon in Fredericksburg VA.

    Travel safely

    • Sheri Nylund on November 25, 2019 at 6:24 am

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    In the past you have spoke of taking the bug and the picnic blanket on an adventure visiting some of your favorite spots where you live. What about a vblog of one or more of these adventures? Freya could tell the story or have a part in the production?!

    • Shirley Whitton on November 25, 2019 at 6:36 am

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    Hello from Brisbane, Australia…..

    My daughter and I enjoy your updates when I visit her. Enjoyed the update on your dolls’ house when I visited last week.

    Loved the episode where you took us around your beautiful property…..

    • Ernie Foulenfont on November 25, 2019 at 7:18 am

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    I too like to use dpn’s but have so much trouble casting on and with the first row. I have resorted to the (bad) habit of knitting the first rows straight and then seaming later. THEN I transfer to dpn’s. Example: The ribbing on top-down sox.

      • Ena Stasiak on November 25, 2019 at 10:26 am

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      I cast on on a straight needle then start on dp’s !! Hope this helps. X

        • Mona on November 27, 2019 at 9:54 pm

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        I do the same and it works wonderfully. I also cast on using a size larger needle than
        will be used for ribbing. It prevents any tightness of the cast on stitches.

    • Suzanne Shirey on November 25, 2019 at 10:03 am

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    Thank you for your great update! I just watched your video while enjoying my morning coffee. Both of you are such a pleasure to wake up to!

    • Catherine B Khalili on November 25, 2019 at 1:01 pm

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    I loved the 3 classes I took with you in Fredericksburg, VA. I am enjoying the knit and purl you taught. You two are a delight to be around.
    Catherine Khalili

    • Carol on November 25, 2019 at 2:26 pm

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    I, too, am a collector of books: crafts, needlepoint, crochet, knitting, gardening, home interiors, etc. I buy OLD. They are much more useful and interesting designs. Even fiction: I buy old. Anything before 1950. I love the sweaters you have on this video, gray/green and black/grey. Enjoy your straighforwardness and humor

    • grete klingenberg on November 25, 2019 at 3:02 pm

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    it is like back in Norway when I listen to you two. And it so good to see that the are others with a messy house! If you are still in the US, will you be in Pennsylvania? I have been knitting since i was five i believe, but i am still learning. I am taking on more and more difficult patterns. but mostly I create my own. Do you think it is a crime to make an old Islender into a vest???? It used to be my fathers, so probably 60ish year old. It is too small as it is now. I would hekle some nice edges.
    enjoy the US and Happy Thanksgiving. Mange hilsen Grete Klingenberg jeg vokste opp i Brumunddal!

    • Janet ANDERSON on November 25, 2019 at 8:38 pm

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    Favoritt amerikansk by?

    • Alison Johnson on November 25, 2019 at 8:39 pm

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    Is there a mailing address for you? Can something be maied thru your publisher? I was going to mail a little note to you, prior to your visit in Seattle, but I couldn’t find an address. I really enjoyed the Nordic Knitting Conference in Seattle. I was unable to come to the “meet and greet” and too nervous to really say “Hello” to you in the hallways. Thanks.

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      Allison, if you are local to the Seattle area and would like to continue the good feeling from the Nordic Knitting Conference please join our welcoming group that meets monthly at the museum to knit, crochet, or any fiber making activity. It’s the first Sunday, 1-4 pm. All levels, Nordic knitting not required. You can check on it on Ravelry in the Nordic Museum group. Hope to see you soon.

    • Shirley Beard on November 25, 2019 at 8:50 pm

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    My question is about needles also. You tell us that you knit sweaters in the round on circular needles now. But when you first learned to knit sweaters, Arne, did you have circular needles? Did your mother and Grandmother use circular needles as well?

    • MeMe Fraser on November 25, 2019 at 9:01 pm

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    Would like to see a video of you two decorating your house for Christmas. That would be fun lol. Make sure you have a glass of wine when you do it.

    • Karen Liddell on November 25, 2019 at 10:21 pm

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    When will you come to Shetland wool week we would love to see you. There are so many talented knitters here and it would be good to see you with them.

    • Joana @ Vancouver on November 25, 2019 at 11:25 pm

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    I would love to learn more about your Northern Lights cruise. Thank you.

    • Rebecca Wood on November 26, 2019 at 2:27 am

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    Are any of your designs inspired by traditional textiles in Valdres?

    • Pam harris on November 26, 2019 at 2:56 am

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    Your reveal…16 episodes in a weekend caught me by surprise. How in the world do you manage to make each one feel so fresh?!?!?

    • Mary Schartner on November 26, 2019 at 3:07 am

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    Anything? How did your families react when they learned you were gay? You are such a good couple.

    • Pam on November 26, 2019 at 3:59 am

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    In all the years that you have been together what has been the greatest project you have worked that gave you the most joy ?
    PS. I adore you both and appreciate you sharing your world with us ❤️

    • Racine Jackson on November 29, 2019 at 5:41 pm

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    I would like to know how to knit a pet jacket using Rowena sock yarn. Thank you Racine

    • Liana Cole on November 30, 2019 at 2:03 am

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    Hi … I have a question about your Tuva sweater, Rowan New Nordic pattern. Do I knit the sweater on the round or just use straight needles. I am a new knitter and absolutely love your stuff. I met u guys in Armstrong, BC Canada and will be seeing you on the Australian cruise.

    • Elena on November 30, 2019 at 7:19 pm

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    Hi Guys, love your videos. I have not been able to find your pattern for the hat Arne knitted in 1 1/2 hour. Cannot find pattern nor chart.

    • Nancy Dussault on December 1, 2019 at 12:05 am

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    M’y daugther Ask me as a gifs 2 if your Christmas stocking last year .
    She is so proud to expose them now!
    Thanks to you two 💋🤗

    • Marlene Larkins on December 1, 2019 at 4:10 pm

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    Love you guys. Please stay safe, keep warm and get your rest!

    Marlene Larkins
    Charleston, SC

    • Louise on December 5, 2019 at 5:26 am

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    i dont understand thé technique for thé beautiful mitten can you help me

    • Charlotte Shaw on December 7, 2019 at 5:41 pm

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    How do you block/steam Selbu mittens? Thank you, enjoy your trip!

    • Jennifer on December 7, 2019 at 5:56 pm

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    I just love you guys! I’m fairly new to knitting and there’s nothing I enjoy more than having my tea, picking up my knitting needles and knitting and watching your you tube videos – I loved the garden tour – You guys are the BEST company – I’ve also ordered a couple patterns !

    • Gwen on December 12, 2019 at 1:57 am

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    I taught myself how to knit and crochet and read patterns. As i am always a learner, there are a couple of questions i have. 1. Is there a special reason to use long tail cast on. 2. I read that there are 2 type of stitch making in knitting. One is European that each stitch made has the yarn going counter clockwise. So I looked at the way I make my stitches, Since as much as I try I cannot get Arne’s way of holding my yarn… I throw my yarn – the English way mostly. When I do, I find I do the counterclockwise for the knit stitch and clockwise for the purl stitch. As I am self-taught, this amazes me. I still get stitches that look correct, but I am confused… Especially since, I knit English and purl European. Sigh… Will I ever discover how my brain works….

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