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Knitting to Keep Our Sanity During Isolation Due to the Corona Virus!

We are writing our blogpost from the kitchen table today, during our second day in quarantine. We are sure that most of you are aware of the daily podcast that we plan to start, as well as the knit along that we are working on sharing with all of you and which we hope will help us all keep our sanity during this terrible time! If not, click here to read our statement.

We will send an email to our entire list as well as post on social media (Facebook and Instagram) as soon as our first episode of our new, daily podcast is live. We are aiming for tomorrow Monday March 16th at 6pm Central European Time. We will do a daily “quarantine” podcast from Monday to Friday for the duration of our period indoors and of course, continue posting our regular episodes every Sunday at the usual time.

Also, because this is a knitalong, we have opened a Facebook group that you can join here. In this group, you will be able to post your progress for everyone to see.

We are looking forward to having you join our group!

This week on our channel, we show you a few different ways to decrease when knitting hats. Check out the video here:


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And in our webshop, you can get patterns for 5 hats with different decreases. Click on the photo to access all five hats. the can also be accessed individually, by clicking  here.

So, we are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow for the first episode of our Quarantine Podcast!



CALENDAR of EVENTS (Until further notice):

All our events in March and April 2020 have been cancelled due to the current world situation! We are so sorry that we won’t be able to follow through, but we hope to reschedule to a later date in 2020 or 2021. 

As for all our scheduled events starting in June 2020 and onwards: We are monitoring the situation closely and will take the necessary measures to move the events to a later date in 2020 or 2021, if necessary! If you are booked on our Garden tour in the U.K from June 4th -10th or on our Knitting Cruise from September 11th – 24th, and are considering to cancel, we kindly ask you to please contact our Travel Agency before cancelling, to discuss the options available.


June 4 – 10, 2020:  English Stately Homes, Gardens and Knitting in the U.K. (sold out)

September 11 – 24, 2020: Knitting Along the Most Beautiful Coastline in the World, Onboard the Norwegian Coastal Express, Norway. The classic roundtrip. (Only one spot left. Click here for more)

October 9-12, 2020: Knitting retreat in Tono, Japan. Priority will be given to local knitters from the Tohoku area and to members of the ARNE & CARLOS Fan Club JAPAN.

November 5 – 16, 2020: Join us on a fabulous Safari, Mohair and Knitting Tour in South Africa! This will truly be a once in a life time experience and something that is on many people’s bucket list! Click here for more.

    • Caren on March 16, 2020 at 1:29 am


    Stay well, create and be cozy. Nice meeting you in Seattle before it became the epicenter of Corona virus.

    • Barbara Molenda on March 16, 2020 at 2:59 am


    Dear Arnie and Carlos and Freya,

    Good to have a break at home . It is probably safer in the mountain air so enjoy some time to relax and take stock of everything.

    I was booked for the New Zealand trip but I think the amazing Jo will manage another very similar one later in the year, so i look forward to that. I am 84 so have to keep in training to stay for the next trip:-)

    Somehow I usually manage to miss the live podcast but can always see it later. The daily live ones might be easier to catch for me.

    Thanks for all that you do just by being good on line friends to the vast family that has come together from all over the planet. I once noticed when flying overseas at night you could just see a few lights below and I did not notice any borders at all. Just as there are no borders in the Arne and Carlos world, just beautiful design ideas.

    Cheers from Melbourne,

    Barbara Molenda

      • Alma Golding on March 19, 2020 at 2:42 am


      Hi Barbara – Greetings from Mount Gambier, South Australia. I’m 84, too, and a CrossfitForLife gym person but I’m self-quarantining until the worst of the COVID19 trouble is over. I’m starting the KAL Quarantine Knitting this afternoon. That means I have to really sit down and work at it. It will be my first knitting for the year – I’ve been handstitching hexagons and journalling all summer. Good luck for booking on the next New Zealand cruise, if possible. Wishing you safe and good health – Alma Golding.

    • Joyce Hertzoff on March 16, 2020 at 3:09 am


    We can all use this forced stay at home to work on our many projects and learn new things. Your podcasts and posts have been both entertaining and informative. Thank you Arne and Carlos.

    • Nicky on March 16, 2020 at 3:30 am


    Thank you for this! Looking forward to the projects.

    • Brenda on March 16, 2020 at 3:45 am


    Thank you Arne and Carlos for your encouraging words. Your weekly posts are most appreciated. You are an inspiration for many.

    I live in Seattle and my husband and I are taking the social distancing seriously. We have stopped going to the gym and gathering with friends. We have been married close to 46 years and are trying to put together a jigsaw puzzle. This is a first for us. Not sure if it is the puzzle or our temperament but we might just kill each other. But, I won’t do that before I hide a few pieces…

    Wishing you good health,

    Brenda (your student from many classes at the Nordic Knitting Conference)

    • Emily on March 16, 2020 at 4:12 am


    Thank you for a bit of cheer during this season of tumult. 💙

    • Emily DeJan on March 16, 2020 at 5:45 am


    Dear Arne and Carlos,
    Thank you for your considerate attention to your family of fans and followers. It is so cosy to watch you and knit, learning new things and reinforcing good habits. You are like dear friends and your home feels as comfortable to me as my own. I will be watching you with gusto every day and knitting or crocheting along!

    • Barbara Simpson on March 16, 2020 at 7:56 am


    Sounds such a positive idea, as with anything, if I start it, so I’ll finish it!!!!!
    My first item finished an Arab cardi. Now doing a hobby hat.
    Wool and pattern ordered, so excited for its arrival.
    Stay safe and Healthy.
    Keep Knitting x

    • Jane on March 16, 2020 at 11:53 am


    Brilliant idea! Looking forward to joining in and using the stash.
    Keep safe and happy everyone!

    • Karen V Fechter on March 16, 2020 at 3:28 pm


    Dear Arne and Carlos,

    My heart goes out to you in these difficult days of your being quarantined at home. I love your videos and I will continue to look to you for more tutorials as well as more shows about your vintage sweater collection. I love the historical references to traditional Norwegian or Scandinavian methods, patterns, wools, lifestyle etc. Would love to hear you interview other Scandinavian knitwear designers and influencers.

    Have a wonderful day.


    • Helen on March 16, 2020 at 3:50 pm


    Hi, I love knitting & I have subscribed to your site. However, I am deaf & would humorously appreciate subtitles to your audio videos.
    I am 70, & I have decided to self isolate myself. At the moment I am knitting a bubble stitch beanie.
    Looking forward to learning new knitting ‘techniques.’
    Yours clicking,

    • Marisa on March 16, 2020 at 3:53 pm


    Gracias. Se está haciendo largo. Tejer ayuda siempre esta lucha es de todos

    • Kathy on March 16, 2020 at 4:07 pm


    Cannot wait for the knit along. Stay well!

    • Carmeltia on March 16, 2020 at 5:53 pm


    Stay sane and well until this whole thing is over. We’ve had panic buying of various things here in Canada. I wondered if the wool shops had been similarly cleared out. Never fear! I have a stash that should keep me going for a while. Keep calm and knit on!

    • Joan on March 16, 2020 at 6:37 pm


    Greetings from North Carolina! I feel like I’m in quarantine as all of my gigs have been cancelled (I’m a violinist), so I suppose that I can feel a little bit of what you are experiencing. Hang in there! I have quite a few WIPs/UFOs to keep me busy (including your wonderful Hedvig design), but I’ll be tuning in to your podcasts every day. Thanks for all that you do!

    • Wanda on March 16, 2020 at 9:58 pm


    Hello from Toronto, Canada. We too are shut down. I just came across your truly wonderful knit
    Get together. Wonderful idea. GoD Bless both of you and stay safe…….keep on knitting!😊☕️

    • Joan on March 16, 2020 at 10:11 pm


    I recently saw this and thought, oh, yes! “Knitters and Crocheters, Do not fear self quarantine. This is what we’ve been training for! “

    • Joanne Cyr on March 16, 2020 at 11:48 pm


    What a great idea. Sounds like a fun event I am looking forward to your daily podcast. I am from Canada. Keep Well.

    • Becky Wahl on March 17, 2020 at 12:58 am


    Hi this is Becky from Maryland again. What is the one Norwegian word you taught us on the ship? I can’t remember it.

    I love your show for today. I have my yarn ready.

    • Avani on March 17, 2020 at 1:17 pm


    Namaste from India. STUDIO aVni would be happy to host you sometimes in future. Stay connected. All the Best.

    • ann l rennie on March 17, 2020 at 4:38 pm


    You put such a smile on my face. what a great idea. I have been knitting like crazy on a sweater and it is almost finished. I have sox on the needles and will find more to knit as the days to by. Here in western MA with the snow comming down and I do not have to go anywhere. keep being a positive influance on the world. Thanks

    • Andrea on March 17, 2020 at 11:09 pm


    Hi how do you put a photo on as I am not on Facebook or Instagram please?

    • Barbara P H on March 19, 2020 at 3:47 pm


    Hi Arne and Carlos
    I am so enjoying the quarantine squares. How have you got a peek at my stash as so far I am able to knit the squares in the same colours( although I know I could put my own interpretation on them). I am also in my 80’s and did meet you both once at “Lady Sew and Sew” in Henley, England. You both kick started me on the way to more adventurous knitting and have completed several of your patterns and others. Looking forward to Kal no 4.
    Thanks so much

    • Sigrid on March 20, 2020 at 5:07 am


    Hi Arne and Carlos, I am Norwegian and live in Montreal. Since I have been knitting a lot since I put myself in volontary isolation five days ago, I have finished several projects that had been lying around for almost two years. In the meantime I had knitted lots of other things, but these few projects did not inspire me, so I always put them off. Now I am serious. Since the weekened, I have finished two pairs of socks and one sock of a third pair, a scarf, two pairs of Selbu mittens, a decorative heart, a scarf and two headbands. Not bad, eh?

    I should also tell you that I have knitted around 100 julekuler since I got your book of patterns a few years ago. Next on my list of projects: en kirkekofte from the church where I was baptized and confirmed (Berg kirke i Østfold. – OOps, det heter vel ikke Østfold lenger, altså Viken!)

    Long live knitting to keep one sane. Great initiative on your part!

    • Janet Bold on March 23, 2020 at 7:37 pm


    Hi, I’m having problems printing out block no.6. Last week it worked perfectly but this week the chart comes out blank.🤔 Thanks to you two I’ve learnt a new technic and am hooked! xx

    • Blou on March 24, 2020 at 8:20 pm


    Hello from the UK.
    You know, there are some positive things happening where I am as a result of the current crisis – the sky has been blue and not criss-crossed with vapour trails, the daily drone of the nearby traffic has decreased and I’m sure the air smells fresher.
    I’m just about to start number one of the quarantine patterns. I’ve been knitting my first shawl collar and I need a distraction . . . .🥴

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    • Barbara Davis on March 27, 2020 at 5:58 am


    Greetings from New Zealand! Your YouTube Podcast was shared with me by a friend in the US. We are in Day 2 of lockdown here. I look forward to your other posts. I crochet and do not knit, but I look forward to the fellowship and I will forward to other knitters.

    We have beautiful yarns here! (eh, maybe better than Australia!) Let me know if you plan to visit.

    Kind regards,
    Barbara Davis

    • Judy Cole on April 2, 2020 at 4:43 pm


    Hello Arne and Carlos,

    Thank You for taking time to share with me and the world an enjoyable few moments a day in this time of Covid-19. You have started some thing big, really big, an example of living healthy lives and keeping busy and making the best of what we have during an unusual and uncertain time.

    What is the best way to get copies of your daily patterns? My time is spent finishing a semester at BSU, online, Poetry class. Although I’m collecting supplies to try your knitted squares, to knit, after the first week of May. These squares have inspired me to try two color knitting. I’ve liked the posts I’ve seen on FB and shared. My friends like them, too.

    May you rewards be a fabulous garden of wild flowers this year.

    My Best, Judy in Idaho, USA

    • Naneen on April 16, 2020 at 5:04 pm


    I am so very happy to hear that you’re on the mend. The virus has kept us “sheltering in place” for the past month and your Christmas ball book has been my salvation. I too think “Christmas “ year round. I only found your blog when I ordered the book in February. Please take care of yourselves. Sending good thoughts and prayers to you both.

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