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Let’s talk about crocheting petals for our Hedvig throw, new yarns and the release of our tour schedule.

We are almost ready to release our North American tour schedule, which will be sent out by email sometime during Tuesday July 2nd, so if you are not on our mailing list but wish to receive the schedule, you really need to get on our list now!! You can do so by popping your email address in the opt in box that you see on the top right side of this page.

Now let’s talk about yarn innovation and the heatwave in Europe!

We spent 3 days attending Pitti Filati in Florence this week and at its hottest, it was about 40 degrees Celcius / 105 Fahrenheit outside. It wasn’t the most pleasant stay we’ve had in Florence due to this high temperature, as it was almost impossible to be outdoors, especially on the hottest day of the week, which was this past Thursday June 27th. In any case, we got our job done and where delighted to return home to a more comfortable temperature of 25 degrees Celcius / 77 Fahrenheit!

Fall / Winter 2020 is going to be colourful!

For those of you who don’t know what Pitti Filati is, it’s a trade show for professionals in the yarn industry, not only for hand knitting but also ready-to-wear. This is were all the big brands meet their suppliers and manufacturers and look for new yarns. So, you will have buyers from apparel brands like Kenzo, Hugo Boss, Gucci, H&M as well as buyers from hand knitting brands like Rowan and Regia attending the show. In addition, the show also attracts designers like ourselves, who go to spend a few days looking for colour trends as well as innovation and development within the yarn industry. For us, it’s always interesting to go to Pitti to look at what’s going on in the yarn world but it is also lots of fun, as we get to meet old friends from our past life in the fashion industry as well as our new friends in the hand knitting industry.

We always enjoy looking at innovation and interesting yarns amongst suppliers. There was a lot to see at Pitti, as always, but the thing that stood out to us the most are the companies who are working on new technology and ways to manufacture yarns in a more sustainable way. We were looking at yarns that are treated with eco-friendly substances to deliver wool without the use chlorine, yarns that were manufactured using a dry process that does not consume any water in the manufacturing and treatment phases and yarns that are made from recycling other yarns. In our humble opinion, sustainability is the future and the only way to go! We hope that more and more manufacturers will start looking at eco-friendly ways to treat yarns and we hope that super washed yarns will be a thing of the past, now that it is already technically possible to use a dry process treatment that uses electricity and air to deliver machine washable Merino wool, something a few suppliers have already started using. And, electricity could/should come from solar panels, which would also be a more sustainable. The fact that treatments can be done without wasting water – which is our most precious resource – is also very exciting!

In this week’s episode, we are moving down to our green house, to crochet the petal of the flowers for our HEDVIG throw and show exactly how it’s done, as many people who got the pattern have been asking us for this. Also, we really needed to record this episode, because when we posted the Crochet Throw Podcast which is NOT a tutorial (it is knitting/crochet radio) we got a lot of new viewers who were very upset at the speed we were working on the project, as they thought it was a tutorial. But, the whole point of our knitting/crochet radio is to listen to us, as you work on your own project. And since we want the podcasts to be maximum 1.5 hours, we need to go fast!

In any case, we felt we needed to do this episode, to explain the difference between a tutorial and a podcast – at least in the ARNE & CARLOS universe – and to help people out who may be struggling with the petal. Anyway, we hope you will enjoy this episode and go pick up a crochet hook and make some flowers!! The pattern is available here.

Programming note: July is holiday month in Norway, and even if we plan to spend most of July at home, we will be slightly less active on the blog. We will continue to post videos on a weekly basis, as usual. We will take a break now and we will skip next week  here on the blog but will be back with a new post on July 14th.

We wish you a great Summer and a happy 4th of July to all our American friends!!

ARNE & CARLOS

Crocheting flowers for a place mat version of the Hedvig throw, this time using Catania in 100% cotton.

 

Calendar of events (click on links for more info)

August 15th – 19th, 2019: Tour some of Britain’s most stunning gardens together with us. In addition to visiting some seriously beautiful gardens in the Cotswolds, we have tickets to Prince Charles’ Garden at his private residence, Highgrove. These tickets are almost impossible to come by, so this is a unique chance! There is 1 spot available. We are SO excited about this trip!! More information is available here.

September 19th – 22nd. Fanø Knit Festival, Denmark. We will attend and teach at Fanø Knit Festival in Denmark this year! Click here for more information and here to sign up for our knitted dolls class.

October 24-27, 2019: Retreat in Taos with Vogue Knitting.  SOLD OUT!

March 3rd – 9th, 2020: “Knitting under the Northern Lights”. Cruise along the stunning Norwegian coast. SOLD OUT but waiting list is available. More information is available here.

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.

Check out our online store for great patterns!

 

    • Kristal on July 1, 2019 at 6:10 am

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    What kind of animal is that jumping up and down behind the screen in Arne’s side? Your dog? A cat? a giant squirrel? A ghost…?
    The jumping starts around minute 5.18 and goes on for a few minutes.
    I like your videos, they are very relaxing. I knit exactly like Arne, and I taught myself when I was 9 years old, from one of my mother’s magazines. My mother knitted in different style, not throwing though, and told me that my way was wrong.

      • Rosalyn Schultze on July 1, 2019 at 2:13 pm

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      I don’t think it is an animal. It appears to be the shadow of a person (cameraman) reflected in the window. Arne and Carlos–am I incorrect?

        • Kristal on July 2, 2019 at 4:53 am

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        Thank you for replying Rosalyn, It does look like a person. Although, I sort of saw it had a cat’s or monkey’s tail. Hahahaha!

    • Arlene Shipper on July 1, 2019 at 6:23 am

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    So enjoyable. As soon as I finish knitting this baby dress I am going to look for your crochet hooks and make some flowers!

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    Oh Arne and Carlos, How silly are some people. Do they NOT know that there is a pause button, and of course they hadn’t LISTENED at the start -this was NOT a tutorial, it was a podcast. So, I bought the pattern anyway as I’m a crocheter but you really did so it slowly but you can’t please everyone! In fact, hearing how mad people were has just made me laugh to be honest. But, you are so kind and considerate to them. let’s make flowers Love Lu x

    • adriana ruud on July 1, 2019 at 7:56 am

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    Hi guys! I bought the pattern and I’m crocheting the flowers, quite easy they are I have to say. I have already crocheted more than 80. I saw the video as well, entertaining as usual. As you are going to do the tutorial, could you please show a little of how to do the joining for the throw in addition to the flowers itself? I would be delighted and many others too, I guess. Thanks for your videos, books and all your work. You are amazing people!
    Adriana fra Røyse

    • Pamela G. Bonifacio on July 1, 2019 at 2:09 pm

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    Last week I returned from a 12 day trip to Denmark, Norway and Sweden…..beautiful countries, beautiful people and I even found two beautiful knit shops. At the first one in Norway I bought five skeins of Nordlys yarn…..three for socks and two for a shawl. On Saturday, June 22nd, we went to the Midsummer Fair in Sweden. Now looking forward to getting back to your videos.

    • sandra Kneeland on July 1, 2019 at 2:11 pm

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    Just wanted to say I had so much fun on the Norway cruise at the end of May Both of you were so much fun and a joy to be with. I now watch your podcast every week and I am learning so much You both are a joy to watch Keep up the good work Thanks Sandy Kneeland

    • Cassie nix on July 1, 2019 at 5:40 pm

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    The only Spanish I know is from flamenco class when my teacher was always yelling at me. So in my wee mind imma thinking maybe podcast and tutorial are pronounced the same way in Spanish… No? Mutters a bad word in Spanish which is the only thing I remember from flamenco class. Anyway, I just made a granny with the same petal except I did not know how to make it and just winged it. Haha, your tutorial would have been really useful then but still so informative now. Thank you for making the video!

    • Linda on July 1, 2019 at 9:20 pm

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    Hi Arne and Carlos. You two are the most fun. My 22 yr. old granddaughter saw you, and she thinks you are “cute”. I am woking on the easiest sock’s in the world, and they are! I love everything you do/have done. Such joy! Keep up the great work, and don’t let the complaints get you down. Hoping to start flowers soon. Love to you both!

    • Lisa on July 2, 2019 at 10:01 pm

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    Hello Arne & Carlos!

    I’m having a hard time finding the yarn recommended for this project, Schachenmayr Merino Extra Fine 120. Using the link you provide for purchases in the USA, that vendor only has two colors. What??? And when I search in general, the other vendors don’t show the range of colors that you used in your beautiful throw. I can only find variegated yarn which obviously won’t be best for this project. Suggestions or equivalent substitutions?

    I’m wanting to start ASAP:) After watching your Sunday videos…my husband sighs and says “what project are you and the boys doing now?”. He knows we will receive yarn in the upcoming week. I have 5 projects going on at the moment, so easily have time for a 6th;)

    Love your show, love you both. Thanks for giving us all your gift of talent, fun, information, peace and happy living! You two are awesome!

    • Ritta on July 3, 2019 at 2:15 am

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    I so enjoy your podcasts and blogs. Thank you for the sale today. I needed a pick-me-up after last weeks unusual stress. I hope to meet you both in person some day.
    I can’t wait to start the throw. But what yarn? Sooo many choices……

    • Regina on July 3, 2019 at 7:59 pm

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    Dear Arne and Carlos, firstly you guys are amazing! Secondly, I bought 3 of your patterns in the sale. What yarns do you recommend for the slippers and the ‘save the children’ jumper? I’m in New Zealand, so can’t get the Norwegian yarn. Maybe you could do a tutorial on choosing the right yarn for projects?
    Thank you in advance 🙂

    • Heather on July 5, 2019 at 6:57 pm

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    Hi guys! I have started crocheting the flowers for Hedvig. I’m a knitter who can crochet, so I do a lot of Googling to answer questions, but one that I haven’t found a satisfactory answer to is how you join the new color for each round. The videos I have found just change the color, rather than start with a new color. So far I have just made it up as I’ve gone, but would like to know how *you* do it. I love making these flowers and I know I’ll love the finished afghan too. Cheers, Heather

    • Laurie Steuri on July 6, 2019 at 5:57 pm

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    Thanks for this video. I loved the Hedvig throw from the first time I saw it….I have never been inspired to crochet until this project! I bought the pattern and yarn this week and plan to follow your example of starting a summer crochet habit. Since I’m a beginning crochet-er, this VIDEO is VERY helpful!

    • Gigi on July 22, 2019 at 1:56 pm

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    Hello from northern Québec Canada, we LOVE LOVE LOVE you both. In good Canadian manner I would like to apologise for all those people out there that are so angry and comment negative thing. I have purchased a few of your patterns and I LOVE LOVE LOVE every single one of them

    • Gini Jo Anna on August 5, 2019 at 6:24 pm

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    Hello from Belgium, I have also purchased the pattern for the Hedvig blanket. I have almost 100 flowers. As my partner is highly allergic to wool (YES! wool) I am using man-made yarn. It does not have the subtle colour range of the yarn you are recommending so I decided to give it an exotic twist and go for the really vibrant pinks, yellows, red and blues. I am hoping it will end up looking like a tropical flower garden.
    I did feel a bit sad when you talked about using nice (wool) yarn because of all the work you put into making the blanket.
    Yours looks really nice.
    But, I will be happy when we can snuggle up together under my finished blanket without him starting to sneeze and itch like mad 🙂
    Bye for now

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