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Let’s Talk About Double-Knitting and the New Crochet Primrose Throw in our Dollhouse!

Greetings from our kitchen table – because our work space has now been converted into a temporary studio where we record our daily Quarantine Knitting Podcasts…

We hope things are OK for you and that you are staying safe! We’ve had an uneventful weekend at home, just resting, relaxing, reading books and going out for walks in the forest nearby. The good thing about being quarantined in a house in the countryside is that there are no people here, so we can still leave our home and go for walks, since we never meet anyone. The only other people we have seen this past week are our friends Ausra and Audrius, who go shopping and bring us food. We speak to them through the kitchen window and they leave our groceries outside our door. On Friday, they brought us some tulips, to brighten our moods. It’s those little things that make such a huge difference in hard times like these, don’t you agree? We were so happy to get some flowers!

As many of you know, we have extended our YouTube channel to include a daily Quarantine Knitting Podcast from Monday through Friday. This is helping us get through our days under lock down and we see that we are also helping lots of people feel less lonely and pass the time, which is a great thing! A win-win situation for all of us and since we are doing something that has, in a very short period of time, becomee very meaningful to us, it’s making it easier for us to get out of bed! But, this new activity of our’s has not been without any hick-ups… We’ve experienced several technical malfunctions (episodes 2 and 4) as well as there being tons of issues with the Mystery KAL that we are running parallel to the daily podcasts (mainly issues with people not being able to print the charts). These technical issues have been taking our attention from a lot of other things that we should have been doing, and hopefully now that things have been resolved and cooled down a bit, we should be able to focus more other things.

So, one thing that we saw yesterday on our Facebook Group page was that a lot of people are asking for tutorials on double knitting and we suddenly remembered that we actually did a tutorial on that technique in 2016, which shows how to do double knitting for both continental knitters and throwers. So, let’s revisit this episode and see if this can help you out! Now remember, we are saying that the block/patches can be knitted insingle knitting (back and forth) or double knitting and there is no pressure to do them in double knitting if you don’t want to or feel this is way out of your comfort zone. Anyway, here is the episode:

 

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We do believe that by the end of this crisis, people who have been following our podcasts and doing our Mystery KAL will have improved their colour work and double knitting skills dramatically! Talk about a silver lining!!

This Sunday on our channel, it’s business as usual, just as every other Sunday, as  we will continue to post our regular episodes, which were filmed before Corona came to Europe, together with Erik (our camera guy) in the same room as us (he is currently under quarantine in Oslo)! Today, we take look at the new Crochet Primrose Throw that Arne made for the dollhouse! Se the video here:

 

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This week, on our web shop, you can purchase the pattern for the primrose throw that is featured on our doll house by clicking on this linkAnd you can make it either as a miniature for your own dollhouse or as a real size throw to keep you warm.

Click here to access the webshop or click on the photos below to access the pattern directly:

CALENDAR of EVENTS:

We anticipate more changes to our schedule this year. A new schedule of events will be posted as soon as we have more information. If you are booked on our Garden Tour in June, you will be contacted by our Travel Agency soon.

OK, this is it from here, folks! We will see you again tomorrow Monday March 23rd for a new week of daily podcasts!

Until then, stay healthy, stay safe, wash your hands and don’t touch your face!

Relaxing weekend at home.

Virtual hugs from ARNE & CARLOS

    • Judy Wagner on March 23, 2020 at 3:10 am

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    I watched your double knitting video and I was wondering why you don’t close the sides?

    Judy

    • Lisa Villone on March 23, 2020 at 3:28 am

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    Thank you for the double knitting video! I’m going to make a potholder for my mom. I also wanted to share my admiration of your teeny tiny crocheted blanket. You’re in a class all by yourself! 🌷

    • Mai T Chang on March 23, 2020 at 3:59 am

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    Arne, I love your dollhouse. In the end, you guys made me laugh because it seems like you’re putting your children to bed, and they could hear you leave.

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    Right, now I KNOW I’m late to the show, but I’ve been virtual knitting all week as the new posts arrived and I’ve been drooling over the lovely squares that people have been making. I’m permitted to go out and buy a take away coffee so i might just do that and sit by the beach in my car and knit motif 1. Just loving this virtual hangout with all my knitting friends from around the world. I keep saying, there’s always someone worse off then you so don’t complain and keep knitting hehehehehehehehe! Lu in Australia

    • Karen Spalink on March 23, 2020 at 4:39 am

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    Blessings and happy knitting 🧶

    • Anne Marie (Rasmussen) Lakey on March 23, 2020 at 5:00 am

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    I am not a Facebook person. But when I decided to take up knitting and found your wonderful website and blog and tutorials I feel like part of your family. I am a 73 year old widow and enjoying all the many ways of feeling artistic. I love to do many things and really enjoy your visits into my home. You do such a great job sharing your very special talent with so many of us. The conversations between the two of you is
    so fun and like a conversation with good friends.
    Thank you so much for all of your effort and expense to bring this wonderful craft and personal insights of your country and travels to all of us. I look forward to every podcast, every tutorial, and looking at pattern ideas. Anne Marie

    • Marion Brown on March 23, 2020 at 7:04 am

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    Thank you so much for this. I love your books and I’m really enjoying knitting the squares. I’ve been knitting for over 60 years ( many thanks to my dear old granny for this gift) and I haven’t tried double knitting. So today’s the day!
    I haven’t got a printer and the library’s closed so I’m copying the designs by hand on to squared paper. Which is a absorbing because my spacial awareness is appalling. So, all in all, a great way to fill in some time creatively.
    Bless you both. Keep safe ❤️
    Best wishes from Dundee.

      • Julie on March 23, 2020 at 11:47 am

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      https://apps.apple.com/us/app/knitcompanion-knitting-more/id1058142783

      You may want to try this app. It’s wonderful for downloading knitting patterns and keeping up with charts.

      Julie

        • Lyn Z on March 23, 2020 at 1:01 pm

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        Thanx so much for sharing this link!!

        • Michele on March 24, 2020 at 12:39 pm

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        Thank you so much! I printed the pattern and was trying to fold the paper each line to keep track of where I was. This will really help……if I can figure out how to get there pattern to the app. Somewhat technology challenged! Michele

    • Sarah on March 23, 2020 at 9:44 am

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    Your tiny blanket is adorable.
    But the double knitting 🤔 that looks very intense.
    But thankfully you guys explain so good it might just work🤪.
    Hope your both in good health, hope that Arnes cough is better from Friday ?
    I guess we will hear tonight with the cal.
    Stay strong
    Groetje van Nederland.💐

    • Sarah on March 23, 2020 at 9:52 am

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    Sorry Sarah again.
    Just wanted to ask is there anyway to pay through IDEAL?
    We do not have a credit card or other cards.
    Just normal bank accounts.
    Would really like to buy some of your patterns 😊.
    Thankyou.

    • Julie Horner on March 23, 2020 at 10:54 am

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    I loved seeing the miniature quilt I made you tacked on the wall behind the sewing machine. It warms my heart to know it lives in your sweet doll house. Thank you for keeping the knitting community connected during these difficult days. ❤️Julie

      • Valli on March 23, 2020 at 2:38 pm

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      So exquisite your tiny quilt is!!!!!!!!Well done.

    • Janis Day Lewis on March 23, 2020 at 11:27 am

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    Good evening Arne and Carlos, i am looking forward to your next Podcast, always very entertaining, thank you. i am knitting one of your Beanie patterns, when it is finished, I would like to knit your mouse beanie. i would like to do it for a child but as I am new to Fairilse knitting, I do not know how to reduce the size to fit a child, could I have some help please.
    Thank you very much.
    Janis[Australia}

    • Nina on March 23, 2020 at 12:00 pm

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    Thank you for sharing your talents..I am loving this kal..its the first one i have done and am anxiously waiting for the next installment…Zi feel my colourwork has improved..so thank you…❤

    • Marlene Larkins on March 23, 2020 at 1:17 pm

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    Your dollhouse brings memories of my dad making tiny furniture. Each piece came in a kit. The pieces were glued, stained, drawers opened. Little hardware was put on with tweezers. My son has these stored in his garage in a box. I never took pictures of these.
    I made little rugs, blankets and curtains for the dollhouse. Love these miniatures. I moved 1100 miles away but will talk to my granddaughter about them. Perhaps she can set up a place in her home for these. Thank you for your video’s. Love watching you and your tips are helpful.
    Im getting all the quilting projects and UFO s ready to finish. Have a UFO sweater to complete. The garden is also begging to be tended. Plenty to do.
    Keep safe.

    • Laura Garcia on March 23, 2020 at 1:31 pm

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    I wish I had better words than simply thank you to you both. I always look forward to your weekly ‘visits’ on Sundays. Now you are generously sharing your talents and bringing the knitting community together with your mystery knit along. Thank you and bless you.

    • Ruthie on March 23, 2020 at 2:46 pm

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    Thanks a million for your knit-a-long and your daily podcast. Your generosity is heartwarming. I look forward to this week of insights, laughter and camaraderie as you invite us into your beautiful home. Sending love from Dundee, IL.

    • Deborah Huss on March 24, 2020 at 12:50 am

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    Arne and Carlos, I am new to your blog and have not seen the edited versions on Sunday yet but have to say, these knit along blogs are great and I don’t think you are cray cray. I love the spontaneity and humor.
    I am learning so much about color work and look forward to trying each clue. I finished one and will begin the Love clue next. Unfortunately I have to go to work so progress may be slow. Thanks so much!

    • Laurinda Otero on April 22, 2020 at 5:37 pm

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    Hi. First let me tell you how glad I am that you are both well. Secondly, how much I have enjoyed you quarantine KAL. Now to my question. I am making your primrose blanket and decided to use my ultra Pima cotton as it is what I have. Am I making a mistake doing this? Must it be wool ? Thanks again.

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