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Let’s talk about our Magnus “Year of the Rat” hat and our trip to South Africa!

It’s been a while since we did one of our “Knitting Radio” podcasts where we work on a specific project and talk about everything and anything that comes to mind. This week, on our channel, we are embroidering whiskers on our Magnus “Year of the Rat” hat as we talk about our recent trip to South Africa, Angora goats, Merino sheep and the men’s folk costume from Gudbrandsdalen that we are both going to be busy making this year. See/listen to the podcast below:


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As to what the men’s folk costume  from our region in Norway looks like, click on this link which will take you to a page with a few images. As you can see, we have our work cut out for us for a very long time now!

This week, on our web shop, we have added the Magnus “Year of the Rat” hat. Click on the images below to access the pattern! It was originally only conceived as a one size fits all pattern, but we have found a way to make it into 3 sizes: baby, small kids, everyone else. All the dimensions for the 3 sizes are now available in the pattern.



February 29, 2020: Meet and Greet at Rowan’s global flagship store, Rowan at Osprey in St. Albans, UK, from 10:30am to 2:30pm.

March 2 – 9, 2020 and March 8 – 16, 2020: Knitting under the Aurora Borealis onboard the Norwegian Coastal Express, Norway. 2 cruises. (sold out)

March 27 – April 7, 2020: Knitting Cruise in New Zealand (sold out). 

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.


And finally, because we talk about the wonderful South African trip that we did from February 6 – 10 so much, here is a little trip report in pictures from Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Knysna and the safari that we did at the Kariega Lodge, which is a game reserve in a MALARIA FREE area in the Eastern Cape!

If you are interested in more information or wish to join us for this November trip, click here.

Day 1: Arrival in Cape Town. Table Mountain was dressed with a table cloth!

Day 2: A visit to the Bo-Kap area in Cape Town before continuing on to Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Carlos choice of shirt for this day was not intentional, but he does a great job in blending in!

Finally on our second day we got a clear view of Table Mountain! We are in love with this city!!

Walking around Babylonstoren, a wonderful farm about 40 minutes from Cape Town and on route to Franschhoek.

Arne is “blending in” at our beautiful hotel, The Protea Franschhoek hotel.

Lots of shopping in Franschhoek – also a few nice yarn shops.

Dinner at the Grand Provence vineyard in Franschhoek was a highlight! Stunning location and wonderful food!

From our dinner at the Grand Provence Vineyard. Chocolate makes us both very happy!!

Day 3: Driving along the garden route to arrive in Knysna and enjoy a sunset over the lagoon. Stunning!

Day 4: Great shot of Carlos with Plettenberg Bay and the Indian Ocean as a beautiful back drop.

Visiting a weaving studio in the Mungo Mill complex near Plettenberg, to learn more about South African textiles.

Arne and Githa, our tour leader, are ready for a quick Safari!

Kariega Lodge does very important work to help save Rhinos, who unfortunately are very vulnerable due to poachers. The game reserve is home to Tandy, the only Rhino ever known to have survived after poachers attacked her and cut off her horns.

So many beautiful animals, so much inspiration!

We could just sit and watch the elephants all day…

Giraffes are so impressive in real life!

The icing on the cake after a few hours of Safari were the complimentary sun downers and snacks!

A short but sweet stay in a beautiful country. We didn’t want to leave and we can’t wait to return in November!!


    • Kathy on February 24, 2020 at 3:54 am


    So cute the Magnus hat. Love the blue yarn.

    • MARTHIE HORN on February 24, 2020 at 4:07 am




    • Emmy Fons on February 24, 2020 at 7:02 am


    Thanks You for showing the photo’s! Soms beautiful. Andere yes, very inspiring for You!

      • Emmy Fons on February 24, 2020 at 7:07 am


      Here Emmy Fons again. The corrector have made funny things of my words in the message I sent before.

    • Jo An on February 24, 2020 at 10:42 am


    Thank you for joining the photo’s with us. I particularly like the one with Angel Arne!

    • Karen Jackson (Pokey) on February 24, 2020 at 1:59 pm


    What a beautiful place.. God Bless you and all these awesome animals.. Thank you for this share.

    • Emilia Barbosa on February 24, 2020 at 2:22 pm


    Dear Arne and Carlos,
    It’s stunning, what a beautiful country! Maybe next time you can travel for a longer period of time and get to enjoy your travel experience better. 4 days seem like a shorter period of time to me to go so far away, but I am sure that was what you managed and it’s really exciting! I wish I could join you too in November or ever, but I am very busy at work, I am an assistant professor on the tenure-track at an American university, if you have any idea of what that entails, and also because I can’t afford it. But thank God there’s your YouTube channel and I love you both very dearly and all your creative work and your generosity, you’re always teaching us how to do things, new techniques, fun ideas, recycle more, find more joy in what we manage to do with our two hands, and for that I am eternally grateful!
    Have a great Year of the Rat and best of luck with all your upcoming trips and new projects,
    P. S. I’m in the state of Missouri, in the Midwest of the United States, but I am Portuguese-American and I know you already visited my homeland, Portugal. Hopefully you loved it too!

    • Donna Aase on February 24, 2020 at 2:28 pm


    I always enjoy your posts. We all miss you in Minnesota and hope you can come back again someday.

    • Sandi Michaels on February 24, 2020 at 4:12 pm


    I enjoyed your pictures from South Africa. It looks like you had a great time. The animals were stunning. I enjoy your podcast where ever you are. I miss when you don’t podcast. I enjoyed your podcast about the Magnus-year-of-the rat hat.

    • Fran on February 24, 2020 at 5:37 pm


    Love the photos—especially the one of Arne with wings. 😉 I enjoy following your emails. You guys are such fun! ~ Fran from New Hampshire, USA.

    • Sandra M on February 25, 2020 at 5:44 am


    Amazing pics! Thank you for sharing these special moments with us! I’m a very beginner knitter but hope to knit one of your wonderful hats one day!

    • Alice on February 25, 2020 at 8:27 pm


    Hi guys! I think the whisker stitch is called the back stitch. Enjoy your podcasts. Alice

    • Andrew on February 26, 2020 at 4:35 pm


    Always fun listening to EWE !


    (we met in Seattle…a few years ago.)

    • Anita Swart on February 27, 2020 at 11:45 pm


    Hi Arne & Carlos,

    Thousand thankyous for going to South Africa and giving it a positive report.
    It took me days to look at the pictures again and again.
    I am South African, living in the UK for 14 years and not a day goes by that I don’t think and long for my homeland.
    Here we don’t get a lot of positive feedback about SA and when I saw you two there and enjoying it and going back in November! I was so happy and grateful, because as I have realized, your roots are very deep.
    It is the first time in all the time I have been out of my country that I have encountered such a wonderful report of SA.
    I envy you with your deep rooted feeling of your country, because we
    are often portrayed in a very negative way, which is true, but after many years of democracy, please give us a break, and you did it in your passionate way.
    Thanks again and keep spreading your positive objective thoughts.
    Ps And we are the world champions of rugby!

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