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New Collection of Rowan Cushions Knitted in SoftYak Designed by Us!

Greetings from the kitchen table! We are still IN isolation for a few more days, due to a cough Arne developed a week ago (nothing serious, but the doctor told us that in these times, we need to stay isolated until we are completely symptom free.) So, our quarantine continues for a few more days…

This week, on our channel, it’s a show and tell episode about the latest cushions that we have designed for Rowan, using the amazing SoftYak yarn.

Influenced by our rich textile heritage and reimagined using classic and contemporary colour ways, we’ve designed four floral and four geometric patterns which can either be used with a plain cushion back or paired front to back for spectacular effect! Check out the video here:


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We are now releasing the patterns exclusively until 10th April on our webshop at a discounted price as follows:
•1st pattern release Tuesday 31st March
•2nd pattern release Thursday 2nd April
•3rd pattern release Saturday 4th April
•4th pattern release Sunday 5th April

We are starting the third week of the ARNE & CARLOS Daily Quarantine Knit Along and the Hug Me Later KAL tomorrow, Monday March 30th.

Looking forward to seeing you there! In the meantime, stay healthy and stay safe.


Virtual hugs from ARNE & CARLOS

    • Gail on March 30, 2020 at 4:19 am


    Thank you. I have so enjoyed your visits. They have been delightful as well as educational. Prayers for a speedy recovery & a return to normalcy soon.

    • Judy Chase on March 30, 2020 at 4:29 am


    So sorry your quarantine has been extended. I completely understand Carlos saying that it can be a bit of a hassle taking pillows on and off the bed, but these pillows are so gorgeous I think it would be worth it. Thank you for keeping us grounded during this most difficult time.

    • Carol on March 30, 2020 at 4:43 am


    I think those pillows would be perfect on my plum couch and love seat.

    • Kari on March 30, 2020 at 4:49 am


    Hi Arne & Carlos
    Thank you so much for your generosity with the pillow patterns. I love to knit things like pillows. I am always seeing photos of great knitted or macrame pillows that I want to make. Thank you also for the
    With the isolation of this virus I have been knitting lace. Unfortunately Michael’s the store I buy the crochet thread I use to knit the lace closed it doors so I am looking on line to buy more of the thread I need. I knit the edgings and put them on pillow cases as gifts or I send them to my Mother-in-law for her to sell at the church Christmas bazaar.

    It is challenging to find the knitted lace edgings to knit so I knit the same ones over and over again. It is relaxing so when I am not knitting a gift for someone or working in my small garden or walking to the market or the post office this is what I do to relax. This is such a funny time in our lives to be so isolated. I think there is going to be a huge baby boom in 9 months from now. Watch Out everyone. I am going to do my best to join your class’s on You Tube

      • Joy Pascarella on March 30, 2020 at 12:09 pm


      Omg. I never thought of the baby boom that will surely happen. We better start knitting baby blankets and such! Thanks Kari, you inspired me to help with the face masks . My husband is recovering from esophagus cancer so we have been on lock down much longer then anyone else . Our knitting and sewing sure helps! Doesn’t it? Keep up the positive attitude!!

    • Jaye on March 30, 2020 at 5:27 am


    Looking forward to another KAL. I have been alternating knitting projects with sewing face masks and other volunteer opportunities. Trying to help those around me, even if it’s just checking in by text. We are all connected. We all have a talent or gift to share. Even if it’s just to be the voice on the other end of the phone for someone shut in, elderly or lonely.

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    Love these pillows

    • Sue Arran on March 30, 2020 at 11:27 am


    The cushions are fabulous, I want to knit all of them! I love the designs, very contemporary but with a slight Arts and Crafts feel, the colours are gorgeous too. Thank you so much for the KAL, your news and your company which has kept us all a bit saner and less isolated. Keep well & stay safe xx

    • Roda on March 30, 2020 at 12:38 pm


    I ❤️ The pillows. They are very beautiful and I think you can never have enough pillows

    • David Engen on March 30, 2020 at 12:59 pm


    Where in Norway are you located? My family emigrated from Valdres and Gausdal.

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    Your new Collection of pillows is exquisite! I can’t wait to make one, the problem is which one? I think you can never have too many pillows!

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    Hi Arne and Carlos! I have only been commenting on your YouTube channel thus far but I wanted to come over here to your website too. I hope Arne gets rid of the cough SOON!!! Um, have you both been tested yet? Anyway, your KAL is really a life saver during these very scary times. Where I currently live in Virginia, USA cases of Covid 19 are not yet high but they are growing. My husband works in a large grocery store here so every day he is at risk which is kind of freaking me out. We have set a number of cases in our area that once it is reached he is going to take a leave of absence from work until… hmm, until what is the answer none of us currently has. We are older, and I am in a high risk category not only because of age but also a health issue so all of this is really making me anxious. You and Arne are relieving some of that stress through your KAL and I really cannot thank you enough for being there for us all! I love you and Arne’s dynamic with each other and you always have me laughing about something. Of course there is also the beautiful knitting eye candy that you share with us… You both seem like old friends at this point and again, THANK YOU! Hugs for now…🤗💖💖

    • louise arsenault on March 30, 2020 at 2:20 pm


    Sorry that you have to continue your quarantine. Your cushions are beautiful in patterns and mix of colors and choice of the back color. I love the petals like rectangle cushion with his zillion colors and pattern. As per the number of cushions, I don’t like to have to get cushions from the bed when going to sleep, but having a lot of different cushions is the best for mixing them on a couch and changing them every season! BIG VIRTUAL HUGS FROM QUEBEC CITY WITH ADDITIONAL SNOW SINCE YESTERDAY. LOUISE

    • Donna Aase on March 30, 2020 at 2:58 pm


    Thanks so much Arne and Carlos for keeping us inspired during the Shelter in Place time here. We miss you in Minnesota and that post on Facebook about the train station where you live was so fun to see.. Take care of yourselves and keep knitting. Donna

    • Arlene Shipper on March 30, 2020 at 3:11 pm


    These are gorgeous! I don’t know how you both manage to accomplish so much. Gardening, cooking and travel plus knitting and crochet!
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful life. It is very motivating! I first discovered you when I saw your book on knitting dolls at a lovely knitting store, Wolsely Wool. I became hooked and have knit seven, one each for my grandchildren, and one more to go!

    See you on tomorrow’s KAL! I am a fan of Fisherman’s Friend lozenges. I could see Arne was dealing with a cough and didn’t want to complain. Carlos you are a great caregiver- keep the chicken without chicken coming.

    • Mariet on March 30, 2020 at 4:23 pm


    These patterns are gorgeous love all of them

    • Karen on March 30, 2020 at 10:07 pm


    Thank you so much for the time and love you have put in each patch. I am feeling less awkward kniting with 2 threads. I am having fun with them. We are in age related self quarantine. We have been able to go on walks and hikes on land adjacent to our house. In Oklhoma, USA, the dogwood and azaleas are in bloom. As to the porridge problem, how about porridge breakfast cookies? Thank you again for the thoughtfulness you have displayed with the Quarantine KAL.

    • Marj on March 31, 2020 at 6:19 am


    It was so special to see you on the Hurtigruten and the knitters shared that they had a wonderful time. Returning to WA State was like returning to a very strange & quiet world. We finished quarantine but remain “shelter in place” because of increasing illness numbers. I wish you both good health and thank you for sharing during this difficult period in the world.

    • Lekmo on March 31, 2020 at 7:22 am


    Stalking the shop waiting for the pattern releases 🙂

    • Jane Griffith on March 31, 2020 at 10:57 am


    Just been looking at the cushion patterns so tempting but suddenly as they say “it broke my dream” not only was I abroad (country unknown) buying wool for my square project but I suddenly panicked as I didn’t have the currency or my card to pay. Then I dreamt somone had made a massive square which was actually blanket size!! This self isolation must be getting to me. Thank you love the new squares I have decided to make mine into a blanket.

    • Becky Wahl on March 31, 2020 at 5:13 pm


    👍I love love pillows. I’m going to order the patterns now. I used to have 14 pillows on our bed but now only 8, 8 on my guest bed, 2 on my living room couch and 5 on my couch in the family room. I think I need some of your pillows on our bed!

    Becky in Maryland
    Recently on the Knitting Cruise March 1-10

    What was the 1 Norwegian word you taught us in one of our lectures?


    • Evelien Van der Drift on March 31, 2020 at 7:37 pm


    Hallo guy’s, here a little note from Holland. I’m so in love with your designs and also joining the wonderful knitting along during this heavy dark time. But I have a question for you and it is about paying when I want to buy a pattern. Is there something like paypal or iDEAL possible because I don’t have creditcards…maybe a possibilty for you to consider?
    Love and keep up

    • Deirdre storm on April 1, 2020 at 4:36 pm


    Hi Arne and Carlos. So excited to have my first pillow pattern and can’t wait for the all the others! Thank you so much for the caring and effort you have put into the Quarantine KAL and daily YouTube video. I know it means as much to many, many other people in lock down as it means to me. Every day I put on something Fabulous and watch the Ohio Governor’s update and then you guys. I’m working on my squares (I’m way behind because I have used them to learn double knitting!). You have inspired me to keep up my daily drawing practice too. If I could ask you for something it would be to print out any Scandinavian words you teach us on a poster of some sort so we could copy them down. Also, I could do with a demo of casting off double knitting. Thank you,
    Much genuine love and virtual hugs ((xxx)),

    • William Gair on April 1, 2020 at 5:52 pm


    LOL, Carlos! What in the world is written on the bottom of your foot?

    • douglas rogers on April 1, 2020 at 7:52 pm


    greetings from wisconsin,i purchased the pillows on 3/31 where do i find the down loads?

    • Esther on April 2, 2020 at 8:15 pm


    Get well you two! And thanks for KAL to help us keep our sanity.

    • Louise Murphy on April 2, 2020 at 11:57 pm


    So fortunate to have a small local yarn store that will do curbside delivery. I bought SoftYak yesterday to make a pillow from your pattern, now I am trying to make a decision-they are all beautiful. May have to buy more than one…..Rest and get better we’ll all be here when you are feeling better.

    • Sandy on April 12, 2020 at 4:21 am


    Hi Arne and Carlos!

    I have always enjoyed all your podcasts so much! Thank you so much for doing these Quarantine podcasts to keep us from getting bored and lonely. I am home alone in “stay at home” orders and really look forward to them. It doesn’t matter what you talk about as it always so interesting and entertaining. I am a knitter, crocheter, sew all my own clothes, do needlepoint, cross stitch to name a few of my crafts. As much as I enjoy your knitting content it is so interesting as well when you talk about your sewing days, and teaching when in Paris. Garment industry techniques are always good to learn and I love when you talk about sewing. Your fabrics are beautiful too. Maybe one day you could add sewing podcasts to your others? I think many people would be so interested as well as myself. I have been all through Norway and if you need to be isolated I could not imagine a better place! Thanks for taking the time to do all these things for your fans. I have all your books and just love learning from them as well as your tutorials. You are just amazing gentlemen and have had such wonderful careers…..thank you for sharing all your knowledge! You have a beautiful home and life together…..I am so sorry you missed your Australia and New Zealand trip but one day you can go again. In the meantime, please continue sharing your life with us! Stay safe and well, and I hope Arne will get better soon…..thank you for the laughs and joy you bring to us! Happy Easter, Sandy

    • Elin Sodeland on July 24, 2020 at 9:38 pm


    Hei Arne og Carlos. Jeg fikk nettopp “30 Tøfler” i gave , og satt og gjorde meg kjent med boken. Mønster nr 30 på side 134 heter MISTELTEIN-tøfler står det, Men mønsteret på tøflene er KRISTTORN. Med fine røde bær og piggete blader, som KRISTTORN ser ut. MISTELTEIN har hvite bær og ovale blader. Ellers er det en flott bok , og jeg gleder meg til å få riktig garn i hus og begynne å strikke .

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