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Royals in outhouses, thrift store shopping and the Rowan photoshoot.

We are back again with new episodes of our top-rated podcast, Sit and Knit for a Bit! Every Wednesday until the beginning of summer, we will do our usual “15-minute” catch-up and talk about everything that is going on in our lives.

Check out today’s episode here below and continue scrolling for all the information about the things we talked about in today’s podcast.



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In today’s episode, we talk about the following things:


Sit and Knit for a Bit, Season 2, Episode 18.


0:00 Arne and Carlos are back

1:35 Antique and vintage exhibit in Hamar

4:20 Thrift store shopping – is Arne a hoarder?

10:23 Carlos’ souvenir doll collection

14:14 Carlos has stopped dressing for Zoom meetings

18:15 Knit Ink podcast share their experience from our knitting cruise

22:54 Family grooming outing in Oslo

29:00 Why we hang a picture of the Royal family in the outhouse

40:00 Hedvig blanket

45:00 Mittens from our archives, Selbu

48:29 Gifts from our viewers Janice and Sam

54:14 Our photoshoot with Rowan


We bought the beautiful school poster at the Antique and Vintage fair in Hamar, Norway, in 2017. Click to enlarge.


Back from our grooming trip to Oslo and desperately trying to get a family selfie while our hair looked so great, but alas, Helmer was NOT cooperating. Click to enlarge.


Here is the photo of the Russian dolls from Carlos’ parents’ doll collection. This photo is from our book “55 Christmas Balls to make”. Click to enlarge.


The gorgeous Hedvig crochet flowers as placemats. Click on the image to purchase the pattern.


If you ever wanted to know exactly what it is like to take part in one of our Knitting Cruises, make sure to check out Petra and Natasha’s podcast, where they go into detail about everything you need to know. We are currently not organising any cruises, but we hope to resume again in 2022. If you want to get on the waiting list,  please click here to contact us.


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If you are interested in checking out more of Irish Farm Art’s art, click on the image to visit Sam’s Instagram page. Thanks so much for the lovely painting!


Unfortunately, the book about the King and Queen’s residences in Norway (Kongens Hus ISBN: 9788293140085) is sold out, but here is a photo of their stunning outhouse! This is a facsimile from the book, photographed by Espen Grønli. Click to enlarge.


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New episodes of “Sit and Knit for a Bit” are published every Wednesday at 6:00 pm CEST // noon EDT // 11:00 am CDT // 9:00 am PDT.



    • Suzan on April 14, 2021 at 7:02 pm


    I just adore this moment of Sit and Knit for a Bit! I wish I lived close enough to actually have tea with you two!

    • Lita Bilotti on April 14, 2021 at 7:22 pm


    Hello, I enjoyed this episode. My little dog (a Yorkshire Terrier mix) and I can relate to Freja’s recent dental work. CC is now 13 and 2 years ago she had 13 teeth pulled. Apparently, dogs have 44 teeth and the ones that were pulled were mostly in the front where she doesn’t chew much. I had to change her diet so now I add to her dry food. She loves green beans, garbanzo beans, black beans, and pinto beans. I add some bean juice to soften the dry food.
    I knit and crochet and I m now anxious to try your crocheted flowers. They are so cool!
    Take care and happy spring.
    Kind regards,
    Lita Bilotti in SW Colorado

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    Well that was just a lovely afternoon. It’s like I took a trip to Norway with my own bathroom to use. The food sounds wonderful. And that scenery is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the link to Natasha and Petra’s cruise. I loved the pile of yarn (of course). You can never have too much yarn. Looking forward to the next episode. Stay well everyone.

    • Sandy on April 14, 2021 at 9:06 pm


    This was so much fun, you shared a lot of interesting and funny things with us. I laughed so hard about the picnic suitcase contents. I love how you two look at life.

    • Ronne McLaird on April 14, 2021 at 9:13 pm


    So glad to see you back again!
    The new format is terrific…so easy to navigate your site.
    I’m looking forward to what ever you have in store for future podcasts.
    Stay well!


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    Please more information about cleaning wool by leaving it outside

    • Gisela Foster on April 14, 2021 at 11:37 pm


    I am born in 1938. In Germany. At the age of ten (1948) my job was to cut newspaper into small pieces, string it together (big needle and strong thread) and hang it into the outhouse that belonged to my great grandfather.
    And yes, Nazis used outhouses.

    • Betsy on April 15, 2021 at 3:19 am


    I learn so many fascinating things by watching you, and your designs are even more appealing when I hear what inspires them. Those knitalong squares are a perfect example! Are you going to be releasing any more new patterns for them, or should I start putting them together to make the final throw? Looking forward to hearing your response. Thank you!

    • Julie Horner on April 15, 2021 at 3:41 am


    Loved watching the podcast today. I also watched Knit Ink Episode 12 about your Norwegian Cruise. I’m definitely adding this to my list of things I want to do. Hopefully I can plan a cruise with you sometime when cruising is allowed again. Will you do more cruises? If so, Will we find links here on your webpage for trip information.


    • Jackie Webb on April 15, 2021 at 12:17 pm


    Great blog thank you. Today I have received my 2nd dose of the vaccine. I am very grateful. Enjoy your adventures even if it’s so close to home.

    • Lucia on April 15, 2021 at 4:15 pm


    The outhouse I used as a child back in the 60’s was not as fancy as the Royal outhouse. Loved the episode. Enjoy Spring! Would love to one day visit Norway!

    • Gisele Van Zanten on April 15, 2021 at 10:59 pm


    Arne: you should consider making a Pom Pom Wreath – with all those poms that haunt Carlos.
    You could make one with a specific colour theme for each season. Go crazy!!!!!
    Love you two when you talk like an old married couple. LOl.

    • Sheila Bush on April 16, 2021 at 9:57 am


    What tea is Arne drinking? Ty!

    • Becky Wahl on April 16, 2021 at 9:29 pm


    I just watched your newest Sit and Knit for a Bit and loved it. I also just finished watching Episode 12 of Knit_Ink. It was fabulous. I just loved the mother and daughter and their yarn stash they bought. They are quite the knitters. I was on the same cruise as them but in May of 2020 so everything they talked about I knew exactly what they were talking about. Thank you for sharing their episode. I am definitely going to check out more of theirs.

    Good luck getting your vaccinations. We finally got ours in March and feel relieved.

    • Sharon Pichler on April 17, 2021 at 11:55 pm


    Hello from the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state in the USA, and thank you for all the time and love you put into your programs. It’s good to see you both so healthy!

    I was sad when Carlos mentioned that viewership has declined recently. Although no doubt it’s partly because people are able to get out more, there might be another factor. If people watch your YouTube channel on a Smart TV (like I do), there are no borders visible. So when, for instance, you point to words that you think are at the top or bottom, there isn’t any way to see them, or click on them. I’m not sure what the solution is, but I wanted you to know of this potential obstacle to increasing your viewership.

    Highest regards to you, your friends, and your families!

    • Teresa on April 19, 2021 at 8:51 pm


    Here in the states, my daughter has a dog sitter, who comes in and lives in her home when they have to travel! Maybe something like that would work for you!

    • Sue Savage on April 20, 2021 at 12:08 am


    I live in Maud Close, in the UK. It’s a little close of houses named after Queen Maud!

    • Claire Payne on April 25, 2021 at 4:40 am


    Hello from Christchurch, New Zealand! I discovered your YouTube channel a few days ago and I’m hooked. This was the first podcast I watched and I love your chit-chat. I think you could chat about anything and it would be interesting because you are both so much fun. You are living my ideal lifestyle. I love railway station buildings and would love to live in one. I knit everyday and I design clothes. You have your dogs, I have my two cats who cause just as much crazy chaos. I also love shopping in thrift stores and I have a collection of patterns from the 1920’s to the present day. You have inspired me to pursue my dream of being a knitwear designer so I am already working on ideas. I need to learn how to write patterns and use a knitting machine so I can produce samples for a portfolio. If you or any of your readers know where I can learn , please let me know. I will be spending the rest of my day knitting Millthorpe (Rowan design) and watching as many of your videos as time allows. THANK YOU!

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