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Sit and Knit for a Bit – Christmas Countdown. December 1. Spruce

Thanks for joining our 2020 Christmas Ball Advent Calendar. We are so happy that you are here!

We post a video and reveal a new knitted Christmas ball every day until December 24th, 2020.


December 1. Spruce

All the beautiful Norwegian spruce in our forests inspire today’s Christmas ball, as well as the tradition of sending one of the most majestic spruces from Oslo to London every year.

See the video below and enjoy today’s photo. If you don’t have the advent calendar but would like to join in all the fun, click here or click on the image below.


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A chance to win an exclusive prize!

Take photos of the Christmas balls that you knit from our 2020 Advent Calendar, post them on Instagram and hashtag them with #arnecarlos and #sitandknitforabit. By doing that, you will be eligible to win a fabulous prize consisting of an exclusive ARNE & CARLOS project bag, one of our books personally dedicated and signed by us as well as a bunch of Prym Ergonomic Needles and hooks! We will select 2 lucky winners and announce them in early January. Good Luck!


Contest Information:

1. Tag your images on Instagram with #sitandknitforabit and #arnecarlos, and we will select two winners. Both tags must be used per image to enter the competition.

2. Only images of the Christmas Balls from the 2020 Advent Calendar will be considered. Images of other Christmas Ball designs, including balls from our book “55 Christmas Balls to Knit”, the mini-balls from our webshop or self-designed balls will not be considered.

3. As long as you are knitting the balls from the 2020 Advent Calendar, you may use any other colours than the ones we have used. Just be as creative as you like in your colour choices!

4. The photos must be posted and tagged on December 1st and until December 31st, 2020. Images posted before or after these dates will not be accepted.

5. The more images you post and tag during the above-mentioned dates, the more entries you have, the better the chances are to win!

6. The winners will not be selected randomly. Instead, we will select our two favourite photos based on the quality of the image and the creativity of the setting and staging.

7. We will ship the prize anywhere in the world, so everyone is eligible to enter this contest.

8. The two lucky winners will be announced at the beginning of January 2021. The prizes will ship sometime in the middle or end of January 2021.


This competition is brought to you in collaboration with PRYM. Check out PRYM Ergonomic Needles and Hooks here:





And last, but not least, here is the tutorial for our mini Christmas Balls, which is exactly the same principle as these Christmas Balls:


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    • Ricki on December 1, 2020 at 5:22 pm


    Your tree and room decorations are lovely. Thank you for the story of the tree in England. Love you guys. Stay safe

    • JL on December 1, 2020 at 6:20 pm


    Arne and Carlos you have truly been an inspiration and retreat from the “cra cra” of 2020. I haven’t knitted for years and did my first colorwork patches in April. I look forward to the 24 days of Christmas and a deeper connection to my Trondelag norwegian roots! Stay well and safe during this holiday season.

    • Pia Pedersen on December 1, 2020 at 6:33 pm


    Thank you for the story and i soll look forward to knit with you ❤️

    • Lorna Marie Raye on December 1, 2020 at 7:18 pm


    thank you both so much for treating us to your “special” blend of inspiration. That was a truly wonderful few moments of pure pleasure, We look forward to watching each and every day in December.Thank you . We loved the stories of the trees.
    Aubrey and Lorna

    • Coleen Wanek on December 1, 2020 at 7:54 pm


    Love you 2 gentlemen and the amazing talents that you have, thank you for sharing them with us. Met both of you on 2 different occasions in Winona, MN❤️ Hoping our paths will cross again 😘.

    • Kris on December 1, 2020 at 7:56 pm


    I love this!!! Thank you so much!

    • RITA SIVILS on December 1, 2020 at 8:06 pm


    I do not have Instagram. So I will post on Facebook, but it’s okay. I am not the greatest knitter…

    • Randi Olsen on December 1, 2020 at 8:22 pm


    Thank you both so much ..I live in Hudson Quebec Canada father and grandparents were from Norway and I have lots of family there …and follow the traditions and even the knitting etc …was flowing you much of this year as I got back to traditional knitting last winter ..we are isolated as high risk due to Covid..but so lucky we have two country properties one a farm where we normally go each day to work and help our son he grows thousands of nut and fruit trees and organic vegetables ..but now I am stuck for a bit as my dog ran into my leg hard and broke it the end of October can’t walk until maybe January ..complicated as have had rheumatoid arthritis for years ..but normally very functional..just can’t use crutches a bit stuck other words your mini programmes are even more meaningful than usual
    Tusen taak. Watch you tomorrow 😀👍….hilsen fra Canada

    • sally Dewey on December 2, 2020 at 12:17 am


    I just love the traditions. I feel this year I can pay more attention and really appreciate the most important things that maybe in years past I have skipped it. Thank you so much. Excited for the other podcasts

    • Jayne on December 2, 2020 at 1:23 am


    Missed the promo info for the beautiful tablecloth!!

    1. Reply

      We haven’t released any information about the table cloth yet. Every day, we will release information about the decor in our podcast including the tablecloth. So stay tuned!

    • Wendy Hollow on December 2, 2020 at 2:32 am


    Lovely start guys! Thank you.
    I have my pattern and will do a Spruce today!
    Hugs WAH in Australia!

    • Raymond on December 2, 2020 at 10:43 am


    Thank you guys! I’m simply going to sit back and enjoy your chats. I am unfortunately still struggling with Covid recovery.
    I am pleased to say that during my time out I have managed to master the technique of Norwegian knitting. Still very slow and I need to improve my tension. I have tried the five needle method to make the balls but I really haven’t got the skill, maybe once I am fully recovered?
    Look forward to your daily chats. Take good care!

    • Jean Mosley on December 4, 2020 at 1:59 pm


    You were talking about the annual gift of a tree to Great Britain and this poem has been written to celebrate it this year.
    It is beautiful.

    The Christmas Pine
    Julia Donaldson
    Design: Marcus Walters
    Once upon a time I stood
    With brothers and sisters in a wood.
    The old trees told me I had grown
    From a tiny seed inside a cone.
    The whispering wind was a friend of mine.
    She said that I would grow and shine.
    I grew up tall. I grew up high.
    I grew until I saw the sky.
    Then came the day they cut me down
    And carried me off to a distant town.
    I travelled far across the sea,
    And now I am a Christmas tree.
    Here I stand, in a city square.
    I stand and shine in the winter air.
    The lions keep me company
    And Nelson keeps an eye on me,
    And people pass and stop awhile.
    I love to see them gaze and smile.
    But more, yes, more than anything
    I love to hear the children sing.
    Songs of reindeer, songs of snow,
    Reminding me of long ago,
    Songs of kings who travelled far,
    And songs of light from a distant star.
    I cannot stay forever here.
    Another tree will come next year,
    But think of me when I am gone;
    Remember how I grew and shone,
    And may the children grow and shine,
    Grow and shine like the Christmas pine.

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