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Sit and Knit for a Bit Episode 8

Every week, we will give you a recap on everything that is going on around here, and we will also continue to release new blocks for the free knitalong that we started during our quarantine, back in March! We hope you will join us on this adventure!

New episodes will be published on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm Central Europe / 12:00 pm Eastern / 11:00 am Central / 9:00 am Pacific and can be viewed any time after that. And of course, we will continue publishing our regular tutorials every Sunday at the usual time!

The latest episode of our new podcast “Sit and Knit for a Bit” is available now. Check out the video below and keep scrolling for today’s block as well as the full pattern and previous blocks.

Also, we are adding the video that was recorded 10 years ago, that we mentioned in our latest podcast.

Hope you enjoyed today’s podcast, remember to tag your photos of your blocks with #sitandknitforabit on Instagram so that we can see them! Keep scrolling for today’s video and new block!

ARNE & CARLOS

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It’s the tenth anniversary of our book 55 Christmas Balls to Knit! Enjoy the video!

PS: The crew came to film the video when we were in the process of recladding our house with new panelling.

 

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TODAY’S BLOCK # 38. THREE BUTTERFLIES

CHART 38 THREE BUTTERFLIES. Click on the image to download the chart.

And please respect our copyright. Do NOT repost any of the charts anywhere. Instead, we kindly ask that you link back to this page. Keep scrolling for the full pattern and all charts

ENJOY!

ARNE & CARLOS

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SIT and KNIT for a BIT KAL PATTERN

Materials: Any DK yarn in any quality, texture or any colour. It’s really up to you! The gauge of the yarn you are looking for in your stash is approximately 22 stitches and 30 rows to 10 cms/ 4 inches. However, dot worry if it’s not exactly this, everything will work. We promise!

You will need yarn in 2 different colours for each daily clue, and the quantities per colour per clue are going to be very small, about 6 – 8 grams per colour.

Needles: 2 needles size 4.0 mm / U.S. Size 6. We are working with 2 dpns in 20 cm length / U.S. 8”. Since we will be knitting back and forth, you can use other, longer needles if you like, but the shortest size should be 20cm / 8”. Don’t go for anything shorter than this! Circular needles can also be used.

Finished size of our squares: After blocking them, our blocks are 13cm wide x 14 cm long. Do not worry if your squares are not the same size as ours. The project will be individually tailored to your yarn, and there are no sizes to worry about.

WRITTEN PATTERN:

CO 29 sts = row 1.

Knit the next 38 rows following the daily charts below.

(Even-numbered rows are purl rows and odd-numbered rows are knit rows.)

Bind off after row 39 purlwise.

Sew in ends and press the square with a wet towel and a hot iron.

Our best tip to keep the edges neat:

We knit the first stitch on each needle, both when working knit-side and purl-side, to make a more firm edge. On needles were we use both colours, we knit the last stitch with both colours, but when we turn the work, we knit or purl the first stitch only with the main colour.

Click to download charts 1- 15 as printable pdfs here: Charts 1-15

Click to download charts 16- 30 as printable pdfs here: Charts 16-30

And click to download the latest printable pdfs here: Chart 31, CHART 32, CHART 33, CHART 34, CHART 35, CHART 36, CHART 37, CHART 38

(These are huge files, so please be patient and allow for it to download, it takes a few minutes or up to 15 minutes if your connection is slow)

All charts remain our property, and even if they are free of charge, they can only be downloaded from this site for personal use. Distributing the charts or making them public on other websites or in social media is not allowed. All rights reserved. Copyright © 2020 ARNE & CARLOS

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    • Valerie Whitmer on October 28, 2020 at 5:16 pm

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    Yay!!! You guys are in a commercial! https://www.ispot.tv/ad/toOX/walmart-all-you-need-song-by-aretha-franklin
    Lookin Good!

      • Karen on November 1, 2020 at 5:16 pm

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      Thanks for posting the link Valerie. I hadn’t seen the commercial yet so now I know what to look for. It was such fun to see Arne & Carlos on US television.

      • Debi Robinson on November 2, 2020 at 12:42 pm

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      Thank you for posting the link to the Walmart commercial, Valerie Whitmer. I love Arne & Carlos <3

      • Janet on November 20, 2020 at 9:06 am

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      Thanks for the link to the Walmart ad. It is very frustrating that Walmart do sell craft items and have a huge range in their big stores in America. Over in U.K. I wish Asda would do the same. Note Asda is owned by walmart

    • Helen on October 28, 2020 at 5:25 pm

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    Hello Arne and Carlos

    I am quite new to the knit along and am so enjoying knitting the beautiful blocks that you design. Please Please do carry on sharing them with your family of knitters.They are such fun to make and I look forward to seeing each week what the new design will be. Thank you again for your blog and tutorials.

    With Best Wishes
    Helen

    • Teresa D Osburn on October 28, 2020 at 6:32 pm

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    Hi, Arne & Carlos,
    I haven’t started knitting the blocks, but I’m still collecting them each week. When I finish crocheting Astri, I’ll start knitting the Christmas balls and the quarantine blocks. Please release the new blocks early!

    • Teresa D Osburn on October 28, 2020 at 6:33 pm

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    Sorry! I meant please release the patterns for the new Christmas balls early, not the new blocks.

    • Ginny on October 28, 2020 at 7:16 pm

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    Hi Arne & Carlos,
    Despite being a commercial, I believe that it does send along the perfect message for you both to be a part of. Congratulations!!

    • Tracy on October 28, 2020 at 7:55 pm

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    Arne & Carlos have definitely helped me get thru stay at home orders and all the physical/social precautions we are now taking! Thank you both and keeping designing for us all.

    • Laurel on October 28, 2020 at 8:05 pm

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    Arne and Carlos, you make my week. Please keep the blocks coming, enjoy making them. New Christmas balls are a great idea. Have fun cooking, you are both great at debating 😉

    • Marilyn on October 28, 2020 at 8:34 pm

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    You both are awesome! I have knitted some of the blocks and had them claimed by my granddaughter as blankets for her dolls! I would love to see the new Christmas balls early.

    Carlos, your hair is nice now, but I really like the way it was in the video when the Christmas balls came out.

    • Luther hanson on October 28, 2020 at 9:02 pm

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    Not interested in the squares till you mentioned double knitting WOW Once I figured it out. I am hooked. Looking forward to new double knitting project. Just finished the second Christmas stocking. Beginning the third. Thanks for the great designs. Visits on sit and knit great return to reality in these mixed up times

    • Nicole on October 29, 2020 at 12:43 am

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    Releasing the new Christmas balls a bit earlier would be great! Will give me enough time to make them and then admire on our tree 😊. Thanks for another wonderful episode!!!

    • Shannon Brown on October 29, 2020 at 2:29 am

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    Please Christmas balls sooner then later🤞🏻

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    YES! Blocks! I began the project with you in April and was so thrilled to see you back with Sit and Knit for a Bit, with more block patterns. I am aiming for 96 blocks and a finished blanket project. Thank you; so nice to sit with you and hear your stories.

    • Rita Henderson on October 29, 2020 at 2:39 am

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    Keep doing patterns! Love it! I teach middle school students to knit at lunchtime and they are fascinated with knitting! I learned as a child and passing along for future knitters!
    Congratulations on your commercial with big store!
    Love both podcasts!
    ❤️

    • Janice Petaja on October 29, 2020 at 3:03 am

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    I loved knitting the initial squares to make a pillow but won’t be making any more. However, I like seeing them and may use them in the future on other projects. Right now I’m getting ready to join my Hedvig throw.

    • Tina Lewis on October 29, 2020 at 3:58 am

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    Thank you so much for your knitting info. I am new to your podcast and a beginning knitter. I have done my first colorwork block. Thanks for your encouragement. Also tried a cable. You are what we need during this pandemic. For me it is just so nice to see how the two of you get along and respect each other’s ideas and opinions. Keep up the great work.

    • Tina on October 29, 2020 at 5:47 am

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    Please do continue with the patterns! I’m still knitting all of them and, like Arne, I’m looking forward to a blanket and to use up leftover yarn. The video from ten years ago is fun! Thanks for resharing. Looking forward to the updated Christmas balls!

    • Nikki Perkins on October 29, 2020 at 9:07 am

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    I’m having my morning coffee and watching you two and you have made me laugh because my husband does the same as Arne when he gets up earlier than I , two breakfasts ! .Can’t believe it’s 10 years since the book , time goes so quickly. Take care you two.

    • Deborah Anne Alchin on October 29, 2020 at 9:41 am

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    Hello from Australia. Love your YouTube videos and the glimpses of your Norwegian culture. I can’t wait until we can all travel again and I can visit your beautiful country. I’m still knitting blocks in amongst other knitting projects too. Thank you for inspiring us all.

    • Kathy Clower on October 29, 2020 at 1:59 pm

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    Please continue your lovely little squares. I am an avid knitter in Florida, USA. It is so wonderful to have these small portable projects to look forward to. I have watched you in the past, but only recently discovered your “Sit and Knit for a Bit.” They are so entertaining! With my Blue tooth hearing aids, I can listen while my husband watches sports on the TV with his 🎧.

    • Susan on October 29, 2020 at 3:53 pm

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    Please keep going with the squares. I’ve been ‘with you’ both on this whole project journey since April
    and still enjoy making each new one, even though none of them are joined up together yet!
    Looking forward to seeing the new Christmas Balls patterns too. I have the book & have knitted quite a few of them over the years.

    • Linda Wilcox on October 29, 2020 at 4:13 pm

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    A pre release of the new Christmas Balls would be a wonderful teaser and give us multiple project knitters a chance to do them all in time for the home holiday decorating. So enjoying your podcasts. They keep me company as a widow in the quarantine times.

    • Shirley Beard on October 29, 2020 at 6:13 pm

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    Knitting Christmas Balls is my happy place. And this year I have needed them more than ever. It takes me back to those special days we shared 6 years ago and everything that I have learned from you with my knitting and crochet from you in the years since. Thank you so very much. I look forward to the new designs whenever the time is right. Hugs.

    • Laura Willumstad on October 29, 2020 at 7:10 pm

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    Hi Arne and Carlos, I purchased the Rein pattern. I have done fair isle but never tried intarsia. Do you have a tutorial for intarsia or can you recommend one? Help! Want to knit it correctly and the instructions state to cut separate pieces of yarn?

    • Kathleen on October 29, 2020 at 8:02 pm

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    OMG, Carlos! You are singing my song!!!
    Leftover effects from a 2012 closed head injury meant losing my 3 pairs of glasses (distance, computer, and dark ones) all the time. It took years for me to find Peg & Awl bags. (www.pegandawlbuilt.com) I got The Small Hunter Satchel which is easy to wear all the time, leaves you hands free, and carries 2 pairs of my glasses in hard cases and my cell phone. The third pair is on my face. P E R F E C T as long as I wear the pouch all the time.
    With the onset of Covid distractions and forgetting even more, I got the larger version for my wallet, car keys, Bullet Journal (another memory reliever!), and Covid supplies for grocery shopping. Again, still hands free.
    I highly recommend!!
    And oh, how I love you two!!! Felt so reassured by your Nostepinnde (sp?) video!!! I love telling new knitters that no matter how long anyone has knit, we ALL still fall on our faces.]
    I LOVE your humor, your differences, your passion for artful creating! Love hearing and learning new words….please add Spanish!
    You bring such joy and good company to my solitary world….as does my dear Buttons, my dog..
    Thank you!!!

    • John on October 29, 2020 at 8:09 pm

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    Christmas balls; sooner is better!
    Made almond milk for the first time and had it with my steel cut oats this morning! Really good!!! It’s one of those things I never even thought of doing until you showed how easy it is!

    Carlos, I’d love to know more about the shirt you’re weaving with the little figures on it.

    • Yvonne Klatt on October 29, 2020 at 8:35 pm

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    Loved watching this episode, fascinating to learn about your chickens, and of course the entire team!
    The link to the 10 year old clip was fun to watch and hear you talking with subtitles. To think I just started knitting the Christmas balls last year!
    Thank you for all you do and share!

    • Nancy Mason on October 29, 2020 at 8:44 pm

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    You guys are great! Sit and knit is a highlight of my week! Who is Kate and what is her blog?

    • Betsy on October 29, 2020 at 11:49 pm

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    I started your Quarantine KAL the first week you offered it, and it’s made such a difference! I’m still knitting your squares, so it’s always exciting when it’s Wednesday again and I can see the new design! Thanks so much for continuing to release new squares. I’m so glad to have such a wonderful project to work on…and to have made such a dent in my stash!

    • joyce hancock on October 30, 2020 at 12:01 am

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    I have not had time to knit your blocks yet, but I am collecting them and plan to make them in the future. Please keep designing them, Arne.

    • MaryLC on October 30, 2020 at 1:12 am

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    Your “Sit and knit for a bit” last night was such a great ending to a yucky day. I was trying to laugh quietly so as not to disturb, but you are both so fun! And the Porridgegate episode, what a joy!

    This site popped up in my YouTube today – https://youtu.be/UCZlZCze_lI – about what Norwegians eat for breakfast. There were a few mentions of gröt, and one person mentioned Arne’s breakfast of bread and brown cheese. Ancestry.com says I’m 71% Swedish, 21% Norwegian, and 8% Finnish…most of the Swedish came from my dad’s family in Värmland. He loved gröt made with oatmeal soaked in the meat juices left from the Christmas dopp i grytan. He was in heaven!

    I started trying one of your Christmas balls last year but gave up on using the DP needles. I’m going to try again this year with the 24 new patterns. Love your channel. Take care of each other!

    • RITA SIVILS on October 30, 2020 at 5:54 am

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    Yes, I continue to download the blocks, but am waiting for surgery for De Quiveins Tennosis. Also got socks, duckies, and Christmas stockings!!! Almost feels like family….

    • Izzy on October 30, 2020 at 6:32 am

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    I love your squares, please keep making them

    • Susan Goodman on October 30, 2020 at 7:20 am

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    Thank you for the Sit and Knit for a bit episodes, I am absolutely loving them. It’s charming to see your natural interaction with each other and I think it’s a winning formula. Arne’s playful manner is hysterical against your more ordered manner.

    Would love the pattern of the Knitted balls to be released early ( first week in November?) to allow time to create them so they can be hung up the first week in December when the decorations are going up and keep the squares coming… I plan to create a very special memory of 2020 blanket using the squares from this wonderful project. I only wished I had started off doing them double knitted so I had a reversible blanket as suggested by Arne

    • Angela Linke on October 30, 2020 at 12:39 pm

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    Thank you so much for the weekly blocks. I really enjoy making them and they’re helping me become more comfortable with color work. Please, please, please, keep them coming! I really want to turn them into a blanket. As for the Christmas balls- yes, release the patterns TODAY! Don’t wait ’till the end of Nov. I can’t wait to see them.

    • Mary Rosenthall on October 30, 2020 at 1:31 pm

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    Yes still knitting blocks and looking forward to more! Also hope to see the balls early so I can make more for Christmas. Thanks for the entertaining videos and all the squares.

    • Lesley on October 30, 2020 at 3:13 pm

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    I have completed knitting the blocks and sewed them into a floor cushion. I haven’t finished the back yet. The blocks got me through lockdown here at the school in Egypt. Now we can get out a bit more if we have masks in etc. so I am knitting other projects. Mostly a fair isle sweater. I’d love to knit the new Christmas balls… I am busy at work so would appreciate the extra time of an early release. It would be so nice to knit them and take them back to the US for Christmas gifts.

    • Verona H on October 30, 2020 at 3:45 pm

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    I love your squares, please keep making them!
    I make Magnus the mouse with needle 8mm and i do like that, the clothes for Magnus the mous/rat with needle 10 mm.
    Now i make a doll out your book with needle 8mm, thats big.
    And i make your christmas balls!
    Thank you, hug from Nederland

    • Irina on October 30, 2020 at 6:23 pm

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    Hi Arne and Carlos,

    Thank you for the continuing support of all the knitters around the world. I have been knitting your quarantine blocks until the whether got really warm here, in upstate New York. Now it’s time to resume. I also made a few Easter eggs back in April, and am still working on a stripy knitted blanket. I was expecting one of the blocks to be devoted to a geranium plant, as you have have quite a few in your greenhouse. I’m looking forward to new designs of Xmas balls!

    • Catherine Silver on October 30, 2020 at 7:53 pm

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    Love the squares. Presently knitting your Christmas Balls and your birds.

    • Janice Steiner on October 31, 2020 at 2:00 am

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    You mentioned goat cheese in an older video when you talked about Norwegian Easter traditions. Is this gjetost? I love, love, love it, but wonder how and when Norwegians eat it, eg with sliced fruit or crackers, melted on toast?

    • Elisabeth Coyne on October 31, 2020 at 8:13 am

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    Hi. I’d also love to see the new baubles pattern released early please! I’ve started using the closed toe cast on method for making the balls as it makes the bottom of the baubles neater and saves time when finishing them off. When I’ve cast on, I knit one round and then transfer to 4 DPNs.

    • Grace Williams on October 31, 2020 at 4:06 pm

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    Please let us at least know which wool you recommend for the Christmas balls so that we can be ready to go, a project for the new lock down which can’t be far away. Love your patches, I then had to design some of my own to personalise family blankets – I have made 4 x 63 block blankets and 1 x 81 block blanket and it is all thanks to you!!!

    • Colleen on October 31, 2020 at 6:17 pm

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    Please continue the knitting blocks. I look forward to them weekly.

    • Cynthia on November 1, 2020 at 2:10 am

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    Thank you for another wonderful virtual visit with you both. Love the commercial spot. Perfect. You are part of my quarantine memories. Making the 24 small balls for my holiday project. 💕 Thank you. Looking forward to seeing the new ones. Happy hello from So.California.

    • Gail Knife Chief on November 1, 2020 at 8:31 pm

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    Dear Arne & Carlos,
    Please continue doing what you are doing. You bring not just knowledge of your crafts and culture into our homes, but openess and humor about relationships and living through this pandemic.

    I’m so glad that I discovered you two in the spring of the year when you were doing the quarantine motifs. Thank you, Gail from southern California

    • Eleni on November 2, 2020 at 6:18 am

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    You are both sooo wonderful,
    Thank you for sharing your lovely works and recipes 😊
    I have to propose something, what about funky designs for curtains… to get rid off our boring curtains and spice up the rooms…
    Big hug from 🇬🇷 (Greece)

    • louise arsenault on November 2, 2020 at 3:32 pm

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    I have your Christmas Balls book, and already made many of them (around 40). Making it with your designs and with other designs found everywhere. I love making them with animal figures, mostly (polar bear, cat, dog, bird, mouse, etc.).
    I am very happy that you will provide us with new Christmas balls designs. Can’t wait to see them. I knit the balls in white and red or red and white. I made one in red with gold inserts and one red with silver. As per your block patterns, I have not made them, but I have them and maybe use them for small squares knitted in round, put a loop and hang them in the Christmas tree. And use your Christmas balls motifs on it also. Lots of possibilities, lots of ideas.
    Waiting for November 22 or “before”, maybe. Thank you from Quebec City, from one of your biggest fan.

    • Margaret Hier on November 2, 2020 at 4:39 pm

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    I am going to start on these as my “take along with me” projects. Thankyou!

    • Beth on November 2, 2020 at 6:32 pm

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    Thank you so much for doing this podcast. I’m so enjoying your smiling faces twice a week. I sit, knit and drink tea most times while watching. It’s so nice to have something cheerful to watch. Thank you, Thank you!

    • Kristal on November 5, 2020 at 7:27 am

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    I wonder why I haven’t received the last three newsletters. I subscribed to it again today.

    • Torhild on November 5, 2020 at 8:34 pm

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    The video “a blast from the plast” is just amazing. I don’t think I’ve even heard Arne speaking Norwegian before, and I wonder how much Swedish does Carlos speak now after all these years. Brilliant 😁😁😁

    • Allie on November 13, 2020 at 1:58 pm

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    Christmas “Balls” are called Ornaments not “Balls” in English. Please don’t refer to them as Balls anymore. Not in good taste.
    Thanks
    Allie
    Jamestown, Rhode Island

    • Allie Sabalis on November 13, 2020 at 1:58 pm

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    Christmas “Balls” are called Ornaments not “Balls” in English. Please don’t refer to them as Balls anymore. Not in good taste.
    Thanks
    Allie
    Jamestown, Rhode Island

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