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Let’s talk about our latest socks and a special give away!

Autumn is definitely here! Time to cozy up in front of the fireplace wearing hand knitted socks that will keep your feet nice and toasty! We have just updated our web shop with 4 fair isle sock patterns for that stylish and colourful fall look:

Click on the images to purchase the patterns:



The socks have been knitted with the Regia Premium series, click on the links below to get the yarns:

Webs: Merino Yak, Silk.  Yarn Cupboard: Alpaca Soft, Silk.  Babetta’s: Merino Yak, Silk. Churchmouse: Merino Yak, Alpaca Soft.  Grace Robinson: Alpaca Soft, Silk


This week on our channel:

Our first giveaway and some tips and hacks for when doing a long tail cast on:


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NEW!! Come meet us in Los Altos Hills, CA! October 16th-18th, 2019. We still have some availability for our workshops and Lecture during these days and really look forward to seeing you there! The organiser of the event is Uncommon Threads. Click here for more information.

NEW!! COME JOIN US IN FREEPORT, MAINE! November 23rd – 24th, 2019. We are delighted to announce that we will be spending two days at the award winning hotel, the  Harraseeket Inn in downtown Freeport, to teach 4 classes that will leave inspired with new knitting techniques and design ideas. This event is organised by Grace Robinson & Co. Click here for more information.

Dream Knitting Cruise from Sydney to New Zealand. Yes!!! We are delighted to announce that we are returning to Australia and visiting New Zealand in 2020. Join us for this amazing 12 day, 11 night Knitting Cruise that departs from Sydney on March 27th, 2020 and visits all the amazing sights in New Zealand! More information is available here and here.

IN OUR WEBSHOP THIS WEEK: Socktober is here and there are plenty of other sock patterns available here.




    • Betsy Burch on October 7, 2019 at 4:07 am


    I would love getting a printed pattern for the socks without heels. I sent the $6.50 and am unable to bring the pattern up on this ancient computer. Please help me by sending a printed pattern. I love you two. You knit the prettiest neatest things I ever saw. Betsy Burch

    • Bon on October 7, 2019 at 4:19 am


    Hello Betsy,
    Many libraries have a free service to print a limited amount of copies per week. Some even offer color copies.
    And many also offer free computer time to go with it.
    Libraries are wonderful!

    • LucindaL on October 7, 2019 at 4:28 am


    I wish Autumn is in the air. Today, San Gabriel, CA was 91° F/32° celsius! It’s hot here!
    I wish I as in Northern CA to see both of you but wishing you the best while you are here in California.
    Your sock patterns are beautiful! There’s nothing like wearing a pair of hand-knitted socks. I’m in heaven!

    • Nancy Grossmann on October 7, 2019 at 12:53 pm


    I can’t get the paid-for patterns to print. Thanks

    • Thérèse cartier on October 7, 2019 at 1:35 pm


    Hi Arnes and Carlos,
    First, my English is not that good but the important thing is that I understand you and I can follow you on your show…
    I would love to win these needles “Prym”: I never try them but it seems to be easier.
    I have a little grand-children and I like to knit for them as long as “they” choose the color of the wool!!!
    So for them, I would knit socks, mittens and hats: it gives me a great satisfaction to knit for Maëlle and Simon, I love them so much!.
    Thank you for your podcast and everything!

    • Nancy on October 7, 2019 at 3:48 pm


    I did get the Dorthe to print, but the second sock of order #4420 didn’t make it. Could you please reprint the second sock? Thanks

    • Maria Angelina Gonçalves Carvalhais on October 7, 2019 at 3:52 pm


    Arne and Carlos,
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Ernestina Morales on October 7, 2019 at 4:00 pm


    Omg I love the socks I will make some for my grand kids and my family now that I learned how in Santa Paula its starting to be cold thanx to you 2 for teaching all the beautiful thing you do love them 😍🥰

    • Linda Clark on October 7, 2019 at 5:02 pm


    I’m sure you know by now that your long tailed cast on video was not included in this post. But no worries, I ran right over to YouTube and searched it out. After listening I attempted to leave a comment to enter myself into the draw for the beautiful set of needles. Alas, the YouTube site crapped out and after trying for a third time I’ve come back over here to send you a note. Is it me 😎, my computer, or the great mystery that is messing with technology today.

    You asked what would I knit with these gorgeous needles well just about any of the hundreds of projects I have on my list right now, I’ve making market bags, socks, hats, blankets, wraps and baskets to name just a few. I knit with wool then machine felt lovely little baskets and bowls or pods as they may sometimes be called. I’ve done felt Birdhouses which are totally sweet and I have many of my felted delights displayed around my home. Happy to send a picture if your curiosity has gotten the best of you.

    Thank you for entering my name into your wonderful draw.


    • Matthew Farmer on October 7, 2019 at 10:19 pm


    I would love to win a pair of your knitted crew socks but I don’t see a contest form to fill out, if I could I hope this is the way to inter the chance to win a pair.😀

    • Teresa on October 8, 2019 at 11:49 pm


    Long tail cast on!
    I just watched the YouTube demo and loved the way you removed the fear of running out of yarn, also known as ‘playing yarn chicken’. You guys rock!!!

    Love the Prym needles and can see these being an amazing investment. I’m currently addicted to knitting cowls and cushions (in the round) and can see these little beauties removing the frustration of the yarn snagging where the needle joins the cable. Perfect!

    I’m thinking my dear friend in Orkney would love a set so if I was lucky enough to win, I might have to keep them for myself and buy a second set as a gift for her too.☺

    • Martha Sykora on October 10, 2019 at 12:01 am


    Hello Carlos and Arne! I would love to win the Prym needle gift set for my husband Bill (whom you met on the Northern Lights Hurtigruten cruise—if it helps to put a face to the name it was our son who had the accident while we were away but he is fine now.) Anyway Bill is a very good sport about my knitting habit—and accompanies me to places like beautiful Norway!—so I shouldn’t poke fun at him but sometimes he tries to show off his secondhand knitting knowledge…even if he is a little confused. He told a friend I was knitting with a cable needle when really it was a circular needle, even if as he pointed out it did have a cable connecting the needles. He has learned to knit, perhaps in self-defense, so it would be exciting to win the Prym needles for him to experience what knitting with really nice circular needles is like; especially circular needles with such a high-performance cable! Thank you for this opportunity.

    • Bonnie McGee on October 10, 2019 at 3:59 am


    Hello Arne and Carlos the cold weather is just around the corner and this would be a perfect time to win a set of your Pryn needles fingers crossed 🤞 I have been knitting socks with the REGIA PAIRFECT Design Line by ARNE & CARLOS. This was a great way for me to learn to knit socks 🧦 🧦 the pairfect way. Thank you for showing me how to do the long tale cast on easy Peezy.

    • Angela Loseby on October 10, 2019 at 10:13 am


    Hi Arne and Carlos!,

    Just to say I am recently new to watching your podcasts on the Youtube and i really enjoy them, especially when you talk about Norwegian traditions and Christmas as I love Christmas, can resonate with Arne as I celebrate the child in me as it keeps me young! I am not bothered about winning the knitting needles as I dont enjoy working in the round, but love your work!

    • Joyce Boudreau on October 13, 2019 at 11:43 am


    I like the friendly chatter
    Of Carlos and Arne
    As they help me learn more skills
    When I play with pretty yarn.

    The blog is your method
    For mass communication
    To knitters here in Canada
    And further internationalization

    There is going to be a giveaway
    From Carlos and Arne
    A set of Prym needles
    With which to play with yarn.

    I also watch this charming duo
    On Knit Stars Three
    I admire those white needles
    And wish they belonged to me.

    I would love to own them
    When I’m knitting Fair Isle
    Their rounded points and smoothness
    Will make this knitter smile.

    I require lots of needles
    For all my projects on the go
    To knit warm accessories
    In this land of ice and snow.

    These needles will knit gifts
    For foreign sailors who visit our port
    Who come without warm clothing
    Of any kind or sort.

    They will knit pneumonia vests
    For babes in other lands
    Who have no heat in hospitals
    To warm their chests and hands.

    The homeless and the helpless
    Need warm socks for their feet
    As they seek to survive
    On our icy winter streets.

    So if you think I am worthy
    To receive this knitting tool.
    Just send them here to Canada
    Where the weather is very cool.

    • Trisha on October 13, 2019 at 5:49 pm


    I love to watch you two and greatly enjoy your videos. I would love the opportunity to try Pryms, which look intriguing to me. It would be interesting to see how they work with the Foxpaws shawl.

    • Ken on October 14, 2019 at 9:25 pm


    Gidday Boys we’re a couple of lads from down under on a sheep farm mid Canterbury New Zealand and we’ve been having a gander at a couple of your videos. We have some pretty chilly winters down here and we’ve taken to a bit of knitting on the side. However we’re in a bit of a dilemma or conundrum you might say, we can get all the wool in the world but getting those needles is a different story. A couple of burley blokes like ourselves can’t just walk into the local crafty knitting store and start asking for 3.5mm circular cord needles, we’d be the laughing stock of the town. We’re up for knitting a couple of those fancy jumpers on your website to wear underneath our Swannies (that’s a kiwi typhoon jacket for your info Arne cause you’re not quite up there with you’re Mates English). So we’d appreciate you putting our names forward for that nifty needle set you were showing off on your video…that would be the Oct 2019. Cheers Boys

    • Geraldine Powell on October 15, 2019 at 12:43 am


    Hello from North West Ontario, Canada,
    I just watched the video on mitten construction and was so impressed. Thank you. I organize an annual mitten ( and hats,headbands,neckwarmers) drive every year for the 6 local area schools. Last year, the folks in our small town donated over 450 items for kids. Most of the items are handmade which so impresses me. I get to see many beautiful items. I live in a very generous community called Dryden. I thought I would share this with you, just as a point of interest. I am going to make a pair of mittens, following your pattern! I so enjoy your videos and have learned so much. Thanks so much.
    Geraldine Powell

    • Helen JuntunenBrown on October 15, 2019 at 8:47 pm


    I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 and have since been knitting breast forms for Awesome Breastforms group. This year I took a break so that I can knit mittens for the Native American Macanac Indian children on Macanac island for their Christmas. I am looking forward to seeing if these very special needles will speed up my knitting. Thank you for always paying it forward. Helen Juntunen Brown. Elder of Macanac band St. Ignace , Michigan

    • Marti on October 21, 2019 at 2:57 am


    I would love to try the Prym needles with the rounded tip. Just like Arne said I use my finger to push the tip of the needle, and it does get sore. I’d like to see if the rounded tip makes knitting life easier. I would use the needles to knit a Aurora Borealis cowl — I’m working on one now. I want to make a second with a different yarn weight. The second cowl I’m making I want to gift to a person who helped me translate a German sock pattern. Thank you so much for making me aware of this new Prym needle, and thank you for the chance to win.

    • Debra Kraus on October 21, 2019 at 7:35 am


    Hi Arne and Carlos,
    Thank you for this opportunity to win these lovely needles, they might be just what I need to help me with my attempt at Norwegian knitting.
    Take care and keep up the good work.

    • Elin Natås on October 21, 2019 at 11:03 am


    Hei fra Norge og hytta på Tonsåsen 🙂
    Strikkepinnene ser helt fantastiske ut, jeg strikker VELDIG mye så gode strikkepinner er et must.
    Jeg skal strikke genser til min sønn til jul, han bor upstate NY, går på jakt og trenger en god varm og norsk genser for der er det til tider veldig kaldt. Den må bli ferdig fort så jeg må “speedstrikke” og da må jeg jo ha gode pinner 🙂
    Og på hytta er det ikke så mye lys, dette i kombinasjon med mørkt garn og dårlig syn så er dette superhyttepinner 🙂
    Samtidig er det jo kjærlighet i hver maske så det må bli pent og jevnt.

    Et tips ang. å legge opp masker for å få riktig lengde “on the tail”. Surr garnet rundt 4 fingre, ikke tommelen.
    En omgang rundt er ca. 10 masker. Husk, ikke sprik med fingrene, hold dem inntil hverandre.

    Og en ide til dere om dere er på reise på de kanter og vil ha en workshop,
    se: bare hils fra meg 🙂

    • VLM on October 27, 2019 at 12:19 pm


    i would love to win your needle set. My mother recently went into a care home for people with dememia. I would like to make some teddies and socks for the residents. They need socks as they don’t move about so much as their mobility is limited so their feet get cold. My mums feet are very swollen so she can’t get shoes on. The clients regress back to a child like state some are worse than others so I thought some teddies would be good for then to cuddle. I would also like for you to do another chrismas book with your stockings in it and maybe the tinsel you knittted, some more christmas ball designs( I already have your book) and maybe some small christmas gifts. I am sure you two talented guys can come up with loads of ideas to include.

    • Brenda on October 27, 2019 at 11:03 pm


    Hi there. I had to untangle the yarn from my fingers to type this! My story is short. My mom tried to teach me to knit by sitting across from me (I’m left-handed). What a tragic class. After many attempts she threw up her hands in dismay..”you will never knit, You are backwards ”.
    The year she died I taught myself to knit right-handed at age 60. I have taught myself how to knit on 4 DP needles. (Well I think it’s knitting) I often stab my palms and continually get the yarn wrapped around 2-3 needles, but I love knitting. How do people hold all those needles straight?! I even dream about counting stitches😂 My first pair of socks have holes, but my hats are ok and fun to knit.
    I would use the gifted needles to knit hats for my grandchildren (whether they want them or not). I just found your YouTube sessions and love them. You both make me laugh at my knitting. I see yours, then look at mine and laugh. I so enjoyed your winter tour through your gardens. You are truly blessed with such a wonderful home. Ok…back to my knitting.

    • Elly Bockley on October 29, 2019 at 7:39 pm


    I would love to win the package of 3 knitting needles. I was a Math major so I can easily figure out the US Size :-).

    I need to start a cute baby sweater for my boss who is having a baby in December (well actually his wife). I think these needles would make it so special.


    • Christine Valentine on November 4, 2019 at 5:28 am


    Prym needles are ergonomic and neat
    With them Arne and Carlos design and make socks for our feet
    Prym needle ends are rounded
    So Arne and Carlos can stay grounded
    Without holes in their pointy fingers life is sweet!!!!

    Their sharing and designs
    Improve our knitting gardens and minds
    And they give gifts to others who help their mothers
    grandchildren and brothers
    So we all get a gift in the end

    • jan vinall on November 5, 2019 at 6:03 am


    Hi guys. I posted before but seem to have got lost!
    Hope your touring is going well. This is my entry for your comp. Our first grandchild is due in four weeks!

    For a tiny Christmas grandchild
    And a son born Christmas Day,
    The latter having special needs
    If you should send my way
    Those ergonomic circulars, so brilliant, from Prym,
    I’d make a wombat for the cot,
    And a pair of socks for ‘tiny’ Tim.

    Now, wombats can’t be knitted flat,
    They’re such a comic wonder,
    They’re soft and round and very fat,
    And can’t have seams “down under”.

    But socks are quite another matter,
    I’d manage those on four,
    Because they’re straight, and don’t get fatter,
    Socks are not a chore.

    But I’m not picky; I do crochet
    When knitting’s not the go,
    With a hook from Prym, I’d spend the day
    Making hats, or a cosy throw.

    So you see, I’m blessed, with family I’m rich
    I put my love in every stitch,
    So come on guys, I love your blogs,
    I watch them all the time;
    I read your books, I take your hints
    (I’m learning, as I ought).
    Arne and Carlos, you should know
    I’ve given it some thought,
    Christmas gifts are best hand-made
    With love, and not store bought.

    So in my heart, for Christmas, a very special prayer –
    May the joy that is the real Christmas
    Shine its light on everyone –

    Thanks guys. xx
    Jan Vinall, Adelaide Hills, South Australia (where the wombats live!)

    • That she may never need again! Linda Bertolino on November 18, 2019 at 6:28 am


    Three years ago this past February I have a super arachnoid hemorrhage which is a brain bleed and was in intensive care for two weeks followed by three weeks at a rehabilitation hospital. One of my doctors told me that I was lucky because if I had just waited 30 minutes before getting to the hospital I would not be alive I told her that I was not lucky I was blessed… “There’s a difference! “During my stay at the rehab I was told by one of my therapists that I may never did again. I looked him in the eyes and said “I’ve been knitting since I was eight years old do NOT say those words to me again. During my last visit to my brain surgeon, I brought a small picture album of everything I have needed since my brain bleed. He was amazed! He also shared with me that when he was a small boy, his grandmother taught him how to knit. I shared that both my grandchildren had asked me to teach them when they were small. Before he left the room, he asked if my grandchildren were still knitting. I share that my grandson was not, but his sister does pick up the needles from time to time. When he was leaving the room, he came back into the room, and told me that he had a message from my grandchildren. He said to tell my granddaughter to keep on Knitting… And his message to my grandson was, “ pick up those two sticks and get going! The best exercise you can do for your brain is knitting! “If I won those needles I would use them to make them donate some hats for women who have to have the head shaved for brain surgery… And I would also donate some to the brain support group that I go to monthly, which is run by hospice group, for them to distribute to cancer patients. This would be my Way, of paying forward for all the good I received from these hospitals but also a way of letting the therapist know that you don’t tell a NORWEGIAN That she may never need again! Thank you for the chance to win these wonderful needles!

    • Wendy Sopel-Tetreault on December 1, 2019 at 1:19 am


    a giveaway! Count me in! I have been first influenced to knit by both of my grandmothers who I feel love for whenever I knit. Anyone patient enough to sit with you and correct crazy stitches is who truly stays in your heart. I’m only recently come back to knitting and my favourite thing to knit is socks, and just recently mits/hand warmers. Knitting socks are equivalent to reading a book with short chapters…..knit the cuff then you are onto the leg then onto the heel, etcétéra… and it’s very difficult to put down!!!! that’s why I take them everywhere !!! knitting in public is a great way to start conversations and meet new people. These needle sets look like a good size to try Norwegian style patterns. I’m from Canada and will be seeing you both tomorrow in St. Thomas Ontario!

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