Happy fourth of advent! We are now in full Christmas mode and we have been busy all day, decorating the house and putting up our trees! Here are two photos for you to enjoy, taken 10 years apart, and featured in the original and now updated versions of our book “55 Christmas Balls to Knit”. How much have we aged?!?
For those who are wondering, our previous dog’s name was Lyda and she was a mix of Border Collie, Collie and Shetland Sheepdog. A true beauty who brought us much joy and lived to be 16.5 years old. She passed away in November 2011 and Freja was born in April 2012. Can you spot Freja in the second photo?
The ARNE & CARLOS End-of-Year Podcast
We recorded our End-of -Year Podcast, which will be the last episode in 2019, a few days ago and we are really looking forward to sharing all the things we did this year with you! Check out our video below and make sure to catch the end of the podcast for more information about that special giveaway that we are doing with Prym. The winners will be randomly selected from across all our social media platforms and announced on December 24th.
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As you can see from the video above, 2019 was a year of travelling for us. Especially fall was very busy as we travelled across the Atlantic in September, to tour the USA and Canada for 78 days! It was a wonderful tour and again, we’d like to thank everyone that made this possible and everyone who attended!
One of our favourite things we did this year were the knitting cruises on the Norwegian Coastal Express, which took place in March and early June respectively. It’s such a brilliant way to show people our country and teach them about our culture and everyone had so much fun doing our “Mystery Knit Along”. We were also happy to see that the non-knitting spouses were kept busy as well, either attending the lectures on local wildlife and ecosystems as well as Norwegian culture, which are offered onboard on a daily basis and are complimentary or joining the knitting group during our Knitting Café hours in the Panorama lounge to enjoy the stunning views from the floor to ceiling windows while reading a book or having a drink. It proves that we have a winning concept that caters to both knitters and non-knitters!
We are looking forward to doing knitting cruises in Norway in 2020! The March cruises are sold out and have a very long waiting list, but we still have some limited availability (4 spots) on our Classic Roundtrip which will take place in September 2020. September is a fantastic time of the year to visit Norway as the weather can still be very warm. There can also be sightings of the Aurora Borealis at that time of the year. Click here to sign up.
PS: If you are joining us on either one of our cruises in 2020, be warned that there is at least one highly specialised local yarn shop that sells premium yarns at every one of the 34 ports the boat docks at and most grocery stores sell premium yarn in Norway! Compared to the USA, premium yarns in 100% natural materials are on average 20% – 30% cheaper in Norway than in the USA, so bring and extra suit case!
IN OUR WEBSHOP THIS WEEK: We hope you enjoy knitting all our Christmas patterns, such as our 24 Christmas balls, SIA, the Christmas Star and our Christmas Stocking! We are now preparing new tutorials and new patterns that will be available in 2020!
Check out our webshop for loads of inspiring patterns and updates!
It is now time to take a little break from the blog for holidays We will be back sometime in January, however, as always, we will continue to post videos on our YouTube channel every week, at our usual time: 6:00pm CET // 11:00 am CST, starting from January 5, 2020.
We’d like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your support this year, it means so much to us to have such devoted fans and we can’t wait to share 2020 with you!
Wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Prosperous and Healthy New Year!
All our love,
ARNE & CARLOS