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Let’s talk about our crazy weather and the closed toe cast-on for socks.

Easter and the week immediately after were pretty nice in Southern Norway. We’ve had lots of sun and warm weather and we spent a lot of time out on our deck enjoying the sun. Lately though, it has been very cold, as Arctic air has been coming into Norway and May is turning out to be unusually cold. The weather is just so bizarre these days and we just can’t believe the view  that we we woke up to a few days ago, on May 9th :

Just so you know, this is very unusual for Norway! Sure, during this time of the year there can still be ice on the lake, which will usually be gone by the middle of May – but this much snow is insane! And a bit depressing too. Well, it looks like the weather will be improving in the days to come and hopefully we can get back to spring soon!

The cold and depressing weather hasn’t been all that bad for us, though. We have been able to sit in our studio, work and finish up the design work that we have been doing for Spring/Summer 2020. It’s always such a relief, when we finish a big project and can send off all the designs. And that is when all the work really starts. In the next few weeks and months, we will be working with the technical team, pattern writers and knitters and we will be answering a lot of questions and eventually we will start seeing ready made samples, do fittings and just make sure that all our designs end up looking the way we want the to look. We’d say that from the time we get a commission to design a collection and until the time the collection launches into the market, it takes between 9 – 12 months. And now that spring 2020 is out of the way, we can start working on Autumn / Winter 2020 – and that’s even before the summer of 2019 is officially here! When we work with books, it takes even longer – it takes about 2 years from our original ideas are pitched to the publisher until the book is ready printed and in our hands. No wonder we are always confused about the date or year, considering we live so far ahead in the future! We will write more about the design process in future blog posts, so make sure to come here weekly, to get the whole story.

Now, let’s talk about the next few weeks:

This week, we bring you yet another sock episode and show you how to do a closed toe cast on, so that you never again need to sew the hole of the toe, when you knit a toe-up sock! It’s actually very easy and makes a lot of sense, once you see how it is done. So we are sure a lot of people will be casting on socks this week! You can check out the episode here:

Next week on Sunday May 19th, we have a special treat for all of you:  we will be doing our special Podcast and feature work from the Floral Crochet Throw that we showed in our third Live Stream (the throw is shown at 11:05) which was broadcast 8 months ago. And Yes! There will be a pattern which will be available in our new shop!!

We wish you a great week ahead!

Enjoy!

ARNE & CARLOS

PS: if you missed last week’s episode about our spiral sock, check in out here. And click on this link to get the pattern.

Calendar of events (click on links for more info)

May 28th – June 3rd, 2019: “Knitting Under the Midnight Sun”. Cruise along the stunning Norwegian coast together with us. Due to another cancellation, we still have 1 cabin available. More information is available here.

August 15th – 19th, 2019: Tour some of Britain’s most stunning gardens together with us. In addition to visiting some seriously beautiful gardens in the Cotswolds, we have tickets to Prince Charles’ Garden at his private residence, Highgrove. These tickets are almost impossible to come by, so this is a unique chance! There are still a few spots available. We are SO excited about this trip!! More information is available here.

March 3rd – 9th, 2020: “Knitting under the Northern Lights”. Cruise along the stunning Norwegian coast together with us. We just opened this cruise for registration and half of the spots are already gone. We expect it to sell out very soon. More information is available here.

    • Nancy Wagner on May 12, 2019 at 8:04 pm

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    I just recently found you two, and already my knitting enthusiasm and technique have taken quantum leaps forward! You make everything look so easy and fun, and by golly when I try your techniques they ARE easy and fun. So thanks for all the tips! I can’t wait to get my hands on some of your Perfect yarn and try my hand at some socks.
    Nancy in Kansas City

    • Joy on May 13, 2019 at 1:31 am

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    I like your close toe cast cast on , I am going to use it from now. Do you increase only on the first needle?

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    • Sarah Ackroyd on May 13, 2019 at 7:28 am

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    Oooohhhhh that’s fancy pants knitting! I shall do that on my next sock. The pointy easiest heel in the world does fit beautifully once the sock is worn. Thank you again for that pattern, it means I’ll never have to read a complicated sock pattern again 😊

    • Sue Bennedik on May 13, 2019 at 9:04 am

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    Hi. Discovered you 2 years ago when you inspired me to get back into knitting after a long break and to master sock knitting for the first time! I’d like to ask if you have any plans to develop a cotton yarn (for those of us who find wool itchy) and/or some patterns using cotton.

    • Sue Grohn on May 13, 2019 at 9:18 am

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    This news format is really lovely. Well done!

    • Sue Attwood on May 13, 2019 at 9:56 am

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    That’s great! Thank you for yet another great tip. I just wondered if you have ever tried the Crasytrio sock needles? I use them all of time, not just for socks but for fingerless mitts too. Only 3 needles so less complicated than 4/5 needles. Have a lovely week!

    • Judith Gerdes on May 13, 2019 at 10:28 am

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    Arne and Carlos, I discovered the two of you about six months ago; I’m hooked to everything utube, podcasts and your beautiful books. You’ve inspired me to be more creative, possibly do an Etsy site and try to write patterns. Thank you so much

    • Maria on May 13, 2019 at 12:40 pm

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    I discovered you less than a year ago, and so glad I did! I have some of your wonderful books and enjoy every one of them. I knitted my first socks using Judy’s magic loop cast on and used it on the four dolls I knitted from one of your books. Works like a charm! Thank you for sharing this cast on method, not many people know about it. You made many of your followers very happy. All the best!

    • Donna Aase on May 13, 2019 at 1:40 pm

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    We are all looking forward to what you have been planning. You continue to inspire us. I am working on learning your cast on method for a closed toe.

    • Rachel Small on May 13, 2019 at 2:48 pm

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    So lovely to live in such a beautiful place whether it’s winter, spring, summer or fall. Our weather here in Ontario, Canada is also very wonky this year and my little plants I have sprouted for the garden are still sitting inside most of the time under a heat lamp. As for me, I am cuddled under a cozy blanket on my couch watching your videos an knitting up a storm! All the best, Arne and Carlos – stay warm!

    • Teresa on May 13, 2019 at 2:52 pm

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    Lot of love from Spain. 😘 😘

    • Angela on May 13, 2019 at 3:38 pm

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    Hello,

    Thank you for the tutorial! Arne, what kind of double points are you using? They look flat with a little bulb at the end and are beautifully decorated. Thank you!

    • Lisa on May 13, 2019 at 3:44 pm

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    Crazy weather!
    I work in the fashion industry working on sweaters (I’ve done technical design, design, product development and raw material sourcing) and I’m jealous you get so much time for your own line to design it. Everything moves so fast now! I enjoy everything you guys do! And I was just thinking of doing a closed toe for socks, my coworker did this technique for a pocket and I thought “that would be good to use for toes in socks” —and then next thing I know you have a video!

    • susan on May 14, 2019 at 4:01 am

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    Hi to both of you ,The weather in Rhode Island has been crazy too .just rain day after day it seems and cold. Mother’s Day it poured all day long .but just wanted to say I got a few pairs of the Prim dpn knitting needles .And WOW I love them. thanks for the tip happy knitting Sue

    • Jo An on May 16, 2019 at 2:04 pm

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    Cold and windy here too. A year ago we were practically living in the garden. Now we need an extra blanket. And I do not have such beautiful blankets as you two guys ;-( Keep up your hopes though. Summer will come eventually.
    Hope to see you again next year in Cologne H+H Messe, since I had to miss this years event. To avoid making you more confused in time, that will be March 20-22, year 2020.
    Wishing you lots of midnight sun!
    Jo An – Wolhalla

    • Whitney Price on May 17, 2019 at 5:26 pm

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    I hope this won’t be considered rude to link to other vloggers, but I genuinely believe that you, Arne, will be interested in the techniques discussed and you, Carlos, will be interested in the Orkney Islands history and anthropology. Both of you may be interested in hearing her reflections on designing knitwear influenced by history and modern art. Lucy Hague, on the Fruitty Knitting vlog (she starts at 46:33): https://youtu.be/4xTRrfMeDkw

    • Jennifer Day on May 24, 2019 at 3:13 am

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    I’m glad to see you guys post this so I know that I’m not the only one who finds this cast on great for sock toes! I actually made my very first sock ever, your “World’s Easiest Sock”, and I figured why not go for it. I used the closed toe cast on for the toe, and knit the sock, then when I went to do the heel, I wondered why should I have a seam there either? So, I made another “toe”, and kitchnered it in for the heel! Woohooo! I love it, I get totally seamless socks, with no irritating bumps in them! I am working on the second sock in the pair now, and getting excited to do more! That first sock, by the way, was a very scary step for me. I have only just learned to knit successfully after years of frustrated trying, had never used double pointed needles, and had never attempted anything other than a flat gauge swatch.

    • Kendra Goodin on May 24, 2019 at 5:22 am

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    Hello…knitting endlessly here… Thanks for sharing your lives.
    skills & joie de vivre. . You guys make me happy.
    Yarn Over & Out..
    Kendra Goodin in Colorado

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