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Let’s talk about inspiration, bobbin lace and our latest Podcast!

A few weeks ago, we announced through a blog post that we had some things planned when it came to the way we use this blog and how interact with you here. In the past, we mainly posted our free patterns on this blog and that was pretty much it. There were no possibilities to comment on our posts or interact with us. Now that we opened our online shop, we will not be posting any more patterns here, so we realised that we have to do something new in this space, which is why we have started to actively write about all the things that are on our minds and we have also opened up for comments on the blog, in order to be more interactive with you! Today, we want to write a little bit more about inspiration:

We have always been passionate about our work and we’ve always said that it’s not the end product designed by us that interests us the most. No, for us, the interesting job is the design process, how we conceive an idea, how we develop it in our minds, how we research it, put it in a historical context, sketch it and how we see it come to life. We are constantly researching and looking for new ideas. Inspiration can come at any time! We may be walking on the streets of Paris and suddenly stop to pick up a candy wrapper that someone has thrown og the ground, which catches our attention due to the colour. We pick it up, save it and glue it in our art journal. And that piece of wrapping paper can start a huge process in our brains. Maybe it can be an idea for a sock yarn or a full 12 piece collection for Rowan later on. Who knows!

Here are a few examples of how we process thoughts in our Art Journals:



Many of you noticed the magazine with bobbin lace next to Carlos, on the photo below, which we posted on a blog post 2 weeks ago. And many of you were asking if we were designing some projects for bobbin lace. Well, the answer is no. We weren’t looking at that old magazine because we wanted to design projects in bobbin lace, we were just enjoying the photos of the ready made designs and thinking of different ways to translate the pattern itself it into a simple crochet pattern and from there on, create some interesting hand bag designs for the Schachenmayr Knit & Mix Summer 2020 collection.

There are so many approaches to a design process. One of the most interesting for us is looking to the past, studying and learning  time honoured techniques, looking at old photos of old designs and patterns. We take those designs, break them down to their basic elements and then rebuild them again in our own way and from a totally different point of view but always with a fresh eye. This way, we can design items that are modern and fresh, but deeply anchored in the past.

This week in the (radio) studio:

Yes, it’s that time of the month again, when we convert our space into a radio studio, to sit down, do a craft and talk about anything and everything that is on our minds! In our latest podcast, we cover everything from the insane weather that we’ve been having here to a deep discussion on trends to our upcoming projects and more!

Check out Podcast in our YouTube Channel.

The project that we are doing in this week’s podcast is the floral crochet throw that we have decided to name HEDVIG and which we have featured in several YouTube LiveStreams in 2018 and 2019. Many of you fell in love with the design and we have FINALLY been able to write a pattern and make our intricate, but easy-to-follow crochet charts for you to enjoy! You can download out the pattern on our online store.

Floral throw Featured on several LiveStreams, here from February 2019.

And here it is, in the back seat of our VW Beetle 1969

We hope you enjoy this week’s podcast and we know that you will enjoy crocheting these flowers, as they are a lot of fun to do!! Next week, we are going to be featuring the U.K. in our blog – so look out for a new post very, very soon!



Calendar of events (click on links for more info)

Update May 22nd: The Vogue retreat is is open for registration. Click on the link for more:

Update May 20th: the Taos retreat will happen but Vogue Knitting has not yet opened registration. It was supposed to open up soon and it will. As soon as it is opened, we will add it to our calendar of events. For more information on the retreat, please contact Contact Lori Horak (212) 937-2554 or

NEWS!! The TAOS retreat with Vogue Knitting has just opened up for registration! It will take place from October 24-27 and you can sign up here. There are only a few spots available and the early bird offer ends on August 18th.

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.

    • Becky Weaver on May 19, 2019 at 5:15 pm


    Arne & Carlos,
    Thanks again for your wonderful weekly inspirations! I am interested in the Taos retreat but the link does not seem to be active. We met on the first Hurtigruten knitting cruise, such a great trip! I have many happy memories of Taos hope to make more with you both there in October.

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      Hi Becky! We were too quick in posting the link as registration for the Taos retreat has not yet opened! We will add it to our calendar of events as soon as it opens, in the mean time, please Contact Lori Horak (212) 937-2554 or

    • Beverly Fulton on May 20, 2019 at 5:35 am


    Same here. The Taos link is not working!

    1. Reply

      We were too quick in posting the link as registration for the Taos retreat has not yet opened! We will add it to our calendar of events as soon as it opens, in the mean time, please Contact Lori Horak (212) 937-2554 or

    • Claire Dean on May 20, 2019 at 7:38 am


    Hi – it’s really interesting to hear about your design process and to see the wonderful journals – thanks for this. Just one question though, are you trying to grow beards or not shaving due to the cold or something? – my husband does that when he goes skiing! Still working on my knitted Easter egg (obviously for next year now!) Also, just having a go at making a singlade boll! Really enjoy listening to your podcasts while I’m crafting.

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      No, we are not growing beards. We just shave less when we are working at home for longer periods of time.

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    So lovely to be able to read a blog post from you guys. Can I ask – what does HEDVIG mean? Is it a Norwegian name?

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      It’s a Nordic woman’s name. We always name our designs with Nordic names, either men’s or women’s.

    • Gleanne Severs on May 20, 2019 at 2:11 pm


    Hi, guys! I LOVE seeing your art journal. I keep a journal and have just started adding sketches, pictures, watercolor, etc to it this past year. It has been so freeing to realize that my journal doesn’t have to be just ‘words’ but can (and should) include all the things that I love, no matter the format. There is nothing more satisfying than glueing a bit of pretty paper on the page and enjoying the eclectic outcome!

    I really like the idea of using the blog as a place to share. I think it is the best platform for everyone to access, and feels more like an organized community. Besides, you have so much more creative control of your blog and your website – you can truly make it what you want!

    Thank you for being my knitting friends and lifestyle gurus. I love the (radio) podcasts most of all. They feel like we are having a nice visit and a time to catch up with all the happenings in Norway. I am currently a stay at home mom to a little one with developmental delays and your YouTube videos have helped keep me sane! 😉

    Oh, and please tell Arne that his English is perfect and his knitting and crocheting speed is perfect, too! (And he would love Dollywood – it is super fun!)

    • Lynette on May 20, 2019 at 2:18 pm


    I really enjoy this blog and your monthly podcasts where you both talk about anything and everything! I also appreciate the way you have redesigned your sites etc. for me it’s much easier to follow and enjoy. You both have added so much to my life and am very much in love with knitting the Tuva pattern. I will send a pic when finished.

    • Vivian Rexrode on May 20, 2019 at 2:21 pm


    Just found you guys a few weeks ago and you make me so happy. Have learned so much from you. It was mentioned one time that Carlos likes weaving in the ends of Arne’s knitting. When he does all those flowers for a blanket, I noticed that Arne isn’t leaving much of a tail to weave in. Looks too short to use darning needles. How do you weave on the ends Carlos?

    • Robbie Anderson on May 20, 2019 at 2:35 pm


    Enjoyed your latest pod cast immensely. Very informative and interesting and led to my researching trend forecasting. Seems I am always inspired and enlightened by your pod casts whether about knitting, home decor, recycling, gardening or climate change. The weather has been quite odd here in the States too. Always much to think about and learn. Thank you!

    • Nancy Nickerson on May 20, 2019 at 10:21 pm


    Would love to see garden updates posted here. Perhaps a weekly photo of a plant that happens to be in bloom that week, butterflies or other garden insects etc.

    • Robin on May 21, 2019 at 3:38 pm


    I’m glad Carlos is well. Had many of us concerned. Look forward to more in depth blogging. Thank you.

    • ZVO on May 21, 2019 at 4:30 pm


    Hi A&C! It’s great to have another way of responding and understanding your design process. Like many of your fans, we enjoy the cheerful banter between you and look forward to your posts.

    Hopefully the comments section will have some monitoring installed though. Going through some of these posts which have nothing to do with anything is annoying.

    • Dimitra on May 21, 2019 at 11:36 pm


    Dear Arne and Carlos,
    Thank you so much for the wonderful and inspirational blog. I was wondering if you are planning another visit to Australia? I came along to the evening event held in Healesville, Victoria and I’m really hoping you may visit again!!

    • Donna on May 22, 2019 at 9:22 pm


    You are going to love Taos.

    • Christina Oldenburg on August 25, 2019 at 1:28 am


    I saw (most) of your Arne and Carlos Live broadcast this morning. How does one send you a message during the show? I couldn’t figure it out.

    How can I find the directions for the interesting color knitting your showed off? You said go to your website, but I didn’t see anything there.

    Thanks, from California

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