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Let’s talk about our latest knitting cruise and the granny square scarves.

This week we are back on Hurtigruten (The Norwegian Coastal Express) for our third knitting cruise. We are having a great time onboard with a group of 36 knitters and 14 non-knitting spouses, who have come from all over the world to meet us, learn from us and experience our beautiful country! This time, our group consists of knitters and spouses from Australia, Canada, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, the UK and the USA. It is a very international crowd and we are delighted to have 4 other Norwegians in our group, who have helped us show all our international guests our culture as well as how we knit and purl in Norway.

We have now done this northbound journey, which takes us along one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, 4 times and it never gets old! Every time we do this trip, it feels completely different because of the different seasons and different weather patterns. During this journey, we have experienced a bit of everything weather wise, except for snow. Despite having daylight 24 hours per day during this time of the year, we haven’t seen the sun since we crossed the arctic circle. We really hope the weather will clear so we may see the midnight sun tonight, but weather is the one thing that we can not control, so there are never any guarantees. In any case, it looks like our group is enjoying themselves immensely, regardless of the cloudy weather, and that is the most important thing! Here are a few images from our knitting journey, click on them to enlarge:

The views and colours are pretty stunning every single day. This is the perfect place for inspiration!

Mussels, king crab and white wine outdoors on deck 8. It doesn’t get better than this!

Enjoying the camaraderie with fellow devotees.

We saw this beautiful little light house a few hours after we departed Trondheim on day 3.

The panorama lounge on deck 8 is where we meet for knitting every day. The floor to ceiling windows allow us to enjoy the stunning views even when it is chilly outside.

Our group is working on the “ARNE & CARLOS Mystery Knit Along” which was designed and prepared by us. A clue is given every second day and everyone knits the same thing. Everyone is excited about the end result, which will be revealed on the day we arrive at the North Cape.

This is the Mystery Kit that all our knitters receive on arrival. If you are coming on the cruise next time and don’t want any spoilers, don’t worry! We change the kit and the project every time!!

There is always a great view to enjoy when we are out on deck.

A great place to sit and knit when the sun is out.

The magnificent “Trollfjord” (Fjord of the trolls) photographed at 10:58pm. Even if it’s cloudy, we have eternal daylight this time of the year.

We encourage our knitters to customise their ARNE & CARLOS project bags. Tanja took customisation to a whole new level!

The boat stops in Honningsvåg on the penultimate day – this is the gateway to the North Cape.

The harbour in Honningsvåg is very picturesque.

Another wonderful knitting cruise is coming to an end. We’ve made loads of new friends and tomorrow we will disembark the MS Finnmarken with loads of great memories from the past 6 days. We are already looking forward to our new knitting adventure, when we board the northbound MS Trollfjord in March 2020!

If you are interested in booking a knitting cruise with us in Norway, it’s good to know that they sell out very fast, so we recommend that you get on our waiting list asap! Please email our tour leader.

At the time of writing this, we only have 4 spaces left for our next knitting cruise, which will take place under the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) in March 2020. Click here for more information about the cruise.

Now, let’s talk about our crochet scarves:

Who said that sock yarn is for socks only?! In this week’s tutorial on our YouTube channel, we show you how you can create your own unique scarves, using our Regia Design Line or Regia Pairfect yarns. These are so much fun to crochet as each square will be completely different from the next and you will be waiting with excitement to see how they will turn out once they are finished! The pattern for this scarf is available here.

Calendar of events (click on links for more info)

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 is 1 spot available. We are SO excited about this trip!! More information is available here.

October 24-27, 2019: Retreat in Taos with Vogue Knitting. There is a great line-up of teachers that you don’t want to miss!! Sign up here. There are only a few spots available and the early bird offer ends on August

18th.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.

NEWS!! 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.

Check out our online store for great patterns!

Next week we are back to work at the studio.

ARNE & CARLOS

 

    • MeMe Fraser on June 2, 2019 at 5:46 pm

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    Thank you for sharing the pictures and description. Looks like a marvellous time had by all. One day I hope you join you ( when I become a better knitter😩). Keep the adventures and pictures coming please🧶🧶🇨🇦

    • Keryn Rivett on June 3, 2019 at 4:18 am

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    I see my lovely friend Carol who is posting pictures back here to Australia every day! Carol has been so excited about this cruise and I can tell you, she’s not disappointed, she’s having a fabulous time!

    • Sue grohn on June 3, 2019 at 4:40 am

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    Your knitting bags are a wonderful addition to your cruise! I’m glad you are continuing the cruises. I am hoping to return with some cousins from the US in the near future!

    • Barbara Vickers on June 3, 2019 at 4:46 am

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    So glad you all had a lovely time in such beautiful scenery, and you were knitting! Thanks for sharing the photos.

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    Thank you ARNE&CARLOS for yet another fantastic Knitting Cruise! Such a pleasure being able to show everyone our beautiful country! Looking forward to our next cruise! Greetings from the tourleader, Githa 😊

    • Audrey Ford on June 3, 2019 at 7:09 am

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    Thank you Arne & Carlos great pictures they remind me of my trip to Alaska some years ago when the sun did not shine at all!
    I am looking forward to the trip from Sydney to New Zealand next year.
    Cheers
    Audrey Ford in Western Australia.

    • Heidi Sternberg on June 3, 2019 at 8:12 am

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    Thanks so much for letting us be part of the cruise from afar. Looks like you have wonderful time. Love the crochet scarf, the sock yarn makes for some great shading!

    • anna on June 3, 2019 at 10:56 am

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    che bella la sciarpa con i granny. Io adoro lavorare i quadrati con i granny .Vi invidio che siete cosi bravi .Desiderei imparare a fare i calzini con i ferri circolari come li lavorare voi.ciao Anna

    • Peggi Laubenheim on June 3, 2019 at 2:42 pm

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    It sounds like a wonderful trip! I have roots in Aardal and had a wonderful self guided trip to Norway some years ago.
    Our knitting guild will be participating in Knit In Public day on June 8.
    We would like to know if you are planning any side trips around the US when you come to Taos in Oct.
    It would be wonderful to host you in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana!

    • Connie on June 3, 2019 at 3:02 pm

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    When I saw this the first time, I missed the part that as you join your squares, you are doing it when you are putting the last row on the working square. It is easier to understand & follow knowing that you do it as you work the last row of the one you are finishing. I thought you finished all your squares & then sew them together. I didn’t understand that process, now I do.

    • Maryfrances Peters on June 3, 2019 at 6:38 pm

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    Thank you for making us a part of your voyage. I just love how you invite us in to your lives. I wouldn’t miss one of your youtube videos and I love knitting radio. You both have become an inspiration to me. I have not grown a garden in several years but after watching your videos I have planted one this year. Not quite done. I am trying to make an English Style garden in Chicopee Mass (25 minutes from Webs in Northhampden, Mass. I am so enjoying the process and I sit in my gazebo and knit with my dog Bailey (who loves when Freya barks). You are correct, gardens are inspiring. Take care and thank you for all the videos and inspiration.

    Maryfrances Peters

    • Marianne on June 3, 2019 at 6:42 pm

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    Thanks for posting the wonderful pictures. I am signed up for the March cruise, and now it feels so much more real! Can’t wait!

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      Looking forward to meeting you in March!

    • Donna Aase on June 5, 2019 at 3:16 pm

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    A bunch of lucky people to be on that cruise with you guys. Time to come back to Minnesota. We all miss you.

    • Mary Jackson on June 5, 2019 at 8:54 pm

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    Can I make this square any size? Like can I just go 5 rounds? For some reason mine is coming out huge lol i guess i crochet looser. I’m gonna try it. Thanks for the great patterns.

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      We think a better solution, before you start changing the pattern, is to go down in size on the crochet hook. Try that, and if the squares are still really big, then yes, you’ll need to skip a few rounds. The results will still remain the same.

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