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Trying a Nøstepinne for the very first time!

This week we try something we have never done before: How to use a Nøstepinne! Will we succeed, or do we fail miserably? Check out the video below to find out.

And let’s make this clear: This is not a tutorial.

Because we have never tried this before, we don’t believe we should be teaching you this. Instead, we hope this video will inspire you to find out more on your own, as there are several good videos on how to use a Nøstepinne on YouTube. Just search online and you will find many great resources 😊

We don’t need to be the best in everything, and we don’t need to keep a perfect façade. Our goal in recording a video like this is to try to give people the confidence to jump into something new, that they have never ever done before and just give it a go! If it doesn’t go well, it’s OK to fail – as long as you have tried! If we can put a smile on someone’s face, that’s a bonus, we don’t mind if people laugh at our expense. 😂

Our goal is to highlight traditional crafts that exist out there. So, if we have now awakened your curiosity about the Nøstepinne and you have searched for real tutorials on how to do it properly, we consider this video a huge success! ❤️

We will give you our final thoughts on the Nøstepinne and tell you whether we will ever use it again on Wednesday, during our fifth episode of Sit and Knit for a Bit, so stay tuned!

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And next Sunday, October 11th, we will release the pattern and video tutorial for the  ARNE & CARLOS Christmas Stocking for 2020.




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    • Katie on October 5, 2020 at 3:09 pm


    Good job! I’m a nostepinne proponent and wind all my yarns that way.

    I find it helps me get acquainted with a newly spun or purchased yarn In the way that swatching does.

    I was happy to read that you tried it too.

    • Katherine on October 5, 2020 at 3:30 pm


    I find it is best to wind the yarn in a figure 8 pattern. And the yarn ball slides right off. Your nostepinnes are beautiful; I have one that is plainer but works well.

    • Margaret McCamant on October 5, 2020 at 3:33 pm


    You can use a plastic prescription bottle to wind a center-pull ball, too. Use the cap to capture the end inside the bottle and then wind around the bottle. The bottle acts as the post that holds the ball, the same way the nostepinne does, or the post on a mechanical winder. I try to wind from top to bottom and bottom to top every few winds. When the ball is complete, it slides off the bottle and the inside end is still held by the bottle’s cap. The hand-carved nostepinne is certainly more beautiful, but this hack will work in a pinch. Because the bottle isn’t very tall, it’s better for a smaller ball of yarn (100 grams of sock yarn would be too much).

      • Jules on October 6, 2020 at 6:56 pm


      Oh my gosh what a brilliant idea! I have so many empty pill bottles and it seems so wasteful to just toss them out. Thanks for the tip!

    • Vicky on October 5, 2020 at 3:38 pm


    Are you left handed? I see that Arne is winding “away” from him, with the N. In his right hand. You look to be winding the yarn “toward” you, which seems more difficult and so I think that slows you down…but who knows? Not me! Good luck. Is the loose wooden ring also a “decoration” and has nothing to do with the winding process?

    • Mary on October 5, 2020 at 3:49 pm


    Thank you Arne and Carlos. I now know what a Nostepinne is and have googled how to use one. Very handy when you need to wind a skein into a ball.

    • sandra on October 5, 2020 at 3:55 pm


    Thank you, what a beautiful thing! I love the sound it makes. Thank you for the laughs too!

    • Cheryl on October 5, 2020 at 4:02 pm


    Thanks for sharing. I would have never known about this tool!

    • Ann Nessa on October 5, 2020 at 4:23 pm


    Loved the Nostepinne show.We are planning a trip to Norway next Aug. 2021 . I will be looking to find one to bring home to Buffalo, N.Y.We did have this trip planned for last July but had to cancel because of the virus. Thank you for your shows.

    • Ann Nessa on October 5, 2020 at 4:39 pm


    I would love to know where you found the one with the rattle in the handle. Where should I look on our visit next Aug. We are going to be in the Bergen, Stavanger area. Thank you for your help.

      • Kris on October 5, 2020 at 8:17 pm


      My husband is Norwegian so I have a lot of shopping experience there 😉. Arne and Carlos talked about getting their Nøstepinne at the Norwegian handcraft store, which would be the local Husfliden. Here is their website for the Bergen store:

      There is a Husfliden in almost every larger town. It is a place where you can purchase local handicrafts (hand knitted items, felted slippers, wool blankets, etc.) and they also have a yarn department! I would go to the Husfliden in every town you visit as their inventory will vary with the local artisans, and that being so you might not find the exact ones they bought. I would bring a suitcase with a lot of room because yarn in Norway is one of the only items you can buy there that is cheaper than in the US…I may or may not have filled up a whole suitcase with yarn last December when I was there… 😆

    • Karen K on October 5, 2020 at 4:41 pm


    This was a fun way to spend my Sunday evening- watching this video and then looking up tutorials on how to use a nostepinne.
    As always, thank you for sharing a few moments with the world. And another big thank you to Margaret McCamant who’s hack was perfect, because I have plastic prescription bottles in my project bags to hold crochet hooks (larger bottles) and stitch holders (smaller bottles). Love the idea of having a multi-tasker in the project bag.

    It’s great to learn a new word of the day, while taking a break from the day.

    • Karen Hudson on October 5, 2020 at 4:50 pm


    I use a porridge spirtle in lieu of a nostepinne.
    Works great.
    And, worth the effort!!

      • karen koziol on October 5, 2020 at 7:38 pm


      Karen Hudson- from NY?? Nice to see you here! Karen Hudson Koziol

    • Elizabeth on October 5, 2020 at 4:50 pm


    that was the best thing i’ve seen all day! thank you, arne & carlos!

    • Anne on October 5, 2020 at 4:52 pm


    I loved the video ! I bought a lovely hand made Nøstepinne from a wood turner in Wales although it doesn’t have a rattle! He makes all sorts of wooden tools for knitters and spinners. The Nøstepinne is so handy for winding skeins. Sometimes the old ways are the best!

    • Gill E on October 5, 2020 at 4:59 pm


    I had never heard of a nostepinne but I want one now after seeing your video. You made me laugh so much. Thankyou. I have looked how to use it and can’t wait to have a go. Love from England xxx

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    Having Googled the Nostepinne and found another You Tube tutorial, a mystery over which I have pondered for probably over 55 years has been solved.
    When I was a child, my mother had some yarn which was wound in an egg shape with a hole in each end. This fascinated me and over the years, I have perfected the way of achieving this just by hand winding, moving my fingerswhich hold the forming ball, so this shape is formed.
    Now I realise that these balls were obviously wound using a Nostepinne. We’re in England so goodness knows where this yarn had come from.
    Thank you Arne and Carlos.

    • Carolyn on October 5, 2020 at 5:18 pm


    There is a little groove where I tie the end with overhand knot before I start winding. I also do it more methodically so the ball will hold together. After the first few rounds, I wind bottom to top of the ball, so it ends up looking like the kind of ball from one of those mechanical ones. My nostepinne doesn’t have a decorative ball at the end, but holding a handmade tool of beautiful wood is so satisfying that I got rid of the mechanical one .

    • Steve on October 5, 2020 at 6:52 pm


    Awesome Job! 🙂👍

    I have a nice one of those sticks that I’ve been using for years. I also have the other tools that hold the skien and wind the ball. I use a Nøstepinne when winding a ball with a crank winder is inconvenient. There is a learning curve to find the best method when using this stick, but now it’s pretty fast and easy to do. It works well too.



    • Lise on October 5, 2020 at 8:27 pm


    Fel väg Carlos!

    • Lisa on October 5, 2020 at 8:48 pm


    Carlos, I think your nostepinne is silent because you are winding the yarn around the Nøstepinne whereas Arne is winding Nøstepinne around the yarn. Either way, it works!

      • Jules on October 6, 2020 at 6:58 pm


      I noticed that, too. Carlos see how Arne does it with more control. Faster, too. Xxoo

    • Maureen on October 5, 2020 at 9:12 pm


    heh thankyou for the very entertaining Nostepinne video, teachers should all be so entertaining hahaha Have to tell you what caught my eye the very very most was Arne’s shirt, LOVE this print !

    • Bobbie on October 5, 2020 at 9:37 pm


    Arne, keep practicing. What is nostespinne PLURAL in Norwegian?

    • Dawn on October 5, 2020 at 9:55 pm


    Oh I love this…and I have bought one…my husband now says that he sees this will be his job…

    • Lynn from Canberra on October 5, 2020 at 11:03 pm


    Thanks for yet another entertaining video. I had never heard of a nostepinne before but what a useful gadget. I watched another tutorial about diagonal winding and have ordered a nostepinne from Knitpro. Not as pretty as yours but it’ll do the job. It will go with the swift I bought a few months ago – I’d not heard of that before either. For my entire life I’ve been putting skeins of wool over the back of a dining chair and winding on my hand. I’m now set up to do that task a much better way. Thanks again.

    • Sharon Day on October 5, 2020 at 11:42 pm


    Think I will stick with the hand crank winder. They are very artsy. I am so happy I saw circular needles in your videos.

    • Carol Jensen on October 6, 2020 at 6:28 am


    I think Carlos, that. you were having more difficulty than Arne because you were making your free hand do the work instead of the one holding the nostepinne. If you watch Arne carefully you will see what I mean. The free hand is only holding the yarn, letting slip through.

    • jan on October 6, 2020 at 7:38 am


    I’d hold the other end and keep twirling nostepinne while winding the yarn, then it slips easily off the narrow end. Great fun!

    • Chris on October 6, 2020 at 8:50 am


    Carlos -try holding the hand with the wool still and move the hand with the nosterpin round to wind instead – as this nosterpin isn’t moving

    • Anne on October 7, 2020 at 4:22 am


    My grandma had two of these! I used to play with them like rattles when I was small. Where can I buy one like this? I would love to have at least one.

    • SUSAN BUTLER on October 8, 2020 at 8:25 am


    I use my Nostepinne all the time, it’s easier to carry when your travelling than any other ball winder and it’s very satisfying to make a ball by hand. As others have said, after you’ve wound a few times around the pin, start to wind in a figure of 8 manner and you’ll develop the rhythm and ball shape…enjoy!

    • Dana on October 9, 2020 at 3:35 am


    I love you guys! In these days of social distancing I can not tell you how much I appreciate and look forward to your You Tube postings each week. Pretty new to knitting and crocheting so just recently discovered your wonderful postings on YouTube. My mother was Norwegian and first born and only US born of her 6 siblings. Her sisters and brother all knit and crochet, she didn’t. So I, being an only child, made out like a bandit with knit wear growing up… Loved loved loved it. I watched and giggled as you both attempted the nostepinne for the first time, bravo, which had me exploring other You Tube posts and found one where a paper towel or toilet paper roll was used! Been winding my yarn like this ever since. Thank you for sharing and know how much I appreciate ALL you bring to your You Tube posts. Respectfully, Dana

    • Carol O on October 9, 2020 at 2:02 pm


    I love my Nøstepinne! That’s the only way I like to wind yarn. It’s so relaxing and satisfying to watch your yarn cake grow. I get a bit obsessive about lining up my wraps for that “perfect” ball. Anyway, you gave me a laugh and I hope you don’t give up on your new skill. Love from Michigan!

    • Cynthia on October 11, 2020 at 5:21 am


    Thank you for introducing me to this tool. I got one from Amazon. Love it. So easy after a little practice.

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