We at TSB are so excited that our knitting rockstars Arne & Carlos have a fall teaching and speaking tour planned in the United States, October 18 to November 11, 2018!
Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison launched their Arne & Carlos knitwear line in 2007, gaining notice with their witty reworkings of classic Scandinavian motifs—for example, sweaters festooned with space invaders rather than reindeer. Their brand hit big when Rei Kawakubo of cult fashion house Commes des Garҫon saw the Arne & Carlos “holiday balls” they’d knitted for family and friends, and immediately placed an order for 400. Arne and Carlos thought they were to be used for storefront decoration, but went to the boutique in Paris and found them for sale for €100 each.
“We laughed at the price,” claims Carlos, “but it was provocation, too. We felt nobody should pay so much for something anybody can make. So we thought, let’s write a book giving people all they need to do it themselves.”
The association with Commes des Garҫon led to a holiday mini-collection of garments studded with Swarovski crystals in 2008, and a line of sweaters, hats, and scarves for Urban Outfitters in 2009. Perhaps more importantly, the Parisian “provocation” inspired Arne and Carlos’ first book, 55 CHRISTMAS BALLS TO KNIT, an international bestseller, now translated into seven languages, and published in English by TSB. One how-to knit book begat seven more, including their newest—ARNE & CARLOS FAVORITE DESIGNS: GREATEST HITS AND NEW INSPIRATIONS, released in April of 2018.
Arne and Carlos are teaching classes and speaking at shops, guilds, and retreats across the country, beginning in October. Register for classes near you now, as many are already sold out!
Greater Boston Knitting Guild, Boston, MA .
Oct. 18. Lecture: The World of ARNE & CARLOS.
Oct. 18. Class: Selbu Wrist Warmers. SOLD OUT!
Webs, Northampton, MA.
Oct. 20. Class: Christmas Balls.
Oct. 20: Class Crochet Primrose Throw.
Oct 21. Class: Solveig Hat.
String Yarns, New York, NY.
Oct. 22. Lecture: The World of ARNE & CARLOS. SOLD OUT!
Knit One Quilt Too, Barrington, RI.
Oct. 27. Class: Sock Master Class.
Oct. 27. Lecture: Using Old Knitting to Inspire the New.
Oct 28. Class: An Introduction to Norwegian Colour Work. SOLD OUT!
Oct 28. Class: Christmas Balls.
Colorful Stitches, Lenox, MA.
Oct. 30. Class: An Introduction to Colour Work. SOLD OUT!
Oct. 30. Class: Knitted Birds.
Yarn Cupboard, Jamesville, NY.
Oct 31. Class: Lille-Tuva wrist warmers.
Oct 31. Class: Knitted Birds.
Oct 31. Lecture: The World of ARNE & CARLOS.
Another Yarn @ the Haraseeket Inn, Freeport, ME.
Nov. 2. Lecture: The World of ARNE & CARLOS. SOLD OUT!
Nov. 3. Class: An Introduction to Norwegian Colour Work. SOLD OUT!
Nov 3. Class: Aslaug Mittens part 1. SOLD OUT!
Nov. 4. Class: Aslaug Mittens part 2. SOLD OUT!
The Sows Ear, Verona, WI.
Nov. 6. Lecture: The World of ARNE & CARLOS.
The Yarnery, St. Paul, MN.
Nov. 7. Lecture: Using Old Knitting to Inspire the New.
Vogue Knitting Live, Minneapolis, MN.
Nov. 9. Opening Speech.
Nov. 9. Class: Solveig Hat. SOLD OUT!
Nov. 10. Class: An Introduction to Norwegian Colour Work. SOLD OUT!
Nov. 10. Class: Knitted Birds. SOLD OUT!
Nov. 11. Class: Sock Master Class. SOLD OUT!
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