ARNE & CARLOS Lecture and Classes

November 29, 2019 - December 1, 2019 All day

ARNE & CARLOS Lecture and Classes

Below you will find a description of all of the upcoming ARNE & CARLOS events. Once the tickets for these events are released, they will only be available for purchase online.

Lecture - The World of ARNE & CARLOS

Scandinavian design superstars ARNE & CARLOS have gained a passionate international following not only through their work with well-known names such as Comme des Garçons, Urban Outfitters, Dale of Norway, Regia, and Rowan, but also their nine bestselling instructional books and numerous online tutorials. It is in their books and videos that we are warmly welcomed into their vibrant, colourful, creative world, which is based in a renovated train station in the Valdres region of Norway, north of Oslo. Here we see glimpses of the eclectic collections of memorabilia, the rich variety of materials and patterns, the natural elements outside and homey comforts of inside that spark their ever-active imaginations. These are the sources of their hugely popular handcraft designs, which reflect their enthusiasm for finding new ways to value the old, as well as their commitment to developing innovative ideas that are wholly their own. In this engaging lecture, ARNE & CARLOS speak frankly about the way they live, and how every one of us can be inspired by the everyday things that surround us. Learn how to create fabulous, unique knitting and crochet designs, as well as other projects, using their unique lifestyle techniques, and walk away feeling energized and finally ready to bring your own original ideas to life.

Price: $40

Books will be available for pre-purchase.

Crocheted Primrose Throw

Step into ARNE & CARLOS' magical garden, one of their biggest sources of inspiration.  They are obsessed with flowers and the Primrose Throw was inspired by a very old piece of fabric they saw in a Norwegin mountain farm a few years ago.  Primroses are a sure sign of spring; this project is for anyone with plenty of patience and time.  The only "rule" is that the same two colours never meet as they are crocheted together.  Use your leftover yarns and turn them into a beautiful colourful throw.

What to bring: Leftover yarn in many colours suitable to use with a 3.5mm (US E-4) crochet hook. (For example, a DK weight, 131 yd/120m/50g/1.75oz) We suggest participants bring yarn in 9 colours for this class.

Hooks (not included):
Crochet hook 3.5mm (US E-4)

Level of crochet proficiency required:
This is a beginner's class. We can teach all the crochet basics and get the participants started.

Price: $165
Optional Class Kit: TBA

Knitted Birds

We all deserve a flock of our own!  Learn to knit a covey of feathered friends in this introductory class exploring the basic tenets of the knitted bird, a charming, quiet, and extraordinarily clean species comfortable in all manner of domesticated scenarios.  Scandinavian design superstars ARNE & CARLOS provide expert guidance for intermediate and advanced knitters with an interest in hatching their own handmade avian companions.  You'll learn the fundamental steps from beak to feet to tail, leaving you well prepared to spread your wings and explore the possibilities all on your own.  In addition, ARNE & CARLOS will teach you how to knit and purl the Norwegian way.  Plus, they'll share their tips for the easiest method of tensioning yarn correctly to get even stitches and perfect gauge, whether knitting or purling,  And you'll learn how to read a chart, so you don;t have to rely on the written pattern!  Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn the art of the knitted bird, as well as essential knitting techniques, from the very best in the business.

Class kits must be purchased separately from Little Red Mitten. They will be available shortly, and we will contact participants for kit selection.

Needles (not included)
1 set of DPNs size 3.0mm
1 crochet hook size 3.0mm

Very Important note about needles:
Choosing the right yarn and tools for any project is an essential!  For those participants with little or no experience knitting with double-pointed needles, we strongly recommend bringing wooden or bamboo needles.  Please do not bring metal or carbon needles if you have never used dpns before.

Homework:  n/a

Level of knitting proficiency required:
Basic knitting skills needed. Participants should be able to knit and purl. This project is suitable for intermediate and advanced knitters.

Price: $165 Plus Class Kit ($16.00)

New Nordic Christmas Ball "The Squirrel"

Christmas is a special time for those who live in the north.  Winters are dark and cold, so people spend a lot of time sitting by the warm stove with some handwork.  ARNE & CARLOS have a particular weakness for that time of year.  With techniques, patterns, and sources of inspiration fondly shared by the designers,  ARNE & CARLOS will outright charm you!  Their knitting antics are the perfect recipe for holiday decor that is colourful and festive, whatever your skill level.

Class kits must be purchased separately from Little Red Mitten. They will be available shortly, and we will contact participants for kit selection.

Needles (not included)
1 set of DPNs size 3.0mm
1 crochet hook size 3.0mm

Very Important note about needles:
Choosing the right yarn and tools for any project is an essential!  For those participants with little or no experience knitting with double-pointed needles, we strongly recommend bringing wooden or bamboo needles.  Please do not bring metal or carbon needles if you have never used dpns before.

Homework:  n/a

Level of knitting proficiency required:
Basic knitting skills needed. Participants should be able to knit (no purling in this class).. This project is suitable for inexperienced, intermediate and advanced knitters.

Price: $165 Plus Class Kit  ($30)

New Nordic Knitting - An Introduction to Norwegian Stranded Colour Work

Norwegian stranded colour work is all about tension. In this class, you will learn the basics of Norwegian style stranded knitting with 2 colours from expert Nordic knitters ARNE & CARLOS, who will show you the easiest and most relaxing way to hold the needles and the yarns, and teach you important techniques and tricks that will help you achieve perfect tension while keeping all of your stitches even and beautiful, in true Norwegian style! We will work with bulky yarn and thick needles and practice our colour work techniques while knitting a hat with the traditional X and O pattern, which is the easiest Norwegian pattern that you could possibly work with. Whether you are an inexperienced or experienced knitter, if you have ever wanted to learn how to knit stranded colour work as it is done in the Norway and the other Nordic countries, by master knitters who come from that part of the world, this is the class for you!

Class kits must be purchased separately from Little Red Mitten. They will be available shortly, and we will contact participants for kit selection so they can be shipped to you to complete homework before class.

Needles (not included):
1 circular needle size 6mm / US 10, length 40cm / 16"
1 circular needle size 6.5mm / US 10.5, length 40cm / 16"
1 set of 5 double-pointed needles (DPNs) size 6.5mm / US 10.5

Homework:
With smaller size circular needle and colour #801 Polar, cast on 64 stitches. Join in the round, and work in k2, p2 ribbing for 10 rows.

Level of knitting proficiency required:
Knitting skills needed. Participants should be able to knit, purl and decrease. This project is suitable for intermediate knitters as well as advanced knitters who want to learn Norwegian stranded colour work or who want to improve on their colour work skills.

Important Note:
We will be focusing on stranded colour work techniques, so please do not expect to finish the entire hat in the class, as the hat itself may take longer than 3 hours to complete. However, ARNE & CARLOS will give you lots of tips to take home with you, so you can finish later.

Price: $165 Plus Class Kit ($44)

New Nordic - Knitting and Purling the Norwegian Way - Ergonomic Knitting

The Norwegian knitting style focuses on shifting the tensioning of the yarn away from the finger and onto the needle. This is done by minimizing the distance between the yarn, the needle and left index finger. By holding the yarn as close as possible to the needle and picking from the finger you will never have to think about tensioning the yarn correctly, as all you need to do is knit or purl and the tension will come automatically! When you knit the Norwegian way, you will also be able to better relax the muscles in your neck, shoulder, arms and hands. In that sense, Norwegian style knitting is actually much more ergonomic than many other ways of knitting. And finally, there is one more added bonus of knitting the Norwegian way: you will increase the speed of your knitting dramatically! In this class, ARNE & CARLOS will teach you the basics of knitting and purling the Norwegian way, as we knit a hat using chunky yarn. The Norwegian purl is particularly fun to learn: Arne always says it is like a dance!

Class kits must be purchased separately from Little Red Mitten. They will be available shortly, and we will contact participants for kit selection.

Needles (not included):
1 circular needle size 6mm / US 10, length 40cm / 16"
1 set of 5 DPNs size 6mm / US 10

VERY IMPORTANT note about needles:
Because you are shifting the tension from the way you hold the yarn and on to the needle, there is nothing you can do to control the tension, as it comes automatically. The only way to get the right tension if you are a loose knitter is to go down a size in needles and if you are a tight knitter you will need to go up a size in needles. Therefore, the specified needle size for this project is for the people who knit to the specified gauge and must be taken with a pinch of salt. If you already know that you knit loosely or tightly, we ask you to consider that when you select the needles to bring this class. Or if you are unsure, just bring needles in a couple of sizes, so we may help you determine the correct size in class.

Homework: N/A

Level of knitting proficiency required:
Some experience in knitting and purling required, participants should know how to knit and purl either as Continental style knitters ("pickers") or English style knitters ("throwers"). This class is suitable for inexperienced and intermediate knitters as well as advanced knitters who want to learn the Norwegian way to knit.

Important Note:
We will be focusing on teaching the Norwegian Knit and Purl so please do not expect to finish the entire hat in the class, as the hat itself may take longer than 3 hours to complete. However, ARNE & CARLOS will give you lots of tips to take home with you, so you can finish later.

Price: $165 Plus Class Kit ($31.50)

Please Note

All classes include coffee/tea/water and written class materials.  Class prices do not include yarn or needles.  Class descriptions detail yarn and needle requirements for each class. We are offering yarn kits for each class that can be pre-purchased to ensure you have the specified yarn for your chosen class.  These will be waiting for you at your class.

Friday and Saturday's classes will be held at The Atrium in St. Thomas.  Should you require any special mobility accommodations please let us know in advance and we can work together to find a solution.  Sunday's lecture and afternoon class will be held at the beautifully-renovated CASO Station in St. Thomas.

REGISTRATION:  To avoid any discrepancy between online, phone and in-person registrations, registration for the ARNE & CARLOS classes and lecture will be online only.

Tickets: After your online purchase, you will receive an order confirmation by email - this email serves as your ticket. Please bring a printout of this email to your class or lecture. If you do not receive an email confirmation within 24 hours of your purchase, please contact us at info@littleredmitten.ca and we will resend.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests must be made by email to info@littleredmitten.ca, listing the first and last name the purchase was made under, and the order number. Cancellations will be accepted for full refund until Tuesday October 1st, 2019 at midnight EDT. No cancellations or refunds will be accepted after this date, however you may send a friend in your place by emailing info@littleredmitten.ca with the first and last name the purchase was made under, the order number, and the first and last name of the person who will be attending in your stead.

Waitlist: Once sold out, there will be no waitlist option for the classes and lecture, however after the cancellation deadline has passed we will re-open online registration on Wednesday October 2nd, 2019 at 7pm EDT for any vacated spots.