‘Easter All Year Around’ is the title of Arne & Carlos’ new book, out in Norwegian, published by Cappelen Damm in March, in good time for Easter. Who are they, you will ask if you are not Norwegian. A designer duo and trend setters, living in closed down railway station building in a stunning mountain setting in Valdres, whose collections of dolls and traditional knitting patterns among other items have served as a magic background in their 3 knitting books.
Are they for real? A viewer of a Christmas entertainment program on the national broadcasting channel, NRK, tweeted last year after watching them knitting Christmas Decorations. Indeed they are with their feet solidly on the ground – they love gardening – Arne & Carlos design clothes, and now also knitting patterns, with a traditional retro yet contemporary look. They chose the Marius pattern and added space invaders instead of the usual borders taken from traditional Setesdal’s patterns. It is not all branding though, since Arne & Carlos have designed clothes for Comme des Garcons and sell well in Japan.
Egg cosies, table runners, Easter decorations (Christmas decorations re-invented), Easter bunnies and hares are all found in their latest book. It is still on the Bestseller list and the number of Easter bunnies knitted on the Norwegian knitting pages & blogs are overwhelming and tell their own story. A fitting story on Easter Sunday – Happy Easter everyone!
Their books have been sold to numerous countries and I am impatiently hoping for the same to happen to mine even though I know my market is smaller. So far it has been sold to Finland, where it will be published in January 2013. But I will say to all of you that have bought it, I hope you enjoy it and thank you! Happy Knitting!