Friends, knitters, Norway lovers, please pause your needles for an important announcement.
If you’ve been hanging around here on Modern Daily Knitting for a while, you know that we guard the identity of the featured designer for each new MDK Field Guide like a state secret. We lock that treasure in the Tower of Atlas Drive with the MDK crown jewels until just a few weeks before the launch of the Field Guide—and then we scream our heads off with the glad tidings.
For MDK Field Guide No. 23, which will launch officially on January 27, things have gone a bit differently. Why? Because the designers for Field Guide No. 23 came to Nashville in November, for a glorious weekend of talks and workshops and general knitting togetherness and love, and we just couldn’t keep our delicious news under wraps. We had to let our guests know, so they could celebrate with us, and share in the excitement for a Field Guide that was on its way to the printer at that very moment.
That early announcement has only added to our excitement at being able to tell the world—officially this time, for real for real—that the designers for MDK Field Guide No. 23 are . . .
Arne & Carlos, the famed designing duo from Norway, hosts of the wildly popular weekly podcast Sit and Knit for a Bit.
Here they are in Nashville this past November, at the opening of the MDK Shop in the tiny house in the parking lot at MDK World Headquarters. Yes, Arne & Carlos just show up wearing amazing sweaters of their own design—that’s kind of their thing.
To see them floating around the room, connecting one-to-one with fans who were over the moon to be knitting with them, was a blast of inspiration for us. Their curiosity is uplifting. We have never been so proud of Nashville’s leading citizen, Dolly Parton, as when we learned that Arne is a devoted collector of Dolliana.
About Arne & Carlos
If you’re new to the world of Arne & Carlos, you’re in for a rare treat.
Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrisson are renowned as fashion designers, textile artists, authors, and podcast hosts. As designers for handknitters, they have created a deep, wide body of work, independently and for Rowan, that spans the whimsy and folklore of Christmas balls and knitted birds, runway-worthy sweaters, and home goods, using techniques rooted in Norwegian textile history and also ones they invented themselves.
If anyone could convince a non-Norwegian that they absolutely need the Norwegian purl in their life, it’s Arne & Carlos. We both went into their workshop in November saying, “We’re good with the good old U.S.-American purls we’ve been doing for a combined 60 years, thanks,”—and came out not just learning, but preaching the Norwegian purl to anyone who will listen. That’s the power of Arne & Carlos. (And the Norwegian purl truly is cool.) Their enthusiasm for knitting, fashion, art, and adventure elevates and enriches the lives of their legions of fans all over the world. They show up for knitters in a way we truly admire.
We’re smiling so big because we just learned the Norwegian purl.
For Field Guide No. 23, Arne & Carlos will be our guides to a collection of beautiful knits, inspired by Norway, that will keep us entertained through the dim days of winter. We can’t wait to show you, and knit with you.
Friday, January 27 is the official launch date for MDK Field Guide No. 23. By that date (and likely a few days before), both the print edition and the ebook edition of the Field Guide will be available for individual purchase, here on MDK and also on Ravelry.com.
On Tuesday, January 31, we’ll host a free launch party on Zoom, at 12 noon Eastern time—with Arne & Carlos with us to celebrate their designs. Keep an eye on your weekly Snippets newsletter for details when the event is nearer. (If you don’t get Snippets, sign up here, for free fun in your inbox every Saturday morning. We recommend you read it in your pajamas; everybody does.)
On February 1, we’ll kick off a month-long knitalong of a captivating accessory from Field Guide No. 23. Arne & Carlos will be knitting along with us, so their YouTube channel will have plenty of fun in store in February. (Go ahead and subscribe to their YouTube channel, you’ll love it.)
Would you like to start getting ready for the knitalong now? Of course you would—and we’ve got a great offer for you.
Subscribe to the MDK Field Guides of 2023 now, and in late January you’ll find Arne and Carlos in your mailbox, ready to take you on a glorious trip to their world.
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As a 2023 Field Guides subscriber, you’ll enjoy a 10 percent discount in the MDK shop.
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For just about everything in the MDK Shop. (The only exceptions are items that are already discounted.)
We hope you’ll think first of MDK as your online yarn shop. Look to us first whenever you’re planning a new project or in search of yarns, tools, bags, or gifts.
How it works: On the first Monday of each month, you’ll receive a subscribers-only email with a coupon code for 10 percent off all full-price merchandise. Use it as often as you like! The subscriber coupon code is non-transferable, cannot be combined with other offers, or applied to previous purchases, or events.
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- First shopping. Before the launch of each Field Guide, we open shopping first to subscribers.
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You’ll receive three beautiful new Field Guides in 2023, starring designers we admire for their exquisite design skills and high spirits.
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So much fun ahead! Starting off with Arne & Carlos is going to be epic good fun, and gorgeous knitting too. We hope you’ll join us.