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noejusti
07-26-2007, 08:13 PM
Hello,
I am currently on vacation in Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. Hello all Canadians out there! Anyway, I saw some Dale of Norway sweaters in one of the shops and they are SPECTACULAR! I have never seen them in person before and I am humbled by the patterns. The problem is that they are selling for 250 to 300 Canadian dollars. That is really steep for me. So here is the dilemma/question that I need advice on: Is there a way to find them cheaper? (I am seeing them in a resort shop, so I am assuming the prices are higher than in regular stores).
Or is there a way to MAKE them for cheaper? (Keeping in mind that I have never done Fair Isle- OK so I have done some intarsia- and have never steeked anything and don't own a sewing machine.)
Oh, and my flight leaves Calgary for Los Angeles tomorrow afternoon.
Thanks for all of your advice!


noejusti

samm
07-26-2007, 08:22 PM
Hello! I'm in Ontario and I've never seen them here. So sorry that I can't help out! Good luck! samm

Arielluria
07-26-2007, 08:24 PM
Have you tried searching on www.froogle.com (http://www.froogle.com)?:happydance:

Sharlykestoknit
07-26-2007, 08:51 PM
Dale of Norway is one of my fav sites on the net.The have patterns books for sale.

Arielluria
07-26-2007, 08:58 PM
I'm not familiar with these sweaters, can you give me the link?

Ingrid
07-26-2007, 10:24 PM
You can make them for waaaay cheaper. I've made one, and am currently working on another.

Silver
07-26-2007, 10:33 PM
I've made one too, with another on my to-do list. I made Osterdalen. (http://www.cometosilver.com/knit/fos/oster_fnsh6.jpg) It's a lot of work, but really, really worth the effort.

If you want to give it a try, I suggest you try Wendy Johnson's Baby Norgi (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring03/PATTbabynorgi.html) first. It's a smaller version of the same kind of sweater and a great place to try fair isle and steeking. Oh, and be sure to check out Ingy's thread on steeking (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/showthread.php?t=32102)!

noejusti
07-27-2007, 12:46 PM
Ingrid and Silver,
Thanks for the advice.

Ingrid- did you use Dale of Norway yarns to do the patterns or other substitute yarns? I might try substitute yarns since I don't need something as bulky (cause I live in LA, but I tend to visit cold and snowy places). I am also raised to believe that knitting is a way to make things in an economical way. So, the cheaper the better.

Silver- do all of the sweaters involve steeking? Several of the sweaters that I liked had a yoke style neckline or raglan-sleeve.

I guess I am flying home (in about 5 hours) without a purchased sweater.

Thanks everybody!

noejusti

Braden
07-27-2007, 12:52 PM
I made St. Moritz and I used the yarns called for. Most of the sweaters call for steeks, but there are a few that have raglan and yokes.

Knit Mom
07-27-2007, 01:05 PM
I am of Norwegian herritage. I think that Dale sweaters are the most beautiful sweaters I have ever seen. I actually own 2 sweaters that are simmular to them. One of them my Grandmother actually made when she was younger living in Norway. One is another brand I am not sure of. My sister purchased a Dale 2 years ago while we were in Madison Wisc. She thought that owning such a heavy sweater was rediculous. But when ever she comes here in the winter it is the first thing she packs.

So my advice is, if you plan on making or purchasing one, make sure you live somewhere rather cold because it will go to waste. Mine sit in garment bags 9 months out of the year. I wear mine when it is sub-zero here in Chicago. Shoveling snow, sking, snowboarding, sleading, ect.

mari_13
07-27-2007, 01:23 PM
There are some Dale of Norway outlets in some states. I know that Wisconsin has one in Kenosha so you may want to look at your local outlet mall. GL!

Ingrid
07-27-2007, 02:58 PM
I used the Falk yarn, which is pretty much a dk. It gets cold here in the winter, and it is a warm sweater.

Silver
07-27-2007, 04:15 PM
I used the Falk yarn, which is pretty much a dk. It gets cold here in the winter, and it is a warm sweater.
I used Heilo. I live in Florida. I've NEVER worn my sweater except around the house so I could say oooo look at my sweater. :teehee:

I guess the good thing is that I enjoyed knitting it, even if I'll probably never get to wear it.

noejusti
07-28-2007, 02:53 PM
Thanks for all of your help! I am back in Los Angeles and I am sad (this town is very smoggy). But I think I am going to start searching for some patterns and that Baby Norgi pattern looks pretty cool to start with.

And I could definitely make a sweater to wear around the house and say "oooo look at my sweater!" the way Silver does.

Thanks everybody!

noejusti

Ingrid
07-28-2007, 09:34 PM
Of all the sweaters I wear, I get the most compliments on the Dale St. Moritz I made.

Silver
07-28-2007, 09:44 PM
Of all the sweaters I wear, I get the most compliments on the Dale St. Moritz I made.
St. Moritz is a gorgeous sweater... that and your fish sweater are my two faves. :heart: