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Old 07-26-2007, 08:13 PM   #1
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OMG Dale of Norway!
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!


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Old 07-26-2007, 08:22 PM   #2
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Hello! I'm in Ontario and I've never seen them here. So sorry that I can't help out! Good luck! samm
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Have you tried searching on www.froogle.com?
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Old 07-26-2007, 08:51 PM   #4
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Dale of Norway is one of my fav sites on the net.The have patterns books for sale.
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I'm not familiar with these sweaters, can you give me the link?
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You can make them for waaaay cheaper. I've made one, and am currently working on another.
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Old 07-26-2007, 10:33 PM   #7
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I've made one too, with another on my to-do list. I made Osterdalen. 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 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!
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Old 07-27-2007, 12:46 PM   #8
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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.

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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.
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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.
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