The question is, What style do you want???? If you are a sweater person, then you just MUST have a Dale Of Norway Sweater, if you don't know what one is, than you are really missing out on something.
I am the owner of a couple of beautiful Norwegian Sweaters, and the hottest place on the net to buy these beauties is of course at "Dale of Norway" or if you prefer to visit..... www.daleofnorway.com
For years I have sat by and watched many members of my family wearing these types of sweaters, and always wanted one. I used to ask my mother why I never had one, she used to laugh and say, if you want one of those sweaters, you'll have to wait until you are old enough to buy one for yourself. I found out why, she didn't want to buy a child a sweater that cost $145 - $200. I don't blame her. I don't think I would spend that either, but then again I don't believe childrens' sweaters cost as much as adults do, but they are still pretty expensive considering it's smaller.
WHY are they expensive? They are hand woven, and they are made in Norway of 100% pure new Norwegian wool. Norwegians don't fool around let me tell you! They know their stuff when it comes to knitting sweaters.
It's very difficult to review this particular sweater without talking in general about MOST Norwegian sweaters. I can definitely say that any "Dale of Norway" sweater that you buy whether it be a cardigan or a pullover, you will have superior quality. There are so many different styles and patterns to choose from, I'm sure you would be very pleased with any that you choose. This particular sweater is called the Salt Lake Pullover Sweater. It's absolutely beautiful. (but then again what Norwegian Sweater isn't?)
As I sit here feeling the damp chill in the air from all the rain we've been having, I've decided to put mine on. It not only works to keep you warm and cozy inside, but you can wear these sweaters outside as if you had a coat on. You WILL stay warm. The Salt Lake Sweater has a 1/4 zip front, giving you plenty of room when pulling it over your head, some pullovers do not have that option. (Personally I like that, because sometimes I feel that if things are to close to my neck, I get a bit of a phobia going on) The cuff around the collar is not your usual sweater collar, but instead it's thick, it's like 4 times as thick as an average pull over sweater, don't ask me what the purpose for that is, but I like it. It's sturdy, and woven to last. The collars don't get stretched out or baggy. They seem to really keep their shape.
The dark color (navy blue) wears well, it masks the usual grime that might come due to excessive wear. These sweaters also wash well. You can either dry clean them, OR you can wash them by hand. I haven't found a time when I've needed to wash the sweater often or after each use, but maybe just hand wash every now and then. The sweater is just absolutely beautiful. The design is not quite considered a snowflake design, but very close to it. Dale Of Norway offers colorful traditional patterns in their sweaters along with comfort. The Norwegian sweater is great for the outdoorsy type of person. Skiing and winter activities go hand in hand with the Norwegian Sweater. I can't say that I am outside skiing, but I do enjoy my sweaters, and why shouldn't I? I'm proud to be at least 1/2 Norwegian.
I can not give you anything to compare it to, because there is nothing in this world that will compare to the quality or design of a Norwegian sweater, no matter which Norwegian Company makes it. Volund also has some gorgeous sweaters, I own 2 of those as well. Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. Need I say more?
As I stated before, the cost for a sweater like this can range from about $150 - $200 and even more depending on what you are getting. Sometimes you are given a choice to choose what type of wool you wish to have, some wool is very soft and flexible, and some is very course and thick. I don't like the VERY soft wool, but not the very course wool either, so it's always tough to decide what exactly to order (when buying online) When you are in a shop, it's easy to see what looks and feels best to you.
While I was in Norway in 1999. I bought a hand made sweater for my son for about $30.00. I don't think you can ever find a deal like that. But the woman had a rack at the sale on the street where people come on Saturday mornings and put up their things, (sort of like a flea market) and when she knew I was from America, she was so happy to be selling her home made sweater to someone in USA, she gave me a GREAT DEAL. My son loved it. He's worn if for the last 4 years, and it's only been just this past year he got a little to big for it. I will not part with it. Someday he'll have children (hopefully) and I'll give it to them. You would never know that my son has had 4 years of wear in that sweater, it still looks like new. A little bit of Norwegian history. It is said that Norwegian wives used to knit their husbands sweaters, they wore them in the winter or on cold days as if it were a coat. It was knitted with Love, and the women added their own strands of hair in with the knitting to make it extra special for their loved ones. I thought that was really nice.... Don't worry I don't think you will find that sort of thing in any sweater that you get from Dale Of Norway. They do not have a team of loving women pulling strands of their own hair out as they knit. Further more these sweaters are made by knitting machines, which is why you can buy multiple sweaters all identically the same.
Back to the Salt Lake Sweater. I don't know why I am reviewing this sweater, but I haven't even been able to locate one online, it's possible that because the item being reviewed says "Closeout" maybe it's not made anymore. All I can say is that I'm glad I have mine and whether they are being made anymore or not, this one will last many many years. I don't think you'll ever find something for this price that you can wear regularly, that just won't wear out. FOUR YEARS & GOING STRONG!!!! Thanks to Dale of Norway!!!
Hand wash. They suggest turning it inside out, (but I don't) Use a mild washing detergent. Squeeze gently, but DO NOT wring, and make sure you rinse it out well.
Dry your sweater on a flat surface, you can pull it gently into shape if necessary. Do not dry in sunshine or in a tumble dryer. You can be iron it if you wish but only using the wool setting. You also can choose to have it dry cleaned, but dry cleaning may change the brightness of the colors and the softness of the wool. When storing any knitted garments you should leave them folded, you shouldn't hang them up, because you will get pulls and hanger marks, with lumps in the shoulders, they don't just push out or rub out. Folding and putting on a shelf is the best bet for storing your sweater.
If you don't have a Norwegian Sweater, and you love sweaters, I suggest a sweater from Dale of Norway. I can't say that you will find this exact sweater, the Salt Lake Sweater, but you may be able to find something similar.
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