The KNIT A NORWEGIAN KAL on Ravelry began at midnight 2010 Norwegian time and I am finally going to knit my Dale of Norway Sirdal sweater! I love this classic pattern and I will be knitting it in a classic color, navy blue. The Sirdal buttons are discontinued but I was able to find some on-line. Huzzah for Google! Here is a picture from the pattern book.
The sweater is named after a very popular ski resort in Norway. I wonder how the skiing in Norway compares to Colorado Rocky Mountain skiing? How can Norwegian skiers not be incredible athletes as they zip down those peaks anticipating lounging around in the ski lodge in their beautiful Norwegian sweaters?
I would love to go to Norway someday. My husband’s maternal grandmother was from Norway. And, my daughter has married into a family that, not only descends from Norway, but is steeped in rich Norwegian traditions. I think it is prudent for me to learn all I can about traditional Norwegian knitting just in case there will be some wee Norwegian grandchildren born some day who would love to wear Norwegian sweaters made by their non-Norwegian grandmother.
I’m off to a good start. This sweater does not have ribbing. It starts off by knitting nine rounds, purling a row for the fold line and then casting on steek stitches. At that point you join and start knitting in the round. A sweet little hem. You also knit the first inches in a smaller needle changing to the larger one when you get to the Main Pattern. Interesting. I’m not sure why other than perhaps to draw the sweater in a bit at the hem since there is nor ribbing. If any of you Dale of Norway experts know please fill me in!
I’m pretty pumped about focusing on the one-sweater-at-a-time resolution I made for New Year’s Eve. Having to deal with those unfinished and uninspired sweater UFOs last month convicted me. Fortunately, turning them into pillows helped me realize that I did love them at one point enough to start them. I’m enjoying looking at them as pillows more than I did looking at them with guilt as they lay in knitting baskets!