13 September 2013

Thrifted Nordic Scandi Knit, Channelling The Killing Style!!

Hi everyone!! Well the weather really is Autumnal this week, bouts of rain, wind and clouds mean that layering has been a must for all trips outdoors. 
A lot of style bloggers have been posting about sweaters for the coming season and a continued theme  is the need and desire for quality knits. In the mid 80s and early 90s it was standard to be able to buy knits on the high street that were lambswool, merino wool or pure wool-of course, acrylic was about but was that much cheaper. Now acrylic and viscose seem to be the norm on the high street and if you want a good wool mix or pure wool then you really do have to shop around if you're on a budget of under £50.

Who can forget the frenzy of 'The Killing', not just for the show but the wool sweaters featured on it:





The wonderful company Gudrun & Gudrun, run by two Faroese women make The Killing jumpers and cardigans and if you've around £200 to £300 to spend on one of these wonderful knits, it really is an investment knit for life. The Faro Islands are 18 tiny islands situated in the North Atlantic, between Iceland and Norway.  Their traditional knits are 100% organic wool and are handknitted.

My latest thrift find isn't one of 'The Killing' sweaters but as near as to it as possible!! I have been hankering after a Scandinavian knit for quite a few years now and was thrilled to find one earlier today in a neighbouring town's charity shop. The knit is by Norwegian company Nordstrikk. They are situated outside the town of Aalesund on the West coast of Norway and have produced Norwegian wool sweaters and cardigans for over 40 years:




My find is a unisex cardigan and was a fantastic fiver!! A cardigan of this quality can really be classed as an Autumn/Winter jacket and will be a versatile item as I can wear tees, blouses or shirts underneath:




The craftmanship and detailing is second to none and it just goes to show that bargains are there for the finding, especially if you're after some winter items. I spent £5 on this lovely cardigan and on their website the nearest design to it is currently around £150! 
If you do go on thrifting trips keep your eyes open for Scandi knits, retro or vintage coats or jumpers-not only will you get excellent quality, you'll pay a lot less than what's on the high street at the moment-as well as being unique and stylish in the bargain!

Have a great weekend- it's London Fashion Week so I'm sure a lot of stylish bloggers are London bound- here's hoping it stays dry for all of us!

13 comments:

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

Crazy great sweater. I love those sweaters but they are too hot for me. I get so smothered with too hot of clothes. But I love admiring them.

Vix said...

Great find! I have bought and sold a few recently, I just can't get on with woollens but can appreciate them on others! x

Jean at www.drossintogold.com said...

I love the way your post is informative AND inspiring. I love this style of sweater but it's rarely cold enough here to justify wearing it. I have found a few in the thrift stores and always wish I had an excuse to wear one. When I was younger I lived in a colder region and these were very popular. I don't like synthetic fibers so pure wool is very attractive. Hope you get a chance to enjoy yours. XXOO

Sue said...

You must have some really great charity shops round your way. I actually went in one yesterday for the first time in a long while and the offerings wasn't good. There were old worn in Zara shoes for £3.99 - I can't help thinking I would prefer to go in to Primark and buy some new for £6 when it's as bad as that.

But keep going - I like seeing your treasures - at least you're having luck.

That's Not My Age said...

I'm a big fan of a Scandi knit (& still miss The Killing!)

J. said...

I have a sweater like this that I have had for over 15 years, so yes, a well made one can indeed be an investment for life, I think. Mine still looks as good as new!

NET-A-DRESSER said...

Love those Nordic knits, my charity shops tend to have the "LOVELY" Acrylic versions Ugh..??!!Lucky you great finds and inspiration as always! xx

Anne said...

I love the pattern on those nordic sweaters! Another great find Sharon....hope you are having a great weekend:)
~Anne xx

Style At Every Age said...

I never watched the Killing but am partial to a scandi knit!

FairyFiligree said...

thanks for the hint..... looks superbly cosy....

Style Eyes said...

Love this. I have definitely been feeling the cold more lately and want something lovely and warm to wear. I am off to check out Oxfam online to see if they have nay Scandi knits.

highlandfashionista.com said...

Another fabulous find….I am seriously considering moving to your town for the thrifting.

Sharon S said...

Hi everyone! Your comments are so much appreciated, thank you for stopping by xx

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