Remember, you don't NEED to be able to make Stalhrim armor or Nordic in order to IMPROVE them;
I did not have the ability to make nordic until I beat some dude later, and could then respec.
However, I had a set of nordic nearly right away since the smith's sell the pieces now and again.
This is also true with bonemeld, chiten and Stalhrim. So I improved the storebought nordic to legendary,
double enchanted it and so forth, before I could make it myself.
I forgot to buy a 1 hand sword, but did buy the nordic shield as well. I'm using a 1 hand stalrim for the heck of it,
plus the higher damage frost damage enchant. I guess I'll make a nordic 1 hand so I'm more uniform, at
level 81 on master everything dies fast anyway.
PS3 IS a real console, Bethesda is just much worse at making games for it than they are for
my xbox 360 (as incredible as that is, like it could BE worse.) The "Bethesda console experience", is
not a universal console gaming experience.