“So, Sølvi. Where have you been?”, you might ask. And my answer to that is: “Well, like everyone born in 1981, I did my part and turned 30. Last week was packed with work, visitors, more work, more visitors, dinner with my darling, and a garden party with all of my family. Little or no sewing was done, except this:


I made bunting!

I did manage to almost finish a knitted sweater, I only have an hours work left! And I got some great sewing related gifts, my family really know what my hobbies are…


Darning egg

A pre-loved darning egg. Possibly owned by one of my grandmothers, but I´m not quite sure. The direct translation of the norwegian word for it is, darning mushroom. You see how ours are shaped more like a mushroom than an egg? Anyways. No more holes in my socks!

The Fashionary

The Fashionary! Yay for Joy! I´ve been eying this on the interwebs for a while, imagine the joy when I opened this gift! For those of you who haven´t seen this, it´s basically a sketching book for designs, with templates for easy sketching. See (okay so it is really hard to see, but they are there!):

From the Fashionary From the Fashionary

Most of the book consists of templates, but the first pages are packed with sewing and design related information and drawings.

I got a couple of other interesting books as well:


Modemanifestet by Sofia HEdström and Anna Schori Retromasker by Tine Solheim

The first book is called Modemanifestet, de stilsmartas handbok. This is an anti-shopping manifesto. The author went on a 365 days long journey without shopping, and searched for alternative style solutions. This book is what she came up with! Retromasker is the third book from Norwegian knitting and crochet designer Tine Solheim. The pieces in this book incorporates knitting patterns from older times in new settings.

Last week on The Sew Weekly the inspiration came from children´s books. And you know what I got from my family? An original drawing from my favorite author and illustrator, Thore Hansen. Growing up, I read all of his cleverly written and beautifully illustrated books. I am so thankful to have such a wonderful family who knows what I like!


Thore Hansen illustration

This is the piece I got. Look at all the details! Everything is drawn and painted by hand.

The last thing I got that I wanted to show you was a birthday present from myself…


Shoes from traid remade

Shoes! And not just any shoes. Shoes from TRAIDremade. Only nine pairs exists, as every pair is made from recycled material. They are called Jam Jar Golightly Pump, and are just the cutest ever! By the way, I came across this sympathetic company through Zoe, as she has the awesome job of making refashions to sell through this website (must be the best job in the universe, right?).

So, that was my weekend. How was yours?


  1. Steph on 10/05/2011 at 13:09

    Happy Birthday! What a great haul. 🙂 Those shoes are just delightful, and ethical on top of that, AND unique. Wicked.

  2. Suzie on 10/05/2011 at 13:30

    Happy Birthday – and welcome to the 30s club! Wow – what amazing things you got, you lucky thing. I hadn’t heard about the Fahsionary – btut now I really really want one!! And love those shoes too – so cute. Make sure you don’t wear them on a wet day though!!! 🙂

  3. Scruffybadger on 10/05/2011 at 19:19

    Happy Birthday Solvi- 30’s special – enjoy your year. Looks like you’ll be getting plenty of sewing in!

  4. Kristen on 10/05/2011 at 20:15

    Happy Birthday! Congrats on near-finishing the knitting – can’t wait to see! Those look like some really fab presents; amazing books!

  5. Alessa on 10/05/2011 at 23:29

    Oooh, belated happy birthday! 🙂 That sketchbook looks awesome and the shoes are super cute!

  6. Robyn on 11/05/2011 at 12:21

    Happy 30th Birthday 🙂 Hope you had a fabulous day and that you’re enjoying your lovely gifts.

  7. Gwen on 11/05/2011 at 12:34

    Happy Birthday! What excellent gifts – the Fashionary looks especially cool! Of course, the greatest gift of all is your wonderful family. 🙂

  8. Stacy on 11/05/2011 at 13:12

    I’ve been away from the blogs too long and now you’ve turned 30. 🙂 Happy birthday! 🙂
    Your gifts are all fabulous, but especially those shoes. Jam Jar Golightly…that’s adorable!

  9. Sølvi on 11/05/2011 at 13:17

    Thanks everyone for your lovely comments! 🙂

  10. ali on 12/05/2011 at 07:19

    Happy birthday! What wonderful gifts, particularly smitten with the antishopping book and darling shoes. (Wistful)

  11. Alexandra Mason on 12/05/2011 at 15:27

    Happy belated Birthday! Gorgeous gifts, i love your Thore Hansen drawing!

  12. Gabrielle on 12/05/2011 at 16:05

    Happy Birthday – sounds like you’ve had some fine celebrations, hope the year is great for you! BTW along with everyone else I’m seriously coveting your birthday presents…

  13. Debi on 21/05/2011 at 11:38

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I hope you had a fantastic time! Love the gifts and it’s really great to see the Thore Hansen drawings after you mentioned it…fantastic book!!

    Oh and definitely next time we have a UK meet-up–you’ll have to come over!!

  14. Carolyn on 25/05/2011 at 13:50

    Happy birthday Solvi!!
    What lovely birthday gifts! Interesting; we call those darning mushrooms too, not eggs. Which country calls them eggs, do you know?
    I have a fashionary too. It’s lots of fun, even if I don’t end up making all of my planned things!

    • Sølvi on 25/05/2011 at 14:09

      Than you Carolyn! I´ve seen the term darning egg on ebay as well as in google translate, so I guess it is an american, perhaps british term? Those darning eggs do look a lot more like eggs too, I might add! 🙂 I wonder where one uses eggs and not mushrooms. And why. Oh, the questions. Hm….

  15. kristin on 27/05/2011 at 02:42

    how did i miss this post and your birthday?!!! i hope you have had a wonderful birthday month!!

  16. kristin on 27/05/2011 at 02:42

    ps that was me, quietandsmall 🙂

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