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Jeg har fået det fineste møbel. Et smukt, lille, lækkert sybord, fuld af kvalitet og historie. Det er et arvestykke, der blev givet specifikt til mig, hvis jeg lovede at bruge det.

I have been given a fantastic piece of furniture. A beautiful, little sewing table of lovely quality and filled with history. It is an inheritance given specifically to me, if I promised to use it.

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Den oprindelige ejer hed også Karen, og hun var en skøn dame, der holdt meget af håndarbejde. Jeg tænkte meget på hende, da jeg i weekenden gjorde bordet rent og sorterede i de ting, hun havde haft liggende i bordet. Der var mange fine og nogle sære ting. Mange strikkepinde (de fleste røg ud – de var helt slidt i stykker), lynlåse, sysæt fra hoteller og mange, mange knapper.

The original owner was also named Karen, and she was a wonderful lady, who loved sewing and knitting. I thought a lot about her, when I cleaned the table and sorted the stuff that filled it. There were many pretty and some weird stuff in there. A lifetime collection of knitting needles (most of them so used that they were beyond salvaging), zippers, sewing kits from random hotels, and many, many buttons.sybord3

Nogle af knapperne sad stadig på de papstykker, de var købt på. Andre lå hulter til bulter – dem har jeg nu grovsorteret i tre størrelser og blandet sammen med min egen knapsamling. Og så var der de helt særlige, hvor Karen ganske sirligt havde noteret på en lille konvolut, hvilken jakke knapperne passede til. “2 knapper til ternet frakke” – de fik så lov til at blive i kuverten og blive gemt som et lille stykke historie i mit nye, gamle bord.

Some of the buttons were still on the cardboard from shops that no longer exist. Others were mixed together – I’ve sorted those in three sizes and mixed them with my own button collection. And then there were some few special ones, where Karen had noted in her neat hand, which piece of clothing they were a match for. “2 buttons for checkered coat” – they got to stay in their little envelope and were saved as a piece of history in my new, old table.

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