Vintage Norwegian Travel Hanky

A vintage “how the Norwegians say it” hankie, presumably so you could politely pretend to sneeze while figuring out what to say — or what was being said to you — on your trip to Norway:

In case the images don’t make things clear (and they didn’t for this person of German descent), here’s a translation (courtesy of hubby, who is of Norwegian descent):

tusen takk = thank you
skål = cheers
pen pike = pretty girl
jeg elsker deg = I love you
værsågod = you’re welcome
god tur = nice trip
morn = ‘morning!
takk for maten = thank you for the meal

While discussing this vintage handkerchief, hubby noted the crosses on all the helmets…

“It’s so you can tell them from the Vikings,” I said.

“Norwegians were Vikings,” he replied.

Über fail for me.

Hanky found at HANKIESANDMORE.

I Want To Be a Viking

Some days, you’re just sitting around with a couple knitting needles and a few skeins of wool, and you think to yourself, “self, I really should knit myself a viking.”  So you go to work, without really thinking about how one would really knit a viking, but you’re a dedicated crafter, and in the end your result looks like this:

Knit Viking Hat and Beard

And then the entire Reddit world totally freaks out at your awesomeness.   (via)