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Look what just arrived at my house!

It’s the itty bitty polka-dotted fountain pen I found on eBay for $6.95. :D

The blue parts are plastic or something else cheap, but the metal parts are fairly decent. The grip is confusing, though - it’s SO thin, why the indentations? but I think it actually helps a bit with what could otherwise be slippery metal.

The nib is absolutely adorable and something of a Fine, as demonstrated with De Atramentis Apple Blossom (old formula), next to Medium writing with Tsutsuji using a Monteverde Artista Crystal M pen. (The paper is just a document envelope from FloridaBlue, so please don’t trust anything except line-weight on it!)

Hopefully the photos give a good idea of how tiny and adorable this pen is! I probably paid $6 for shipping and 95c for the pen itself… I think $6.95 is a pretty good rate, and shipping wasn’t bad. It came in just a cheap plastic mailer, but it’s not like it’s a high quality pen or anything, and it arrived fairly quickly - only 2 days after the expected arrival window opened.

The MOST interesting thing, besides how adorable it is, is the converter. It’s a plunger converter, but the top part doesn’t turn - it pushes up and down like a lever. Probably this is to keep it thin to fit the profile of the pen body, but it took me a moment before the lightbulb turned on for me. :)

My favorite agenda/planner of all time, the Rhodia Webplanner, discontinued their academic year version (August through July) so I am stuck needing a planner to fill 5 months before the new 2015 Webplanner is usable. I tried to buy a 2014 one, but couldn’t find the right size anywhere - I prefer 6x8 inches, if possible, not the pocket size.

So as a compromise, I decided to get a regular webnotebook. But Goulet Pens didn’t have quite what I wanted in stock, and I saw that they had the Leuchtturm1917 in a suitable alternative. (And then a week later they brought in several more color options!) I got the grey, 5.5x8 inch (is that B5 or something) hardcover with dot-grid paper.

You can buy it from the Goulets here: http://www.gouletpens.com/Leuchtturm1917_Large_Notebook_s/1322.htm Leuchtturm1917 also has a line of 2015 planners comparable to the Rhodia Webplanner, but I’m sticking to my Rhodia: http://www.gouletpens.com/Leuchtturm1917_Planners_s/1567.htm

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Have you tried the Magic Loop method? It is a nifty way to knit rounds without DPNs. It also has less of a chance laddering as well.

Yes, I use Magic Loop or DPNs depending on what I’m knitting. For the very small circumferences, I prefer DPNs, but also all of my smaller size needles (this one is US2/3mm, but I might need to go down to 2.5mm if not US1/2mm) are DPNs, and I don’t have any circs smaller than US4.

The picture that Ysolda included in the PDF of this step also has a bit more stretch next to the SSK column than other stitches, but it’s not as big as mine. Maybe it is just overstuffing that section, since I packed it hard so I could have room for my fingers in the bit of trunk I’m knitting. When I smush it around, it closes up a bit, except for right at the Y of the two decreases meeting. (Still thinking of redoing it, because I don’t like how the first K2Tog on the opposite side looks, and I want to redo the meeting of the decs anyway.)

I am making a little stuffed Elephant based on Ysolda Teague’s “Elijah” pattern (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/elijah) and everything is coming along fairly well, except that the SSK decreases have this awful little gap, and I can’t figure out if it needs to be reknit or not. I tried moving the stuffing around and such, but it’s always there, and I took pains to reduce the risk of laddering.

The yarn is super soft and sweet, and I’m hoping to have it finished in a couple days to give to the expectant mom, but. That it literally the only super weird spot in the entire section, though some of my earlier stitches are a bit uneven from the K2Tog/SSK on a small circumference with Pima Cotton (and in light green, which will show those variances very clearly!).

I’m fretting. I’ll probably rip it out and redo it.

I am making a little stuffed Elephant based on Ysolda Teague’s “Elijah” pattern (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/elijah) and everything is coming along fairly well, except that the SSK decreases have this awful little gap, and I can’t figure out if it needs to be reknit or not. I tried moving the stuffing around and such, but it’s always there, and I took pains to reduce the risk of laddering.

The yarn is super soft and sweet, and I’m hoping to have it finished in a couple days to give to the expectant mom, but. That it literally the only super weird spot in the entire section, though some of my earlier stitches are a bit uneven from the K2Tog/SSK on a small circumference with Pima Cotton (and in light green, which will show those variances very clearly!).

I’m fretting. I’ll probably rip it out and redo it.

penguinsandpaper:

jeff-the-god-of-biscuits:

keristars:

jeff-the-god-of-biscuits:

I HAVE FINALLY FOUND IT…THE FOUNTAIN PEN OF MY DREAMS…!!!

Now, how do I go about affording to get it…?

Haha, “how do I go about affording the Pilot Metropolitan”….!

I mean, I know that there are some months when I really can’t afford the Pilot Metropolitan, so this isn’t about being poor which I understand, but if you think THAT is a pricey pen, boy have I news for you…

The Pilot Metropolitan is about the same cost as 2 or 3 quick breakfasts at Starbucks.

It’s actually one of the more affordable pens out there, especially considering its quality, which is why it is my favorite and I own 3!

(If they come out with a brightly colored line, like Lamy Turquoise main body with J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage band, or Sailor Jentle Apricot body with Iroshizuku Tsutsuji band, I would be *all over them*.)

Umm…I do not, have never, and never will have any quick breakfasts at Starbucks.

And yes, I realize that this pen is very cheap.

But, considering my monthly income ranges from between $0 and $50, and ALL my money goes towards necessities - NO, I cannot afford it.

You can check Fountain Pen Network and post in the classified section for a used Metropolitan. I’m sure someone on the forums will sell one to you at a very good price.

Somewhat unrelated, there’s no need to have such a harsh tone in your response to Keristar’s good natured advice. You asked about how you might go about affording the pen and Keristars was kind enough to take time out of her day to offer advice. 

Nah, my response was a bit flippant. I didn’t reread it very closely, and even though I tried to frame it in terms of “being poor sucks when you love things like this” (because, trust me, I know! I wouldn’t be able to spend what I do on pens if my parents weren’t very generous about providing me food and shelter, and fountain pens and ink are pretty much the only ‘fun’ thing in my budget, like $15/month), I didn’t do a very good job at being helpful.

I edited my original reply to be less abrasive.

Also, for what it’s worth, I don’t visit Starbucks, either, but “coffee + pastry” seems to be a pretty standard way of measuring costs, so that’s what I used. I don’t even know how much that would be, but I’m guessing $8?

jeff-the-god-of-biscuits:

I HAVE FINALLY FOUND IT…THE FOUNTAIN PEN OF MY DREAMS…!!!

Now, how do I go about affording to get it…?

The Pilot Metropolitan is only around $15, which for me is 3 weeks of not indulging my cherry coke addiction (which I’m trying very hard to quit, because it’s money I need to not be spending!). I understand being poor, though, and there are months when the Metropolitan is outside my reach.

But it’s actually one of the more affordable pens out there, especially considering its quality, which is why it is my favorite and I own 3!

(If they come out with a brightly colored line, like Lamy Turquoise main body with J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage band, or Sailor Jentle Apricot body with Iroshizuku Tsutsuji band, I would be *all over them*.)

Sailor Clear Candy Dot - Totally cute new designs in the Clear Candy fountain pen line!

Ladybug Dot comes in red/grey on white or white/yellow on blue, and Lucky Cat Dot (Maneki-neko Dot) is pink/grey or yellow/brown on white.

I noticed the ladybug ones on eBay the other day and immediately went WANT and also “JetPens, will you carry this for me to buy?” (insert the sad puppy eyes here ;) ) But literally, if they carry this design, I will buy the red ladybug one AND a regular red Clear Candy so that I can swap the caps/bodies.

Images are from the official listing at Sailor.co.jp.

(Source: sailor.co.jp)

So I have the Apple Green LE Lamy Safari now, thanks to @kindervenom, and I swapped the M for a 1.1 italic nib. I love writing with the italic nib in a good quality nib/feed system (vs. my cheap-o set from 18 months ago), but the triangle grip is still causing me trouble for any kind of long-term writing.

I tried to get a photo of exactly why these grips don’t work for me, but it was hard to do! As you can see, I pull the nib across the page, writing with it sideways. That’s because of the angle I hold the pen at - it leans to my right rather than towards me, and my hand sort of wants to go above the line? I have a strong left/up tilt to my writing, too (ameliorated by tilting my paper left also).

My middle finger sometimes rests on the back of the section with a three-finger-hold, but in this instance, I was using a two-finger hold. I’m trying to remember…I think it depends on the thickness of the pen/pencil, maybe, which one I use?

Anyway, I was browsing ebay during downtime at work today for no particular reason and I found an adorable baby-blue polka dot pen with a hooded nib. I passed over it, then ten minutes later on a whim ordered one. It should arrive in about 2 weeks!

OMG.

THAT DECOR. THAT COUCH.

IT HAS A BUILT IN TABLE SO YOU CAN LOUNGE WHILE YOU EAT.

So decadent. So rich.

And Carole Lombard is like “Do not fuck with me rn i am eating ok turkey leg »»»> u” so glamorous.

On The Radar: Montblanc Rita Hayworth Limited Edition Fountain Pen

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On The Radar: Montblanc Rita Hayworth Limited Edition Fountain Pen

montblanc_rita_hayworth_limited_editionMontblanc pays tribute to Rita Hayworth with a pen that captures all the glamor of the woman once dubbed “The Great American Love Goddess” by Life magazine. Limited to 46 handmade pieces, this limited series of writing instruments pays tribute to the 1946 debut “Gilda”, the movie that gave Hayworth international fame.

Glamor, sensuality and femininity – the electrifying qualities that made this…

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Okay I saw this and “Rita Hayworth” and looked again and thought “that does seem to be based on the iconic ‘Gilda’ dress, doesn’t it?” then I scrolled further down my dashboard and here FPGeeks are confirming it.

I’m in love with the curving pinstripes on that deep green and the asymmetrical cap design. It’s sure to be obscenely expensive, as it’s such a limited run. Alas.

fencer-x:

mydri:

fencer-x:

Hey Rei’s glasses match his tie and that’s probably a coincidence but what if he changes his glasses to green to match the 2nd-year uniform’s tie for the new school year?? :D

That would be adorable and very Rei-like, but sadly that is not how it works at Iwatobi: the students get their color in their first year and they stick with it until they graduate. When they try to get new members, all the first years are wearing blue ribbons and ties.
I guess it’s more convenient this way: in-universe, because the kids don’t have to throw away perfectly good accesories and buy new ones every year, and on a meta-level, because the uniform’s colors where chosen to match the main characters’ designs. It is not a coincidence that Rei’s glasses or Makoto’s eyes match their ties (and it’s obvious that Samezuka’s uniform was designed exclusively to make Rin look good, the pink collar does nothing to flatter Mikoshiba or Nitori’s designs).

I’m pretty sure that’s a GENERAL uniform thing the world over? Or at least, as I said, we had the same ‘rule’ with our gym uniforms at my middle school, where the style you got in your first year stuck with you all three years before being recycled the new 6th graders when you graduated.
It was mostly just a, “HEY WHAT WOULD REI LOOK LIKE WITH GREEN GLASSES??” but the red suits him really well (and Nagisa too).

Well, here you go:

fencer-x:

mydri:

fencer-x:

Hey Rei’s glasses match his tie and that’s probably a coincidence but what if he changes his glasses to green to match the 2nd-year uniform’s tie for the new school year?? :D

That would be adorable and very Rei-like, but sadly that is not how it works at Iwatobi: the students get their color in their first year and they stick with it until they graduate. When they try to get new members, all the first years are wearing blue ribbons and ties.

I guess it’s more convenient this way: in-universe, because the kids don’t have to throw away perfectly good accesories and buy new ones every year, and on a meta-level, because the uniform’s colors where chosen to match the main characters’ designs. It is not a coincidence that Rei’s glasses or Makoto’s eyes match their ties (and it’s obvious that Samezuka’s uniform was designed exclusively to make Rin look good, the pink collar does nothing to flatter Mikoshiba or Nitori’s designs).

I’m pretty sure that’s a GENERAL uniform thing the world over? Or at least, as I said, we had the same ‘rule’ with our gym uniforms at my middle school, where the style you got in your first year stuck with you all three years before being recycled the new 6th graders when you graduated.

It was mostly just a, “HEY WHAT WOULD REI LOOK LIKE WITH GREEN GLASSES??” but the red suits him really well (and Nagisa too).

Well, here you go:

(Source: blushingbertl)

The MOKA ChiaroScuro fountain pen, your perfect coffee companion

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The MOKA ChiaroScuro fountain pen, your perfect coffee companion

MOKA chiaroscuro fountain penMoka, the pen that marked the early success of Giuliano Mazzuoli in the world of writing instruments, becomes MOKA CHIAROSCURO through the use of high-quality resin in 5 pearled colors: blue, orange, white, red, black.

The attention to detail and workmanship that is entirely made in Florence have become prerequisites for the entire Mazzuoli production. The 15 components that make up the MOKA pen…

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Oh my lord this pen design is practically pure sex.

Have you seen anything more divine in outside-the-box pen design?

(and it’s ONLY $133! i thought for sure it would be closer to $200 - that kind of interesting design tends to be a good deal pricier.)

I just finished up the first ball of Cotlin in Planetarium for this scarf, using the Plume socks lace motif from French Girl Knits Accessories.

I know nothing about scarves, as a lifelong Floridian, and someone whose dysautonomia means I can’t wear things around my neck usually.

How long should I make this thing, anyway?

I just finished up the first ball of Cotlin in Planetarium for this scarf, using the Plume socks lace motif from French Girl Knits Accessories.

I know nothing about scarves, as a lifelong Floridian, and someone whose dysautonomia means I can’t wear things around my neck usually.

How long should I make this thing, anyway?

crowapproach:

Got an amazing deal for this beauty. The Pilot Myu 701. Released by Pilot in 1971 and then discontinued by the end of that decade, these things are only getting harder to find and rising in price. (Hard to believe this one is 43 years old.) The nib is integrated with the section and creates a beautiful hybrid of modern and classic design, a sort of steel quill. I’m tremendously happy and so far can’t find any flaws to it. Writing is smooth, weight is perfect, length is pocket sized and then caps for the ideal size for writing. I think this could be my grail pen.

I am completely fascinated by integral nibs like this one, where the nib and body/section are a single piece of metal, and desperately want to get my hands on one to play with one day.

fpgeeks:

Here’s a nib comparison of some lovely Montegrappas I’ve recently used. From L to R: Extra 1930, Extra 1930 Contempo, Extra 1930 Otto, and Miya Carbon. The designs are slightly different an they all write very well, but it honk I prefer the Extra 1930 on the left. How about you?

@montegrappaitalia @montegrappausa #montegrappa #montegrappa1912 #montegrappaitalia #fpgeeks #fountainpen #fountainpens

so pretty you guyslook at the delicate etching on the sections AND the nibs and the gold-inlay on the first one with the heart cut-out.Montegrappa makes some gorgeous pens i wish i could afford to own at least one and admire it forever and ever

fpgeeks:

Here’s a nib comparison of some lovely Montegrappas I’ve recently used. From L to R: Extra 1930, Extra 1930 Contempo, Extra 1930 Otto, and Miya Carbon. The designs are slightly different an they all write very well, but it honk I prefer the Extra 1930 on the left. How about you?

@montegrappaitalia @montegrappausa #montegrappa #montegrappa1912 #montegrappaitalia #fpgeeks #fountainpen #fountainpens

so pretty you guys

look at the delicate etching on the sections AND the nibs and the gold-inlay on the first one with the heart cut-out.

Montegrappa makes some gorgeous pens i wish i could afford to own at least one and admire it forever and ever