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*Metal Color: Silver
*Condition: 100% brand new
*Code: ME-1784
*Metal: Stainless Steel
*Finishing: Polished and Blackened
*Gauge: 0.7MM(0.03")thick;
*Dimension: length: 16MM(0.63"); width: 3.8MM(0.15")
*Inner Diameter: 13MM(0.51")
*Weight: 2.5g
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*Metal Color: Gold
*Condition: 100% brand new
*Code: ME-1784-A
*Metal: Stainless Steel
*Finishing: Polished
*Gauge: 1MM(0.04")thick;
*Dimension: length: 17MM(0.67"); width: 4MM(0.16"); Inner Diameter: 14MM(0.55")
*Weight: 2.6g
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*Metal Color: Black
*Condition: 100% brand new
*Code: ME-1784-B
*Metal: Stainless Steel
*Finishing: Polished
*Gauge: 1MM(0.04")thick;
*Dimension: length: 17MM(0.67"); width: 4MM(0.16"); Inner Diameter: 14MM(0.55")
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Yarn + Ink: Sour Skittles

Laura usually does the Yarn + Ink posts but my rationale for doing one today it two-fold. First, this yarn, as many have told me is SO ME.

I mean… c’mon! Lime green with fuchsia contrasting yarn for the heels and toes (This self-striping yarn is from Lollipop Yarn and is/was called “Sweet & Sour” if I remember correctly).

It perfectly matches my Diplomat Traveler Lumi Light and Lamy Vibrant Pink (which, amusingly, is what the color I dye my hair is also called.) In terms of ink, Monteverde Garnet was the closest I could find without diving into neon inks and Diamine Calligraphy Passion and Lennon Tool Bar Firefly were good matches to the green.

Second, my initial post was supposed to be a review about a budget-friendly notebook and it was not really worth the time or effort to write up a review for the site about it.

Suffice it to say, the Penco General Notebook (B7 size which is about 3.5″ x 5″ ) has a thick plastic cover and off-white paper with 5mm grid in grey. The paper is very smooth but unsuitable for all but the most “general” tools — ballpoint and maybe the occasional gel pen. Maybe, a felt tipped pen like a Papermate Flair would be okay with it too. Rollerball and liquid inks, including fountain pen inks, bleed, feather, show through and generally do not work with the paper. The grid also seemed a bit too dark for most tools. It wasn’t until I realized how unsatisfactory the paper was that I faced with the dilemma of how best to dispose of a notebook with plastic covers…. its an environmental quandry. The covers would need to be removed before the internal pages could be recycled — or if you were particularly thorough about disposing of the contents or burned. D not burn plastic! Or notebooks with plastic covers.

So… you can see why I forfeit this review and left you with the joy that is Sour Skittles colored sock yarn. Taste the rainbow!

A Well-Appointed Celebration

One of our own had a huge reason to celebrate last week – Jaclyn got married!

The Well-Appointed staff has not yet been able to attend pen shows during 2021 (nor for most of 2020), but that doesn’t mean we haven’t seen one another! Ana, her (real) husband, Bob, and I made the trek up to Indianapolis to attend Jaclyn’s wedding. We thought our readers may enjoy seeing a portion of the trip.

The Epic Well-Appointed Journey began with my solo trip from Colorado out to Ana’s Well-Appointed house in Kansas City. This is a long trip. 9 hours driving across eastern Colorado and the entire state of Kansas. I was able to capture the two most interesting sights on this drive:

  1. My dusty dashboard. The actual view out the window was like this the entire time. Straight, flat, huge sky.

  1. The only time the view changed was during a rainstorm. A hint of a rainbow.

The reward for surviving across Kansas was a Well-Appointed meal.

The view on the drive to Indianapolis was different:

Practice safe hugs:

You didn’t think we would drive this far without at least some stationery stops, did you?

The night before Jaclyn’s wedding, party on a rooftop:

 

Quick! Act like you don’t see the camera!

Ready for the fun to start at the wedding! Wait, Bob wasn’t supposed to be in this one.

Since Bob was feeling left out, we let him be in the next photo with us:

Here comes our girl!

Jaclyn was radiant.

As was her bride:

Together, Jaclyn and Katie look even happier!

The wedding was definitely Well-Done!

Wax seals and all…

The first Well-Appointed wedding was perfect.

Much of the trip can be shown in food. Super fancy pastries:

Fried Oreos. Yes, they are vegan.

A different kind of Oreos:

I couldn’t believe the empty display box here. People actually eat these. While driving.

Sugar has truly reached a new height in these Pop-tarts:

Ana was missed:

The view on the way home was slightly more interesting:

And Jaclyn and Katie are having a Well-Deserved honeymoon:

 

Congratulations, Jaclyn and Katie.

The End

Link Love: Wha-tober?

Normally, I am planning my Inktober projects at the first scents of PSLs wafting from the local Starbucks (which started in August this year) and starting plans for NaKniSweMo and reminding folks about Cool Mist Humidifier, 50 Hrs Run Time for Bedroom, 5L/1.3 Gal Hu which both start in November. However, between the Chicago Pen Show that happened last week and the wedding of one of my favorite people in the world, the start of October just zipped right past me.

It’s only the 6th so its not too late to start your own daily habit project regardless of whether its the official Inktober project or your own personal challenge.

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Ink Review: Yoseka x Ink Institute No. 1 Origin Ink

On a recent trawl through the Yoseka website, I saw something I had missed before: that they have their own ink! I eagerly ordered a bottle of it.

Keya Piri Piri Seasoning 80 grams (2.8 oz) - Vegetarian, India - (30 mL, $18.00) was created as part of the Origins series to honor the origins of Yoseka Stationery. Green was the original color of the logo and the store when it opened in the 1980’s, so it felt like the right place to start in honoring the its origins. Yoseka has created both the ink, and a Sailor fountain pen (which is sadly sold out right now).

No. 1 Origin is a deep, dark forest green. It goes down bright when it is wet, and slowly shades darker as it dries. I found the ink had some shading, but no sheen or shimmer. I saw someone else commented in the reviews that in heavy applications the ink sheened red, but I didn’t get that even in my heavier ink droplets.

In terms of comparisons, No. 1 Origin is similar in saturation to Colorverse Alpha Centuari, although I think Alpha Centauri leans a bit yellower in comparison. It is also pretty close to PenBBS #177, although without the shimmer.

Yoseka created in the ink in collaboration with Conifer, a Taiwanese company.

The ink went down easily and dried quickly, a bonus for someone who smears ink more often than she would like. The only drawback is that it’s not water resistant. However, I really love the color and think it’s a nice ink to have added to the collection.


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Support Your Favorite Stationery People

There are lots of pen, pencil and stationery blogs and podcasts that are finding ways to generate funds to support their passions through subscription services. By contributing $2, $5 or more each month, we as readers or listeners can help keep our favorite blogs and podcasts going. Subscribers get little extras like handwritten thank you notes, a special podcast episode or discount coupons and the stationery blogger/podcaster earns a bit more money each month.

Some of the funds generated are used to pay for hosting fees, improving equipment (computers, microphones, cameras, etc) or maintenance (like internet services, hosting fees, etc). Other funds help to pay for products to review.

I know we all  feel like every thing costs a $3-$5 a month now from our streaming tv to our newspaper subscriptions to the blogs we read but isn’t it worth supporting the projects we value?

The nice thing about Patreon and other services like it is that ,should your financial situation or interests change, you can reduce or cancel your support, even temporarily. You can shift your limited funds from one worthy cause to another throughout the year. When I lost my job last year, I cancelled all my subscriptions and various support to conserve funds but once I got a new job, I have been adding subscriptions back one by one. Some I pay in yearly chunks, others are month to month.

If you are a fan of any of the following blogs or podcasts, consider showing your support to these fine folks:

Many creators also have shops where they sell merchandise so check their sites for links as another way to support their ventures and get cool stuff in the process.

Let me know if we missed any of your favorite stationery content creators.

And, of course, not to sell our own snake oil, but we also have a Patreon. We offer several backer levels with various perks.

Super Power"Red" Complete Eurorack 3U Module

Papier Plume created an extra special ink for the Chicago Pen Show 2021. The ink was named after an icon of the Chicago skyline, the Cloud Gate sculpture, AKA the Bean. In designing the Cloud Gate ink, Papier Plume chose a color that is a multi-color grey ink with hints of blue and purple. Then Papier Plume introduced fine, gold shimmer particles to the ink. This combination simulates the sunlight and blue sky (or twilight or cloudy sky) reflecting off the metallic surface of the Bean. The dark grey that shades in some areas  simulates the shadow colors from the underside.

On Col-o-Ring paper:

I did several samples with the new Cloud Gate ink. On Col-o-Ring cards and the Oversize notebook, the ink is a very cool grey with a lot of evidence of the gold shimmer particles. When the ink was wet, the shimmer particles weren’t as noticeable as when the ink dried. Once dry, the shimmer particles were very easy to see especially on Col-o-Ring and Tomoe River paper.

When the ink pools in any way, the shimmer is much more visible.

I love how the shimmer looks when the light hits the ink.

On Tomoe River Paper:

On Tomoe River paper, the ink still shades a lot but is a little more neutral grey, the evidence of the blues and purples was not as evident.

Again, when the ink pools, the shimmer is really evident.

Ink Color Comparison:

When compared to other shimmer inks, the closest comparison would probably be J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey though Stormy Grey doesn’t have the multi-color range that Cloud Gate has. Diamine Snowstorm is  lighter and has silver shimmer rather than gold and Diamine Solstice is darker and features multi-chroma shimmer. On the furthest ends of the photo above is Starry Ink Lunar Halo which ends up looking much more brown (warmer dark) grey and features gold shimmer too while the Colorverse Glistening Anti-Matter is much more purply pink.

Final Thoughts:

The fact that Cloud Gate is (I think) Papier Plume’s first shimmer ink, and it’s a multi-chroma and a limited edition if you are an ink collector, this is a must-have. If you are new to shimmer inks, since this is Papier Plume’s first foray, the shimmer volume and particle size has not been thoroughly tested for flow and cleaning so it may not be the best place to start though I’ve not had issues with any of Papier Plume’s non-shimmer inks. However, I recommend new-to-shimmer to proceed with caution.

How Can I Buy This Ink?

The Cloud Gate ink will premiere at the pen show on Friday, October 1 and available at the Papier Plume booth. Any bottles left over after the show closes will be available for purchase online the following Monday, October 4, 2021.


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Link Love: AMA with AOC

Thanks to reader @prettypreciouspumpkin for tipping us off to the AMA (ask me anything) with AOC (US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez). She showed off her three favorite pens and as a fellow lefty, we couldn’t agree more with her selections. All three pens have, at some point, made my top 5 lists. I just have WAY more top five lists when it comes to pens than she does.

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