Writing about knitting is like…

parallel pen calligraphy

… I’m not going to finish that sentence. It’s not going anywhere pleasant, I’m sure of it.

I’ve been putting my new Pilot Parallel Pen (2.4mm nib) to good use. I wrote what was stuck in my head – knit, knit, knit! (Could be worse, could have been lyrics to a Rick Astley song.) I was using a large Moleskine cahier which held the ink extremely well (it bled through in just a couple spots which was much better than I would have expected). The ink and the parallel nib is like buttah. Really.

Which reminds me… I registered for Yarn School! I’m going to Harveyville to learn to dye and spin my own yarn.  I might even get to meet some alpacas. I am so excited!

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Quote of the day…

thick pencil lettering

Several years ago, I checked a book out from the library about journaling and tucked inside the book was a slip of paper with this quote written on it. I returned the book but I saved the scrap of paper. It turns out to be a quote from Socrates (So-crates, for those of us who grew up with Bill + Ted’s Most Excellent Adventures). Smart man.

(Note: I did this lettering using a Foray flat lead pencil. Wow.)

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Monoline Italic

lettering homework

I am taking a lettering/calligraphy workshop at work right now. It meets once a week and requires that I do 15 minutes of practice everyday in a journal in pencil, using the rules of college-ruled paper as a guide. In the beginning, it felt very much like elementary school all over again but as we are progressing, we can reduce the size of our characters so hopefully this week will not feel like I should be using a biggie crayon.

For the pencils nerds, I am using a college-ruled composition notebook because it lays flat when opened which is good for a lefty. Initially, the instructor requested that we use a large lead mechanical pencil so she gave me a 0.9mm lead mechanical pencil (Foray brand).

P.S. One of the other artists taking the lettering workshop is a super talented calligrapher and fellow pen nerd. We had matching pen caddies and a pretty similar collection of JetPens merch.

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Monday Lettering Practice


Today, I worked with my new Mitchell left-handed nib (size 6). I ordered a full set of Mitchell lefty nibs (which I requested include the reservoirs which don’t fit at all and I’ve been meaning to contact John Neal to ask what happened) as well as a full set of Brause left-handed nibs which have reservoirs that fit but are considerably stiffer nibs.

I do have a lot more control of line thickness with the lefty nibs so I’ll continue to experiment with them over the next couple of weeks.

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Lettering practice

Madeline gave me a cool vintage nib holder (printed with “City National Bank & Trust Co. 18th & Grand Ave. Kansas City, MO”) for Christmas and while I was waiting for my computer to behave, I did a little practice. The nib is stuck in the holder so all I can read engraved on it is “717”. Its a pretty stiff nib. It was basically unused so I should get quite a bit of mileage out of it before I have to destroy the nib to get it out of the holder. I’ll post photos of the actual nib holder on Flickr.

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