Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Things We Collect

Fair warning—no knitting content.  It’s been so wild and wooly around here that there has been very little knitting or anything else blog worthy.  So I’m winging it today with some talk about collections.  Do you collect anything?  

From my teen years till today I have rescued worn and broken pens.  My current collection has changed to include antiques and quality writing instruments.  I’ve used fountain pens since I was in high school—it was the curse of my teachers’ lives.  They complained that the ink smeared and had to be handled carefully.   Some of them even refused to let me use a fountain pen.  That was hard because using a pencil was like punishment to me, however, I’ve mellowed a bit over the years and have added a few good pencils to my collection.

My children all know and understand my passion for quality pens and have gifted me with pens, stands and cases for them over the years.   
The three-pen stand was from Fireman son at Christmas.  It is for the three pens that I use daily.  They are all gifts that touched my heart because they are so perfect for me.  On the bottom slot is a Waterman Carene Blue Pearl pen with a medium 24 carat nib, a gift from my cohorts in crime, Linda and Debbie.  The middle pen is a Parker Black Lacquer Sonnet with a broad nib, a gift from my sweet husband, and on top is a Parker Classic, custom made for me with an extra wide nib, a gift from my boss in Chicago.  I usually reach for the Parker Classic in place of a Sharpie. 

My favorite of all the writing instruments I own would be the black lacquer Sonnet—second in the rack.  The oldest is the tortoise shell pencil in the middle of the case.  The pencil has a provenance of 130 years old.  Note: The earliest mechanical pencil was found aboard the wreckage of the HMS Pandora, which sank in 1791.

Thanks for indulging my discussion of my passion for pens.  I have more than I’ve shown so I could go on discussing them for a l-o-o-o-o-n-g time.  Lucky you, I’m stopping!  I would love to hear about things you collect!
Life is good.




kathy b said...

Katherine...ALWAYS interestedin you life, your loves and your family .
What a cool collection! My sister and I love a good pen, but we don't collect per say.
I like that this collection of yours does not take up much space. Many collections seem to overrun a home.
The tortoise shell pencil is just too cool. !!!!

I currently only collect yarn. and cats.
In the past I'v ecollected hearts and wedding cake toppers. The poor couples kept falling from the shelf I put them on .....and I declare the divorced. The cake topper couples are not as hard to find as before, but they are very very fragile.

I hope to add to my yarn collection today if I can bravely get out and get to the knit shop by myself this afternoon.

Tired Teacher said...

I haven't thought about fountain pens in years. I remember filling them from a jar of ink. I think I have a clean ink jar somewhere in my stuff. I've never had a high quality pen, my index and forefingers always had ink stains. I do have a beaded shell for a pen that a student gave me several years ago.

I have a collection of pins - I wore a different pin to school everyday. Some are wild and crazy; others, more subdued.

elns said...

Wow. i love knowing this about you. What a unique collection and interest. Thank you for sharing.

Judy S. said...

Fun post, Katherine. I have collected tea cups and also candle holders, the Wee Willie Winkie kind, over the years along with lots (too much) of yarn, but now I am trying to be good. Haven't bought any yarn this year. I just read an article about how hard it is to downsize, and that is something we need to start doing.... Incidentally, I think of you every time I use that little box of knitting goodies you sent. Thanks again, I love it.