Hello there, pencil family! Since I've been spending more time at home recently, I've had some time to do some deep cleaning and organization. While doing this, I found a few analog collections I have that I thought you might want to look at too. Hope you enjoy!
Here's part of my paper clip collection. I'm not sure when I started collecting these, but at some point I started making a point of finding interesting ones, especially when traveling. Did you know that different countries have subtle variations in even the "standard" paper clip shape? Some of the them are pointed where others are rounded, sometimes there's a little upturned lip on the end to make it easier to slide pages in between. You might be able to recognize some of these from our Pencil Box subscription, too!
I also have a thing for rulers--I think probably from years of underlining textbooks with rulers. Some highlights from this collection are my mom's 12" wooden ruler, the Shinkansen ruler a train conductor gave me in Japan, and the Harris Teeter ruler from my hometown in North Carolina (any other Harris Teeter fans out there? Shout out to the free sugar cookies!). The Sivo ruler is great because it truly is flexible. It's also sold by the same company that makes Nataraj and Apsara pencils!
I was lucky enough to inherit my Grandma's knitting needle collection. This is just part of it. She mostly had plastic and metal needles, and I love looking at all the vintage colors they came in. My Grandma also sewed herself a handy knitting needle organizer. My new cat, Rosie, helped me photograph it for you:
Each slot is labeled with the needle size. Those are some of her gauge swatches, too. One of my favorite things about her knitting collection is this handy device:
It's a ruler, a gauge measure, and a needle-sizer all in one!
And as a final bonus, here's a photo of my box of 96 Crayola crayons, organized by color:
Do you have a favorite crayon color?
I hope these collections brought you a little bit of joy, as they do me. Do you have any analog collections? I'd love to hear about them!