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Question #58758 posted on 08/08/2010 7:09 p.m.

Dear masters of the universe (or any readers who may know the answer to this question),

I ordered a "stole of gratitude" to wear next week for graduation. Apparently, you are supposed to write a nice message on the back and give it to the person who you want to thank for help throughout school.

I talked to Herff Jones and they can't give me a straight answer about what type of pen/marker to use to write on the back of the stole with. I'm worried that it will "leak through" to the front. Any suggestions on what to use?

Also, when do I give the stole away? Do I wear it for commencement on Thursday and my convocation on Friday and give it away after the convocation?

Thanks for your help!

- Going, going, gone.


Dear Gone,

I checked a few arts-and-crafts stores which all recommended the same product: Pigma Micron pens.  Fabric.com's description of these fancy schmancy pens said:

A fine point drawing and writing pen offering a waterproof, quick-dryi ng pigment ink. The Micron pen will not clog or dry out, unlike most technical pens. Pigma Micron will not feather or bleed through even the thinnest papers and is smear-proof once it has dried. The pigment in the ink remains colorful and will not "spread" when applied. Fadeproof against sunlight or UV light. Pigma ink is permanent and washable on cotton fabrics. Tips for using on fabric: Heat set after drying overnight, test on a scrap of fabric for washability.

My buddies who did the whole stole-of-gratuity deal wore it for both ceremonies and gave theirs away after convocation.  Congrats on your upcoming graduation!

- Hypatia