Mossy Green Under The Blue Moon

Did you know that today is the Blue Moon ?  Progress on the mossy sweater pauses as I am in for a bit of a little break from knitting,  a little something non-knitting I’d like to bring to show you.   Occasionally I get all worked up in folksy crafty sorts of projects,  my latest making blackboards out of odd frames I find at thrift shops.  Here’s one of two identical, (two frames @ 25cents a piece), which I stained with espresso and sprayed with shellac , then mounted the matte-black-painted fiber-board.

my new ‘weekly menu’ board !

And the other twin,  has become my grocery shopping list . . .

A third,  which I painted red,

and which I am going to give to my girlfriend who has a birthday this month . . .

And another which is made from an old frame (50cents )

 is now in my work space of my knitting loft, reminding me of upcoming

Knitterly Things To Do. . .

And just in case I’ve made Yarnings a bit ‘ Yawnings ‘ ,  it’s time for a bedtime story.  A totally nonsensical story about a bit of  Thingsy-ness, and fairy tales with characters from the woods…

Once upon a time there was a knitter who lived in the woods.  A Woodsy Knitter.  She had a few quirky obsessions. One in particular, (besides chalk-boards, which is rather random, and not really about knitting, unless it’s about listing Knitterly Things To Do)  is related to hand-made garments and such… well , sort of.  

“Oh really? What is that?” asked Little Red Riding Hood, eyes as big as saucers, as she pulled back the hood to her red cape, and little golden locks of hair bounced around her face.

“I like to collect old wooden hangers.” Said the Woodsy Knitter, while accepting a too-hot bowl of porridge from Mama Bear.

“Oh I see.” Said Hansel, to Gretel, in a very thick German accent , with pastry crumbs falling out of his mouth as he spoke, landing on his sister.

“But now my collection has refined to the particular ones which have advertisements of old Cleaners and Dyers on them. ”  Said the Woodsy Knitter, and then added ” I just found these, only 25cents a piece, yesterday ! ”

“Oh, yes, very nice, very nice !!!” Said Gretel to Hansel, but very annoyed as she brushed crumbs off of her sleeve.

” Also other kinds of wooden hangers too, ”  said the Woodsy Knitter ” like these old beauties, and also the ones which are completely rounded. This one I found yesterday as well…odd how long the wire handle is…”

“How odd indeed ” Said the Three Piggies, all in unison !!!

And the Woodsy Knitter replied ” But now , the very  very strange thing about these advertisements stamped on them, is how I have collected them over the years, and of all the couple of dozen or so,  no two are alike . “

“Not any?” Howled the Big Bad Wolf, questioningly, and gruffly,  as his brows furrowed upon closer inspection.

“No, really, check them out ! You may have to click the photo and enlarge to notice the names, and old-as-the-hills three-digit phone numbers.  Also, most of them are from my home state of California, but not all.” Said the Woodsy Knitter

Then they all went on their merry way, into their own stories,  after looking at the Woodsy Knitter’s crafty chalkboards, mossy knitting, and wooden hangers.

The fog broke.

The sun shone through the trees in the woods,

and the Woodsy Knitter resumed with her knitting,

and they all lived happily ever after.

The End.

10 thoughts on “Mossy Green Under The Blue Moon

  1. Adore your chalkboards! I made one for T’s room before she was born… I believe it still says Welcome Home Tadpole hehehe
    Love the phone numbers on the hangers, 3 digit numbers how cool.

    • How cute about little Tadpole’s Chalkboard. I find as I become older I become more and more forgetful, so this chalkboard thing isn’t entirely for looks you know, and those silly hangers have the best of me ! I tell you, like only my *nicest* blouses get hung on the nicest’s really silly. 🙂

  2. Those two wee chalkboards are really cute. I must get you to share your espresso staining technique as the result is very appealing. I’d have feared it would have raised the grain of the wood too much and not gone deep enough to survive a light sanding before applying the finishing coats. Now as for that Mossy Green yarn, you’d think it had been grown here in Ireland. I’m always an enthusiastic follower of the results you achieve in your dye bath and again I see something rather unique has emerged. Oh and I’m definitely not yawning on Yarnings after reading the fairy tale ending to this post. I see my friend has discovered a talent for spinning a good yarn other than on her wheel. I hope we will be treated to more endings like this very soon. Loved it.

    • Thankyou Mr.CampbellScot ~ Oh, I’ll send you one of the t’wee chalkboards most definitely, for your own ‘Chopin Liszt ‘. Those little frames I used espresso on were moldy and pieces of junk stapled-together, so what’s the harm of a little espresso ? Besides, I prefer the natural look of old and weather’d, and yes, there’s always the fine sandpaper. I love sandpaper. I’m glad you liked my fairy-tale too. 🙂

  3. I love my chalkboard. Thank you, Sweety. I write my daily incentive on it. Darnit! You lucky girl. I bid on the vintage hangers and get out bid every time. I’m jealous.

    • You’re close enough to CP, why not go there on your lunch break ? I find nearly all my hangers and frames and such there ! Those antique hangers are still popping up ! I’m sooo glad you love your chalkboard. 🙂

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