Monday, January 15, 2018

MLK's Words in Yarn

This has become a tradition on "L.A. Is My Beat."  For the past seven years I have been featuring Suzanne's MLK sweater on my blog in honor of the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. I will repeat  again this year because I'm so in love with this idea and in awe of Suzanne's mad skills. 
Suzanne's Sweater honoring the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.
The sweater pattern is from "Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines."  The name of this sweater is "Margaret," designed for the book by Mary Neal Meador.  The instructions state that the sweater may be embellished after knitting with chain stitched quotations of the knitter’s choice.  The sweater in the book has poetry added to the front and back. 
When I saw Suzanne's ("owlknits") sweater, I was touched by the words she chose.  This is from Suzanne's project page on Ravelry: 
I knit this sweater for a local art exhibition that was organized to honor the ideas of Martin Luther King, Jr.  I used quotes from his “I have a dream…” speech to embroider on the front and back of the sweater: Front: Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. Back: The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the day of justice emerges.

I am still blown away by Suzanne's sweater and her choice of quotations.  One day I will make such a sweater for myself.  Bravo!  Excellent work, Suzanne, honoring an eloquent man and his ideas! 

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Happy Birthday Larry!

Happy Birthday Party Boy!

Today is Larry's happy birthday! This afternoon we're going to the movies, topped off with a delicious dinner at Musso and Frank's in the heart of Hollywood! They serve the BEST martinis!
Larry is not on social media, but I have been receiving birthday wishes for him since yesterday! ALL of your friends wish you a very happy birthday, my Sweetie!
Larry's friends gathered to wish him a happy birthday!
We will have many more opportunities over the weekend to celebrate Larry with parties, brunches, dinners and more. I look forward to marking this day with you, my Love!
From 1991 to today, you're still goofy and adorable!

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

New Year. New Projects.

I have a few yarny projects hanging around from 2017 that I will finish soon. I am, however, already thinking about some new directions in yarny holiday ornaments for December 2018! How cute are these?
How adorable would a STRAWBERRY look hanging from a tree branch?

Elf Christmas Rag Doll

Stjärna is such an elegant star!

In the meantime, I'm working on a baby afghan for my Cousin Myrna's great-grandchild; just finishing up another Belle Epoque shawl; and working on a top-down cardigan with a Fair Isle look. I call it my "fake" isle!

Ellen's "Fake" Isle Cardigan
What are you working on in 2018?

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Monday, January 08, 2018

Morning at the Museum

Ballet costumes by artist, Marc Chagall

Last Saturday I had a FREE DAY! I rarely have a Saturday where I don't have some sort of lesson or appointment scheduled. I decided to visit the L.A. County Museum of Art. We live down the street from the Museum, are members and don't visit nearly as often as we could! It was the last weekend of the Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage. I've always loved Chagall's artwork. 
I was pleasantly surprised by the fluidity and inventiveness for these ballet costumes. Most of the costumes were from the 1940's, except for the 1967 production of the "Magic Flute." 
Costumes for "The Magic Flute" by Chagall

I'm getting some excellent ideas for next year's Stitch 'n Witch costume extravaganza!

Another exhibit in the Resnick Pavillion at LACMA is "Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915-1985.  This is part of the "Pacific Standard Time LA/LA," a city-wide exhibit discussing the collaboration and co-mingling of art from Los Angeles and Mexico. We are in very close proximity to Mexico (in fact California was part of Mexico in the past) and have been sharing artistic ideas for centuries! This is an excellent exhibit detailing all sorts of design movements in architecture, advertising, fashion, the applied arts and more.

Vintage travel poster by David Klein, showing Mexico's influence. Visit the San Juan Capistrano Mission!
Dishes by Mexican Modernist, Jose Pepe Mendoza, brass and malachite
Flossie doll, 1961 and Esmeralda doll, 1964 by Marilyn Neuhart, influenced by Mexican Folk Art
My beloved "Hollyhock" (cement and sand), designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Aline Barnsdall's Hollyhock House at Banrsdall Art Park

This exhibit runs through April 2018. I urge you to see it. It's small, but packs a punch!
On my way out of the Museum, I passed by "Urban Light," the lamp post installation by Chris Burden. This is a genuine landmark in Los Angeles now. Of course, I had to take a photo of a girl posing in her quinceañera gown for photos!

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Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Century City, More than 50 Years Later

Century City Mall, 1966. Herald Examiner Photo Collection

I decided to extend my holiday vacation by one day and not go back to work until Wednesday. On Tuesday, Larry and I drove to my childhood mall, Century Square Shopping Center. Century City, full of offices buildings, a hotel and my beloved mall was carved out of the back lot at 20th Century-Fox Studios. The carving started in the late 1950s when the Studio sold their back lot to Alcoa for real estate development. I grew up about 4 blocks away, near Roxbury Park. One day one of my girlfriends said, "Hey, let's ride our bikes over to Century City!" I said, "Where's that?" We proceeded to ride up and down the old studio streets, now under construction while we picked up a few nickle slugs along the way. 
Once I was in high school, next door to Century City, the mall was in full operation. I spent a good part of my youth in the shops and restaurants there. Of course, I've seen many changes over the past few decades...expansion, new stores, etc., but nothing prepared me for the total change of the NEW Century City Mall!
Before it was Gelson's, Mayfair Market was at the bottom of the ramp
Just up the ramp from the supermarket, we even had a cool, modern Clifton's Cafeteria

A few of the original office buildings have been torn down for the expansion. The mall is unrecognizable from just a couple of years ago. I must say, it is gorgeous and has really kept up with the times. HOWEVER, there are so many high-end stores, that I find it difficult to even shop there.
The large, new outdoor gathering area at the mall, suitable for live entertainment

The outdoor areas are stunning, with new gathering places, beautiful furniture and spectacular terrazzo and tile work.

We were most interested to check out Eataly, the new Italian marketplace with multiple restaurants. I must say, it was an impressive array of Italian food products. Anything you could possibly require to cook an Italian meal is available.
Eataly is just above Macy's on the north/eastern edge of the Mall
All Italian food products are available!

There are a few booths with guys pulling fresh mozzarella cheese, lots of fresh bread makers, butchers and more. There are also some nice restaurants as well as pizza stands, etc. I've heard that a few more restaurants will be opening on the upper level.
After touring Eataly, we walked over to the exact opposite corner of the Mall where the AMC Theaters are located. We checked out the food court which has been updated and improved. The Mall is huge! It is a dining and entertainment destination.
I miss Judy's, Joseph Magnin's and The Broadway. Sigh.

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Tuesday, January 02, 2018

New Year's Day

Traditionally, on New Year's Day, after watching the Rose Parade and having a late breakfast, Larry and I try to visit a park, the beach or some bit of nature in the City. This year, Larry chose to visit the South Coast Botanic Garden in Rancho Palos Verdes. Neither of us had been there.
The sun was in and out of the clouds, so it was a perfect day for some heavy walking. The Garden is lovely. It's rather large. We walked the perimeter and stopped in at a few of the specific gardens. Of course, my favorite was the Children's Discovery Garden. It was filled with broken down storybook characters and small scale houses. So cute!
I believe this is Little Bo Peep, wrangling her sheep!

It's those careless kittens who have lost their mittens
Miss Muffet. Apparently a Tuffet is a pumpkin!

We also toured the dry lake, the banyan trees, the cactus garden and stopped in the patio to hear an annoying d.j. 

Happy New Year, 2018!

The gift shop and nursery are small, but filled with interesting items.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Christmas Day Brunch

It is traditional in my family to have brunch on Christmas Day. Even though we don't really celebrate Christmas (Chanukah is our holiday), but everyone has the day off from work, kids are on vacation from school and it seems like a perfect day to get together. In the old days, my parents would host my Mom's family for brunch or dinner on this day. I have continued this tradition, but in a much smaller way. Larry and I host Mom, good friends Rhoda, Audrey and Jeff.
We still serve our usual bagels, lox, white fish salad, etc. for brunch, along with gifties for everyone. It's a very fun afternoon. Thank you all for participating AND thanks to Audrey for bringing that delicious fruit salad and to Rhoda for bringing the most delicious rugulah from Diamond Bakery!
Jeff, Audrey, Larry, Rhoda and Roz

Larry's Namesake Novel
We all gave different gifties to each other. I LOVE all mine! Thank you everyone. Larry gifted me with the latest cooking craze, an InstatPot. I have to do much research, but I think I might like this appliance. I'd better like it, it takes up tons of room on our counter!!
Our newest appliance, the InstantPot

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Happy Holidays 2017

This is our official holiday card for 2017. Larry and I both have collections of S T U F F. This is part of our doll collection...our little family. Happy Holidays everyone!

Click on photo to see our "family"
Back row, L-R: Santa, Santa, Santa, Santa, Santa. Middle Row L-R: Billy Baloney, Bubblehead Barbie, Ellen, Larry, Ponytail Barbie, Little Rickey. Front Row: Hody!

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