Friday, January 17, 2014

20 Years Later - The Northridge Quake: My Story

I was nine years old when it happened.
It was 4:31am.
I felt a wild rumbling from my humble apartment in South Central Los Angeles, followed by my mother running in my room and covering me on the bed to shield me from any potential damage.
The only thing broken in our home was a large mirror that toppled over from the quake.
Soon after the quake, there was a blackout throughout L.A.
Everything else happened in a blur.  All I remember afterward was going downstairs in our building to a neighbor's apartment and talking with him and another family.  About of couple of hours later, the power was restored.
I may not have lived in Northridge, but my heart goes out to the people whose relatives and friends fell victim to this massive earthquake.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

More Tams...And a Trip to Long Beach

One of my favorite places to go is the city of Long Beach, simply a train ride away.  What I like about it is a sense of familiarity, sort of like never leaving L.A.
On a side note, I scored some yarn for a few Washingtons from a lady I looked up on Craigslist.  Luckily I didn't have to travel far since she was in the Playa Del Rey/Westchester area.
Here are my latest hats...
Medium Rasta Tam with some bulky yarn - purchased by a sistah from Leimert Park
Slouchy Tam with red cotton and some variegated blended yarn
Bulky-stranded Forest-themed Tam
Bulky-stranded Sugar 'n' Spice Tam

Sunday, January 5, 2014

A Rather Hot Winter And a Random Thought

Lately it's been a tad on the hot side in L.A. this winter, but nobody's complaining.  Los Angeles is praised (sometimes) for its year-round beach weather.  However, it still gets a little frigid at night.
On a side note, my Etsy store has been dormant for some time and it's due for a wake-up call.  I've just been way lazy in operating the shop.  Laziness breeds stagnation, so I need to get off my butt and open that store.  Business in Long Beach, Hollywood, and Little Ethiopia has also been a bit dry for the time being, but I'm gonna keep on pushin' like the Impressions.
On that subject, here are some crowns I have on display: two just recently made and one that's been given a new life.


Friday, January 3, 2014

New Hats For 2014

Well, some bad news...the Kwanzaa fashion show was a flop.  Some designers cancelled out and we couldn't get any models, so our efforts (and my $25 for a booth) were wasted.  Good thing I still have connections to get my crowns out there, though...
Here are my most recently completed tams...