Yesterday, for the first time in Asheville, we went to the movies. Stephanie had been wanting to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and that spectacle should be seen on a big screen.

I put together my bag of movie knitting and we headed downtown to the Grail Moviehouse. This small cinema is tucked into the back corner of a multi-use building on French Broad Avenue in downtown Asheville. We parked behind the building and walked up sooooo many stairs to get to the street level. On our way, we passed the Asheville School of Film and Hopey & Co. grocery store, both interesting little finds.

At the end of a long hallway, we got our tickets from a friendly lady at the booth and then stopped at the concession stand for a locally brewed Noble Tart Cherry cider before heading into the theater. At 4pm on a Tuesday, we were two of six. As we walked in to find our seats, a trailer for It’s a Wonderful Life was showing.

Yep. This is definitely our kind of place.  I expect that Wednesday’s Bad Movie night and any weekend evening would be packed, but a midweek matinee is our introverted jam.

An eclectic mix of trailers accompanied our settling in. Along with Frank Capra, we also were treated to a preview of Kong: Skull Island and The Eagle Huntress.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them did not disappoint as a JK Rowling spectacle.  We whooshed our way through the solid story with its amazing special effects.  The beasts were indeed fantastic, humorous, beautiful, and terrifying at the same time.  The villain suitably horrified while we simultaneously sympathized and feared the monster.  My favorite thing about JK Rowling’s work is how she doesn’t pull back from the creepy and dark and dangerous parts of her stories.  In this movie, the dark seduction of a young man by an older powerful wizard and the rag-doll effect of the monster’s victims being flung through the air particularly stood out as bits where I felt other family filmmakers would shy away.  Combined with a few heartfelt tears, a few giggles, and a flurry of action sequences, mostly this movie was a fun romp through the American world of Rowling’s wizarding universe.

I pulled out my knitting, found my place, and Crafty Santa hit her stride. I finished off the second sock for Eric except for the kitchener (unfortunately, I still have to pull out the toe and extend the first sock by another inch, so those socks aren’t finished yet. I hope I have enough yarn!). I also pulled out a design I’m starting with the yummy yarn from Echoview (which is inches of plain stockinette interrupted by a three-color stitch pattern) and worked on the stockinette section.

Movie Knitting

Eventually, Stephanie reached over and grabbed one of my hands. “Do you mind not knitting for a little while?”

We spent the rest of the movie leaning against each other, holding hands.

I love going to the movies.

(Also, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a little over three inches long.)

Don’t forget! Today is the last day of the sale for the Indie Gift-A-Long – 25% off selected patterns from over 335 designers! I’m making my final choices today, and then Crafty Santa is really on her way to making ten presents for ten lucky little kids while participating in the KALs for hats (and hopefully at least one accessory!). You can find my participating patterns here, and my Pinterest board of my favorites here. Have fun!