On This Halloween Night

1) First and foremost, Happy Halloween to everyone!

2) This is my first proper adult Halloween – I came home from work, turned on my porch light, and got ready to hand out candy without being jealous that I couldn’t participate in gathering goodies by running door-to-door in full regalia.

3) This is one of the few nights of the year I wish I only grew to be 5′ tall as an adult, so I could put on a costume and participate with no one being the wiser.

4) Once all of the candy is gone (or I feel like there is an acceptable amount left over for me), I’ll be wrapping up the Artson baby blanket so it can be ready to block over the weekend. About 30 yards of knitting stand in the way – why do these last few stitches always take F.O.R.E.V.E.R.?

5) Outside of the typical Thursday night television line-up, Practical Magic will be viewed tonight in order to mark Halloween properly.

6) Practical Magic is easily the most perfect movie ever made – the Owens sisters are fabulously played by Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. If you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out.

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7) If you haven’t read the book by Alice Hoffman, you’re also missing out – it’s one of the few instances where I’ve loved both the author’s and the screenplay writer’s point of view, embracing (rather and abhorring) the discrepancies that usually happen when novels are translated to the big screen.

8) The house featured in the film was just a shell built for the movie and torn down promptly when filming wrapped; that makes me sad. You can purchase the blueprints for it online – to my knowledge, no one has built a replica of the home. If I can pull this off during my lifetime, I could die happily (I could possibly settle for recreating the kitchen and dinning room).

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9) The only thing getting in the way of #8 is the desire to spend my retirement in my own yarn shop.

10. Vogue Knitting Live! starts tomorrow. One of my favorite nights of the year immediately followed by one of my favorite weekends? If only life was consistently so perfectly magical.

 

About Hunter Liam

Hunter's grandmother had him making buttons and threading her sewing machine at the age of three. Ever since then, he's been obsessed with making things with his hands as a form of creative expression.Knitter, spinner, designer, writer, photographer, dancer . . . or just a creative soul with ADD.

Like, So, Totally Lame

Last night was the best Saturday night I’ve had in a long time – I sat in my hotel room at the Beverly Hilton and knitted away on my scarf. I did this while sipping on some reasonably priced drinks from the mini bar and ordering three horribly expensive movies.

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The only break I took throughout the night (in-between Percy Jackson and the Sea Monsters and Despicable Me 2) was to take a long soak in a too-small-for-me tub while listening to an amazing iTunes playlist and taking in a few chapters of Casual Vacancy.

After running out of money for the mini bar expenses far too quickly, I turned off my lamp, sprawled out onto the bed, and fell asleep fast asleep (thank you, vodka).

I work up this morning refreshed and ready to go, taking my knitting down to the lobby before to enjoy a wonderful coffee, make a few phone calls, and get back up stairs to get dressed.

I managed to steal the afternoon to do some touristy things, and took a trip down to Santa Monica to visit Wildfiber.

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This LYS was fantastic! There were three employees there (and I assume an owner) who were very friendly and helpful. They had just gotten a new shipment of a brand new yarn (part seacell, part silk, part wool) one woman in particular was particularly excited about sharing with each customer that walked in.

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When I arrived, there were at least a dozen people in there, some regulars, some visitors, so the energy was just great. I was slightly overwhelmed with all of the offerings, and only walked away with an extra skein of the Queensland Rustic Tweed I need to finish Beck, but I was very, very tempted to run up a crazy charge on my credit card in order to take some beautiful and very soft yak-down yarn that would have made a super luxe cowl.

I decided to be practical, since Vogue Knitting Live! is in a couple of short weeks, but man, it was difficult.

I returned to my hotel and jumped into work-from-the-road mode. The next few days should blend well together, and it looks like the next time I’ll get some more knitting time in will be on the plane ride home, but this was certainly a really fun experience.

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Oh, and sorry for the awful pictures. Camera battery = dead so I had to resort to utilizing my cell phone.

 

About Hunter Liam

Hunter's grandmother had him making buttons and threading her sewing machine at the age of three. Ever since then, he's been obsessed with making things with his hands as a form of creative expression.Knitter, spinner, designer, writer, photographer, dancer . . . or just a creative soul with ADD.

On The Way . . .

So after a couple of really crazy weeks with limited personal (i.e. knitting) time, I’m finally on my way to LA to enjoy the solace of five hours forcefully isolated from society.  To me, in a world where we are constantly connected, there’s nothing better than having a built-in excuse to not return a phone call, text message, or email for a brief moment of my day.

Without the tether of technology, I can keep my hands busy in a much for organic way: knitting single stitch after single stitch to create a piece of fabric; there’s no rush, just a quiet rhythm, while I mindlessly watch a movie I couldn’t argue Mr. Joseph into watching with me on my most perfectly behaved day. As much as I love my life, I am looking forward to a window of tranquil crafting (while hurdling through the through the air in a metal tube at 500 MPH – how odd) before touching down at LAX and hitting the ground running for what promises to be an eventful working weekend.

Eventually I’ll have to grab some WiFi to provide an update, but for now it’s just me, a fabulous indie film with Julianne Moore, and a scarf I decided to keep me company this weekend.

I’ll see you soon, West coast!

PS – The picture above is from the inside of Virgin America’s plane right before we took off – how cool is that?!

 

About Hunter Liam

Hunter's grandmother had him making buttons and threading her sewing machine at the age of three. Ever since then, he's been obsessed with making things with his hands as a form of creative expression.Knitter, spinner, designer, writer, photographer, dancer . . . or just a creative soul with ADD.