My Craft Fair Stall - CrawCrafts Beasties
Today, I’m letting someone else do the driving.

Anyone who has been reading this blog for a while has probably noticed a pattern to what I post… especially in the last couple of months, since I’ve started posting twice a week. If you read my Tuesday post, you’ll usually find you’re being introduced to a new Beastie, while Friday is reserved for tales of Beastie adventures in the wider world, beyond the confines of Beastie Towers. However, taking the Blogging 101 course has meant that I’ve had the opportunity to pop in a couple of extra posts… and today I’m venturing even further outside my comfortable routine, by allowing them to dictate the content as well!

So today’s post is based on The Daily Post’s daily prompt, “First!“. I still wanted to keep things vaguely Beastie-related, so that’s why I chose this one, rather than talking about my love of F1 racing (“Fandom“), sharing the music I like through a playlist that sums up my life (“Mix Tape“) or inventing my own holiday, and telling you all why you should celebrate it (“Festivus for the Rest of Us“). However, if any of you are interested in this stuff, let me know in the comments and I’ll reconsider…

Anyway, let’s travel back in time a couple of years, and talk about my first day at the first market the Beasties and I went to together.
Craft Fair Stall - CrawCrafts Beasties
I heard about this market through a friend, and it seemed like a good choice for my first attempt – a 2-day event held not too far from home, with a manageable-sized downpayment on the table. So, I set about making more Beasties than I had ever made before!
Beastie Mum & Baby - CrawCrafts BeastiesPunk Beastie, by CrawCrafts BeastiesI even made some minature Beastie Christmas decorations…
Christmas Decorations - CrawCrafts Beasties
I took some time to photograph my work, and it was around this time that I set up the BeastieBlog! But my work rate was slow – at that time, I was still cutting out all the Beasties’ eyes by hand. That means I cut out squares of black and white felt, and trimmed them until I had two identically-sized circles… Looking back, I don’t know how I had the patience!

In the days leading up to the market, there were some fun times buying accessories to decorate my stall, and some less enjoyable experiences – trying to choose prices was a particularly irksome task, and one which I still don’t enjoy! But at last, market day dawned and I set off with my bag of monsters and a pocket full of change. I was wavering between excitement and nervousness the whole way there – what if I hadn’t made enough? What if I’d made too much? What if I sat there all day and no-one even looked at my table? This continued for about the first hour, until I sent the first of my Beasties off to a new home…
Vampire Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties
After that, I relaxed… and things just got easier! I got to know my fellow stallholders and their families, and I had a great time watching other people interact with the Beasties. This was the first time I had ever had the chance to see how kids respond to them, and I really enjoyed watching my creations walk across the table, dance and talk to each other!

By the end of the first day, more than half of the Beasties had gone home with their new families! Even now, I still get a boost thinking about it… and back then, this was massive. I had just quit a stable 9-5 job to move back to Dublin, and when I had told people that one of the main things I hoped to do post-move was to make little knitted monsters, I think more than a few of them questioned my sanity! To have my first market experience go so well really made me feel like I was on the right track, and gave me the confidence to keep on going. Yes, it was scary… but firsts always are. And I certainly didn’t have a fault-free first round – despite my agonising over prices, more than one person told me I’d gone far too low. Still, I learned so much, and made friends I’m still in touch with today!

Has anyone else a First Day story they’d like to share? Let me know in the comments!

10 thoughts on “First!

  1. I love the miniature deco beasties! Are you going to make them again? I am a bit of a grinch but they are too cute. Tbh, they’d probably hang in the window year round 🙂

    Not a first, but I’ve read stories to people for the first time in ages on Saturday. It was incredibly nervous beforehand even though I was pretty certain they wouldn’t throw rotten eggs at me.

    I’m not surprised you sold so many Beasties that first time – they look adorable in the pictures, I bet they are irresistible in person.

    1. Thanks! Minibeasties are sweet, but I make them to the same pattern as my regular-sized ones (the shrinking effect comes from using smaller needles and finer yarn) so they take the same amount of time to make! This year, I’ll probably make more regular-sized Santa Beasties, Christmas Fairy Beasties, and ones with scarves, woolly hats and Christmas presents as my seasonal treats! And congratulations on your reading, it takes guts to stand up in front of people and share your own creations 😀

  2. Wow, I love your beasties! They are soooo cute and original!! I like how you incorporated the Blogging 101 course to your writing. I’m in the course as well, but haven’t been able to keep up! I enjoyed reading this and look forward to reading more! Good stuff!

    1. Thanks for your comment! I have to admit, this assignment was one of the trickier ones… I must have rejected about 20 other prompts before I found this one! The course has been fun, but there has been a lot of work with it… My blog has been my life these last couple of weeks! 😀 Look forward to reading more of your travels!

  3. Dear Helen,

    You said you were going to publish one today in afternoon but it’s already here, maybe I missed something. I loved reading this story. Do you feel sad when Beasties go away from you? I mean being their mom and all? It’s true that a girl has to make a living but even then? I feel you also feel good that others get happy by looking at them and kids play with them( I feel I should leave something for you to say lol 😛 )

    Dublin has such a music about it–honestly I know next to nothing about it–but the name has a music. I am not sure but was James Joyce from Dublin or his novel “Ulysses” was based on Dublin in background?

    You are very thorough in what you do. And I hope you get all the success you wish for. Would you mind a few more awards coming your way? Maybe they would be repetitions of the ones you’ve already received—let’s wait and consolidated.

    Have a wonderful time Helen,

    Anand 🙂

    1. Hey Anand,
      You probably figured this out already, but the new post has landed! As for this one, well… I do feel a little bit sad when a Beastie heads off into the sunset, but since I usually have a good bit of interaction with the people who adopt them, I’m sure that they’re going to good homes. And you’re right, James Joyce was Irish, and Ulysses is indeed set here in Dublin. The events of the book take place over the course of a single day, June 16th, and every year on this day there are commemorative events all around the city!
      Awards-wise, I’ll probably welcome a few more in a while… Just not immediately! 😀
      Hope you’re having a good day 😃

      1. Dear Helen,
        Thanks for your response–would love to check out new article. 🙂
        You might have seen I nominated you for another word. Did you?
        I was right about Ulysses then. You must have read it? I have heard so much about it but couldn’t read as I lack patience for fiction–though I love movies as they’re quite easy.

        Have a nice after noon.
        Anand 🙂

        1. Oh, I didn’t actually! I’ll go and have a look now… I’m going to have to start a list, I can’t keep track of all these! I have read Ulysses, but it was a few years ago… Back when I still had the time to take on serious reading challenges! It’s incredible, but Dubliners is a much more approachable book… It’s a collection of short stories, great for anyone who doesn’t want to wade through an entire novel 😃

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