A Nice Relaxing Day at Beastie Towers

Being out and about is all well and good, but sometimes you just want to enjoy the quiet life! And as someone who has always been a fan of more… um… sedentary activities – just ask anyone who has ever tried to get me to run anywhere, or play sports for “fun” – it was only a matter of time before I started sharing my favourite pastimes with my ever-growing Beastie family!

Here, let me introduce you to my latest batch of Hobby Beasties…
Knitter Beastie, by CrawCrafts BeastiesFirst up – well, no surprises here! It’s always nice to have a Knitter Beastie around, even if they do dip into my yarn stash every once in a while.

What are you working on there, Knitter Beastie?
Knitter Beastie's Latest Project - CrawCrafts Beasties“Hmmmm… I think this might become a toasty winter sweater!”

Much as I love to knit, there is one other hobby that I really go out of my way to make time for…
A New Reader Beastie - CrawCrafts Beasties…READING!

I’ve been a bookworm for as long as I can remember. I even loved books before I learned how to read them, a quirk which my parents used to make my earliest mealtimes go a little more smoothly. As I pawed through my book of animal pictures, wide-eyed and open-mouthed, I barely even noticed that I was surreptitiously being fed at the same time!

So of course, the first Beastie accessory I ever made was a little felt book…

Bookworm Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties
Not the first one, but definitely an early one!

…and you’ll usually find a Reader Beastie hanging out in the gang on my market stall!

I also have endless fun coming up with titles for their books… Regular visitors to the BeastieBlog will know that these titles have to be a pun that references monsters, yarn or craft, so this latest Beastie is reading “The Purl”!
Reader Beastie's Book - CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd here are some other classics from the Beastie Towers Library!
Beastie Library, by CrawCrafts BeastiesHow do you like to spend your down time? Let us know in the comments!

33 thoughts on “A Nice Relaxing Day at Beastie Towers

  1. I love these adorable beasties. I always think your accessories are so clever and the way each beastie is personalised and made individual.

    My hobbies are art, reading, family history, photography, and movie watching. Having typed that list out I would be curious to know if you had ever made a beastie with each of those hobbies.

    1. Thank you, Laura! Dreaming up new accessories is half the fun of being a monster maker. 😀 As for your list, I’ve done 2/5… I’m actually surprised I’ve never made a photographer, and movie titles would allow me to plum new depths of awful puns! Definitely something for me to work with there… A Family History Beastie might be a tricky one, although Explorer Beastie does enjoy a good nosey around a graveyard, if that counts? And here’s a blast from the past – Artist Girl Beastie, from a couple of years ago!
      https://crawcraftsbeasties.com/2015/01/14/oh-i-almost-forgot/

        1. Hooray! I’m going to award myself an extra half point for that one, then… I knew my interest in poking around graveyards would come in handy someday! Thanks for checking out Artist Girl Beastie as well… I’m thinking of starting to revisit some of my earlier Beasties, so that newcomers to the BeastieBlog can meet them!

  2. I love to read too (and should do it more…)! And I do consider it ‘down time’ to take walks and listen to music. And I think down time can be a good kind of an adventure too!

  3. I so need a day of doing nothing but reading! And being fed while I read. Oh wait, I will be getting just that soon enough as I while away nine+ hours on an airplane – careful what you wish for, right?!

    1. Ha! So true! My last long-haul flight made me realise that even knitting and binge-watching Game of Thrones can be made less enjoyable when you’re in a metal tube a couple of thousand feet off the ground!

        1. Yes, planes really have lost their lustre. Aaah, if only I’d lived through the golden age of air travel! Sure, the square portholes back then had a tendency to pop out at altitude, but the stylish interiors, ample legroom and cocktails served in glasses rather than plastic cups go a long way to offset that!

  4. Love the Reader Beastie. Outside of travel, reading is my number one favorite activity, especially when focused around a trip. Right now I am immersed in Russian history, biography and culture preparing for my next adventure!

    1. Wow, enjoy! Russia is fascinating… I was only there for a couple of days, but I really wish I could have stayed longer. If you haven’t already, grab yourself a copy of “Imperium” by Ryszard Kapuscinski… It’s a really interesting account of his travels in the former Soviet Union. There’s such a wealth of excellent Russian literature out there, though… Happy reading!

  5. Knitting beastie and reader beastie are pretty much my best friends, too. Maybe a baker beastie would be a nice addition? … all the other beasties would love him/her since she/he could provide some treats every now and then. Oh and I volunteer to model for cake devouring beastie.

    1. Oooh, I did a Baker Girl Beastie last year as a commission for someone… I might have to feature her in my next Flashback Friday! And yes, I’ll definitely need a model for Cake Devouring Beastie… I’d take on the task myself, but it’s pretty tricky to knit and eat cake at the same time! Then again, maybe I just need more practice… 😉

  6. lol. Feeding you with the book is a cute trick! I also love books so I’m so happy so many of your beasties are readers. I like the title puns too. Perhaps for Halloween you can have a Frankenskien? 🙂

  7. Yes to knitting Beastie! Did you actually knit the little jumper using the felted needles? So clever! I think you have summed up my downtime with these Beasties too, especially if a Wine Drinking Beastie was added to the mix 😉

    1. Heehee! You weren’t the only one who put in a vote for a Wine Beastie! I might need to look into making more of those! I should also confess that I did the cast on and first couple of rows of Knitting Beastie’s jumper on human-sized metal needles before transferring them over to the felt ones… I figured he’d be grateful for the head-start 😃

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