Getting Around to Knit!

Well lookee here! It’s Tuesday again, and in keeping with BeastieBlog tradition, I’ve some new Beasties for you to meet today – although I think a few of you might already have caught these two little lady monsters on social media over the weekend…
Beasties for the Olann And Girls, by CrawCrafts Beasties… But this is your chance to get a proper, close-up look at them! As you can see, they are both keen knitters – and even though they’re working on quite different projects, they like nothing better than meeting up and comparing knit notes!
Monster Knitting - CrawCrafts BeastiesThis pair have gone to live with a pair of fellow enthusiasts of all things yarny – Deirdre and Lora, from Irish craft magazine Olann And!

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Deirdre thought it might be fun to have a pair of Beastie counterparts to share the work of writing and editing this quarterly magazine… So let’s meet her new monster friend first!
Deirdre Beastie, by CrawCrafts BeastiesHer favourite colour is pink, so of course Deirdre Beastie had to be pink too… and she’s working away on a rather lovely bubblegum-coloured chunky knit there as well! Also, her cosy cowl is modelled on one of Deirdre’s own recent projects…
Deirdre Beastie's Stripey Cowl, by CrawCrafts Beasties… And a quick scan of some of Olann And’s recent podcasts helped me to design her sweet little polka-dot dress!
Deirdre Beastie's Dress, by CrawCrafts BeastiesAs for Lora… Well, she’s more into her blue. As you can probably tell!
Lora Beastie, by CrawCrafts BeastiesHer new Beastie friend is also sporting miniature versions of her trademark tortoiseshell glasses and Madonna piercing!
Lora Beastie's Glasses and Lip Piercing - CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd Deirdre Beastie isn’t the only one to be wearing one of her latest knitted masterpieces! Check out Lora Beastie’s glorious cherry-red cardigan, inspired by one of human Lora’s recent makes…
Lora Beastie's Cardi - CrawCrafts BeastiesBut the best part of this project was watching Deirdre and Lora meet their Beasties for the first time… And fortunately, they caught it on camera! Here’s the link to Episode 10 of the Olann And Podcast, in case you missed it!

(For the sake of my non-crafty readers, I’ve set the video to start from the beginning of the Beastie segment. But I’d recommend my fellow knitters, sewists and crocheters to ping it back and watch the whole thing – you’ll find lots to enjoy and inspire you here!)

I can’t wait to see what yarny adventures await these two Beasties in their new homes! And be sure to tune back in next week to meet another new monster friend… In the meantime, why not check out Olann And’s latest issue? This time around, they’re featuring some awesome (and FREE!) patterns, sharing some locally-made goodies and dipping a toe into the world of embroidery – all on their spiffy new-look website!

Have a great week, everybody!

47 thoughts on “Getting Around to Knit!

  1. The chuckling in the video made me laugh too so thanks for that. These are superb. I love seeing what the beasties look like compared to the people who they twin with. Now I’d love to have a beastie version of me. I may just need to contact you about that so I can save up my pennies for a commission. πŸ˜€

    1. Yes, I think this is the first time I’ve actually shown some bespoke Beasties with their humans! And I’d LOVE to make a Beastie version of you… Just let me know when you’re ready to get started πŸ˜€

    1. Why thank you… And yes, I wanted to mix up my Beastie knitting projects, especially since Lora apparently made A LOT of socks this past winter! Plus making teeny DPNs meant that I got to try my hand at (very basic) whittling! Hope you get a chance to check out Olann And in its entirety – Deirdre and Lora really do a great job with it!

  2. I agree with those lovely ladies, everybody should have a beastie!!
    Nice and useful watching, I’m speaking for me, of course, and precisely new ideas, a lot of yarny infos and English improvement! πŸ˜€

    1. Heehee, thanks Tajana! I’m glad I was able to share something fun AND educational πŸ˜‰ And I think I actually screamed with delight when they said everybody should have a Beastie… My sentiments exactly! πŸ˜€

  3. They are so perfect I can barely tell the difference between the real people and their Beasties. Like most mammal identification, though, the dentition is the key to telling them apart. Excellent job and congrats on the shout out!!!!

    1. Hahahaaaaa! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I suppose the camera angle makes it difficult to see the extreme difference in height – I’ll just mention it now for the sake of anyone attempting Beastie identification in the field. Thanks for stopping by πŸ˜€

      1. I think for proper identification from photos you’re going to need to place rulers next to the specimens! Rulers as in the things with inches and centimeters in them, not rulers as in Queen Elizabeth…not sure if she would go for that.

        1. You never know… I reckon she’s been secretly wanting her own Beastie for years, and to feature in an exclusive BeastieBlog photoshoot when her monster is finished! She just hasn’t had the time to get in touch with me to ask, that’s all.

  4. How fun to see the Beasties with their people versions. πŸ™‚ All the details and colours are just splendid – the likenesses are striking (right down to the tortoise-shell specs. Wow!) And their glee at seeing themselves Beastie-fied is absolutely infectious! Made my day. πŸ™‚

    1. Yaaaaay! I’m so glad you enjoyed it… I’m completely in awe of all the work that Deirdre and Lora put into their magazine, and they’re brilliant for promoting the work of local designers and makers too. And I’m actually kicking myself for not sharing pictures of people with their Beasties before… I think I might need to do a retrospective! Thanks for reading πŸ˜€

  5. How did I ever miss the fact that they were knitters??!?! Love. The different weights of yarn are hilariously awesome. Well done on crafting the beasties for these lovely podcasters πŸ™‚

      1. Your commissions were mega !!
        The recipients reactions must have been worth every moment of anxiety you put yourself through πŸ™‚ Congratulations on yet another Beastie success story

  6. OMG, they are hilarious .. you are so detail oriented, it’s amazing!

    I wonder how helen bestie would look. πŸ˜‰

      1. You could send out Helen Beastie whenever human Helen is busy with more important things … or when human Helen isn’t in the mood for something. πŸ˜€

        1. Indeed a sad life … i think you would have to make her lots of treats so she doesn’t run away.

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