Beastie Weekend Reads, Part 1

Well hello there, BeastieBuddies!

I did promise you a double dose of blogging this week, so here I am!

When I was celebrating welcoming my 500th victim follower into the fold a couple of weeks back, I really did underestimate the number of awesome bloggers I keep up with (or at least try to) on a regular basis. I started that post with the noble intention of namechecking all of my favourites. Can you believe my naivety? Halfway through, I realised that if I were to give them all their dues, I would be tapping away at the computer all day. And by the end of the list, no-one would still be reading anyway. So, in the name of delivering the best possible shout-outs, I’m dividing up my reading list into nice, bite-sized chunks, which I’ll be feeding to you every now and again on Fridays. I’m hoping you’ll find a spare minute over the weekend to dip in, and maybe stumble on a new must-read!

So, without further ado, here are my first three…

Knitting the Stash
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If you’re in any way craftily inclined, you’ll find so much to love on Melissa’s blog… Although her enthusiasm for all things woolly and yarny is really quite infectious, so even if you don’t know your knit from your purl, you might find yourself getting sucked in! What makes Melissa different from so many other craft bloggers out there is that she takes a look beyond her own works in progress, and taps into the growing community of people involved in producing the wool she knits and spins. This takes in everything from visiting farms (and getting involved in the sheep shearing!) to meeting indie dyers and pattern designers. One of my favourite recent posts was her interview with Kara Syvertsen of Second Cycle Yarn Co… It was so inspiring to learn how one woman is making a living (and saving heaps of usable high-quality fibre from ending up in landfill) by turning unwanted clothing back into beautifully presented skeins of yarn! Melissa has also been a huge supporter of me and the Beasties, so we’re happy to be able to return the favour at last!

And as if that wasn’t enough, Melissa is also responsible for producing one of my favourite podcasts. I have to admit that I’m usually more of a “reader” than a “watcher”, but I always try to make time for Knitting the Stash. The episodes are a good length (usually around the half-hour mark), and Melissa is a fun, interesting person to hang out with! Here’s the latest episode, if you’d like to meet her for yourself!

Handmade Habit
Handmade Habit - Beastie Reads - CrawCrafts BeastiesI love checking in with Shirley’s blog. I think it has a lot to do with the way she writes – her calm, warm voice just puts you at ease, and it’s like you’re meeting a good friend for coffee and a catchup. Shirley is another person who is all about handmade, and her posts are mostly about what she’s got on the go at the moment – she knits, weaves and is a super-talented illustrator. She also loves to read around her interests, and I’ve so enjoyed sharing in her library finds (or special orders)… Especially when she comes across something with a crafty theme! Lately, I’ve been avidly following her first foray into working with reclaimed yarn (the journey starts here, if you’re interested) and I also really enjoyed this post about why working slowly isn’t such a bad thing… Perfect reading for a chilled-out Saturday morning!

Daze + Weekes
Daze and Weekes - Beastie Reads - CrawCrafts BeastiesHistory was one of my least favourite subjects in school. For three years, we sifted through an apparently random selection of dry topics, in no particular order, and the classroom was always stupidly hot. I never regretted my decision to drop it at the very first opportunity – until I got hopelessly hooked on Daze + Weekes. This is history as it should be told, with high drama, tongue-in-cheek humour and frequent Game of Thrones references. It also helps that the subject matter is fascinating – there’s a strong focus on the interesting women of history here, and it really makes for great reading. I think Joan, Minx of Wales gets my vote for favourite recent feature, or if you will insist on remaining in the present day, why not join Weekes at that most hateful of modern inconveniences, The Group Interview? She will also, very considerately, provide the soundtrack for your weekend lounging – on her sister site,, you’ll find the first two luscious, dreamy tracks from her upcoming album, AND a link to a curated mixtape playlist on Spotify. That should keep you all out of mischief until my next post on Tuesday!

Have a great weekend, everybody!
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10 thoughts on “Beastie Weekend Reads, Part 1

  1. Awww haha same day shoutout! You’re the BEST! Your posts are always brilliantly history-infused, and we all get to explore and learn along with Paddy, Plunkett, and Explorer Beastie (you’re going to write and illustrate a children’s series, right?!?!?!). It seems hard to find a well-written blog, but yours delivers on so many levels. You and your talent genuinely inspire me. xxx

    1. Ah, stop! 😄 I’m going a delightful shade of beetroot here. Your blog has truly been one of my favourite discoveries of the past year – like you say, a good blog can be hard to find! But yours is articulate, informative and gosh-darn hilarious. Please stick around and keep doing what you’re doing! Also, when I get my butt in gear and do this children’s series (the DREAM!) I’ll need your help with the music. There are donkeys out there that are less tone deaf than me! 😆 Happy weekend!

      1. Hahah I’ve got your back with the tunes! And also if you’re looking to cast a fat ginger cat villain attempting to thwart the Beasties, Edward would be happy to send you his headshot and CV.

  2. Ooh, I love this! I’m always searching for new blogs to follow that aren’t just the same old same old. And since I’m a history nerd, I’m heading off to Daze + Weeks right now. Looking forward to more bloggy recommendations!

  3. Awww, now . . . that was a sweet thing to read, Helen! And to be in such excellent company! Blushing here 🙂 You already know I adore your wee Beasties 🙂 And I love reading about all of your travels and adventures. So nice to have all of these community connections–the fiber and creature and yarn world is one of my absolute favorites. Thank you from the bottom of my Beastie heart!

    1. You’re welcome! 🤗 And you’re so right – the online arts and crafts community that I’ve discovered through blogging has been one of the unexpected perks of monster-making! I’m so glad to have found you all!

  4. I’ll have to add to the blushing folks above. What incredibly sweet and very kind and generous comments on the blog. Thank you for the shout out here, Helen. It warms my heart. ❤

    I became a big Beastie fan from the very first click: the Beasties and their stories are so unique and charming, and it's been so much fun to follow along their adventures. I always enjoy marveling at all of the splendid details and vitality in your crafting and writing. It's amazing how you bring the Beasties to life and give people such a wonderful way to share their stories and express their uniqueness…so good for the spirit! 🙂 Looking forward to reading your upcoming recommends, and thank you again for the share. Big hugs! 😀

    1. Oh wow, you’re welcome… And thanks for all your lovely comments as well, Shirley! I’m happy that the Beasties and I get to share our little corner of the internet with such interesting, talented and fun people. Long may it continue! 🤗

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