Monster Family Fun!

OK folks, I promised you something big this week, and here it is! Now, I’ve made Beastie families before (you can meet some of them here and here), but when I was asked to create individual little monsters for all of a customer’s nieces and nephews, I did briefly wonder what I was letting myself in for. Sometimes families here can be on the large side – in fact, Boyfriend has so many cousins that he’s pretty sure there are some out there that he’s never even met! Fortunately, the grand total turned out to be a totally manageable seven… And although that’s still more than I’ve ever made for any one Beastie enthusiast, I reckoned I’d definitely be able to get them ready in time for Christmas!

So, let’s take a quick tour through my biggest Beastie custom order ever! These Beasties were heading to three separate households, with a brother and sister in one…
Katie Beastie and Jack Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties
Beastie Closeups - Jack and Katie - CrawCrafts Beasties
…Two sisters next…
Georgia Beastie and Eva Lily Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties
Eva Lily and Georgia - Personalised Knitted Monsters by CrawCrafts Beasties
…And a family of three to complete the picture!
Shannon Beastie, Kate Beastie and Cian Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties
Shannon Cian Kate - Custom-made Knitted Monsters by CrawCrafts Beasties
We decided it would be best to keep all the Beasties quite similar, but each with their own unique twist to make them as individual as their human counterparts!
For the boys, who are both big into their Gaelic football, that meant shirts in their county colours… So, blue for Cavan and white for Kildare. And they both get to be #1 in their own teams!
The Boys, in their GAA Jerseys in County Colours - CrawCrafts Beasties
Oh, and I had to send them each out with their own felt football, of course. The shape of the segments that make up the ball are based on the human-sized version – that took some figuring out!
Miniature Felt GAA Football, by CrawCrafts Beasties
You might also have noticed that I experimented with a new way of doing short hair for these two – I think the fur fabric captures the fineness of children’s hair better than wool can, and it’s so soft as well. What do you all reckon?

As for the girls…
All the Girls - Custom Handmade Toys by CrawCrafts Beasties
… Each got her own hand-knitted sweater with an appliquΓ©d felt initial, and I was in experimentation mode with their hairdressing too!
Hair and Sweaters for Beastie Girls, by CrawCrafts Beasties
Sometimes Beastie hair (as I’ve made it in the past) has come out a bit thick and unmanageable, and because I had five girls to make, I wanted to ensure that each of them had their own distinct hairstyle. At first, I experimented with a technique I found in a magazine, which involved laying out a line of sticky tape, sticking strands of yarn to it, sewing through the tape, then peeling it away and stitching the hairpiece to the head, which had been prepped with a piece of felt in a similar colour.

Um, the less said about my state of mind that day, the better.

When she was bad, she was horrid!
(Image from my old Dean’s Gift Book of Nursery Rhymes)

That said, I did like the effect I was able to create by using multiple shades of yarn, so I decided to cut out the sticky tape middleman, and sew strands directly to the felt “hair cap” where they were needed. The result? More readily style-able pigtails and ponytails!

So, I suppose that means we’re all ready for the group photo…
Beastie-Wrangling for the Camera - CrawCrafts Beasties
Oh. Maybe another one, with everybody looking at the camera this time?
Say Cheese, Beasties! CrawCrafts Beasties
Much better!

Did any of you take on a monster project in the run-up to Christmas? Tell us all about it in the comments!

Aaaaaaand next week we’ll be taking a break from Christmas commissions and catching up with Paddy and Plunkett… They have some wintry photos they’d like to share with you. See you then!

53 thoughts on “Monster Family Fun!

  1. Look at them all!!!!!! Phewf, what a project, well done! I LOVE the new hair look on the boys–works super well. I also appreciate all the different hairdos on the gal Beasties; can you come style my hair? I wish we had a pic of all the kiddos opening up their doppelgangers….

    1. Yeah, I’d say Christmas morning was a blast… Especially if all the families were together! πŸ˜€ Cheers for voting “yea” to new hair as well, I won’t be using it for all future projects but it’s sure nice to have more options. Now if only I could get my own hair away from its default settings of “hedge” or “string”! I’ll happily have a go at styling yours though… If you’re prepared to replace your natural locks with woolly ones! πŸ˜† Cheers for your comment!

      1. Hahaha I mean, that could be a new business venture? Human-sized wool-wigs? And yes, I don’t know about you, but I’m finding that my grey hairs are really enhancing the hedge-like texture of my hair lately. Speaking of greys, the wool-wigs might be a cost effective alternative to dyeing one’s hair?

        1. Totally! And it would be warm and cosy, like a hat 😊 Gosh, I must find time to do a prototype! As for those greys… Well, I like to imagine they’re assembling into a very stylish silver streak that elegantly frames my face, but I think the reality might be quite different πŸ˜† Why are they so crazy?!

        2. Haha I find my crazy greys most useful when I’m trying to buy alcohol at the shop and someone cards me (probably because I’m wearing that childish hoodie with ears on it) despite my obviously mature purchases of wine, cat food, humbugs, paracetamol, and crisps. πŸ˜€

        3. Hahaha! Yes, I’ve had the same problem when I’m wearing my totally-appropriate-for-a-lady-in-her-mid-30s kitty hat (with ears and dangly pompoms). Greys to the rescue! πŸ‘΅ And can you get humbugs in your local supermarket? I haven’t had one in years!

        4. OMG that hat sounds AMAZING and I want it! hahahaha. And yes, humbugs are in all the shops here! I love them so, but they usually remind me how terrifyingly long it has been since I have visited a dentist.

        5. Ohhhhhh, don’t say the D-word! It was one of my new year’s resolutions to go, and… Well, let’s just say I’m going through everything else on the list first.

        6. I knowwwww… been on mine for years (cringgggge). Also, I don’t think I’ve seen a GP in maybe 15 years. I probably have something terribly wrong with me, but it can’t hurt you if you don’t know about it, right? RIGHT?!!?!

        7. Yeah, let’s go with that. I’m equally fond of doctors myself… Unless it REEEAAALLLLY hurts or is falling off, I’m probably going to just try to cure myself with soup, tea and ibuprofen. 😬

  2. Oh my goodness!!! They are so cool! The hair is amazing! … you must have pulled out your own in the process. πŸ˜€

    1. Thanks Ivonne! And don’t worry, my own hair is mostly intact… Well, it certainly started to recover after I gave up on the sticky tape idea! πŸ˜† Thanks for dropping in!

  3. What a great project! I love that they are each unique but clearly related – just like all these cousins. I have four nieces, seven nephews, three great-nephews and one great-niece so that would have been a mammoth project had I given you the same commission. I like the new style hair.

    1. Hahaha! I think I would have had to start that in the summer to get it done in time! πŸ˜† I’m hoping these kids have lots of fun with their personalised monsters… And it looks like the new hair is a success too! Thanks for stopping by, Laura! πŸ˜€

    1. Thanks, Jan! It was definitely fun to try out some new techniques, and I’m glad they worked. Well, some of them! πŸ˜† Hopefully the kids will get hours of fun from their new monster companions. Cheers for stopping in! πŸ˜€

  4. This family affair is quite an undertaking. Amazing results and I’m sure they were all thrilled with their Beastie–how could they resist?!?! You already know I love the yarn hair, but I also love the initial sweaters. Well done, Helen! Happy New Year!!

    1. Happy new year to you too, Melissa! Yes, I’m reeeeally hoping the Beastie troupe was a success on Christmas morning… I’ll have to email my customer today and ask him! I also quite enjoyed doing the initial sweaters, so there could be more appliquΓ©d Beastie clothing items in the pipeline this year. Thanks for stopping by! πŸ˜€

  5. Oh my goodness – a Beastie family! I am gettin strung out on looking at photos of Beasties now, they are addicting! I cannot get over their adorable little sweaters. You must just knit cute little sweaters all day (of course by now you can probably knit them in your sleep, ha!)

    1. Heehee, thanks Tierney! I’ll only truly consider myself accomplished when I can knit them with my toes as well as my hands! πŸ˜‰ Teeny sweaters are fun though – probably one of my favourite makes! Glad you’re enjoying the pictures, thanks for stopping in! πŸ˜€

  6. As always, such a FABULOUS job, especially on the life-size-to Beastie-size conversion for the ball! The hair on those looks better than mine (maybe you can stitch me some new locks while I’m in Dublin…ow)! I’m curious to know if these monsters were all shipped in the same box. And if so, what kind of mayhem the postal service had to endure from the Box O’Beasties ;)).

    1. Hahaha! Thanks, Tammie! And don’t worry – this was an in-person delivery, so I was responsible for dropping them off. Just as well… Who knows what kind of disruption they would have caused in the Post Office, and at the busiest time of year, too! 😱 Oh, and I’m now giving serious consideration to a range of Beastie-inspired hair products… I’d never get human hair extensions, but bulking out my naturally baby-fine locks with easily-styled wool is starting to look very appealing indeed! Care to be a guinea pig? (Ahem) I mean, pioneering trendsetter? πŸ˜€

      1. Ah, good to hear you saved the post office any monstrous fiascos. As for being your beauty Guinea pig…YES! I used to have pink “highlights” but they were a pain to maintain. If could maanage some yarn-based pink and blonde locks, I’m in!

        1. Hmmm, maybe it’s time to un-shelve that idea for “monster hair” I had a couple of years back! πŸ€” I have wanted dreadlocks with lime green bits in them for YEARS, but thanks to my uncooperative hair and a series of retail jobs in shops with a super-strict dress code, it was always off the cards… Perhaps wool is the answer! (Again! It usually is πŸ˜€)

        2. Hurrah! πŸŽ†πŸŽ‰ Now I just need a spare half an hour to make a prototype! 😡

    1. Thanks, Tricia! It’s a little quicker too, which helps when there are seven Beasties to make! πŸ˜€

    1. Thanks Mrs P… Now if only I could do my own hair properly too πŸ˜† Hope all is well in the Cottage on the Green 😊

      1. I have to admit my hair has a will of it’s own some mornings I can give Medusa a run for her money LOL
        All is well at the cottage, how’s life at Beastie Towers ??

        1. Hahaha! That sounds familiar! All is well at Beastie Towers, thanks, but BOY are we busy! I thought January was going to be a quiet month, but it’s anything but! Still, that’s a good problem to have, right? πŸ˜€

        2. I’d say it’s a very good problem to have,
          I thought of you the other day when I called by Olann and’s web page to download a pattern for Moo and there were your Beasties for the whole world to see, Moo was very impressed as he’s seen your blog hence your Beasties ~ he’s convinced you are a celebrity of course I’ve told him you absolutely are !!

        3. Heehee! Well, I’m not going to tell him otherwise either! πŸ˜‚ It was so good of the Olann And girls to put the Beasties on the website for all to see… They’ve been so supportive! Have fun with your pattern – are you making it, or has Moo caught the knitting bug?

        4. Moo had the nerve to outgrow his sleeveless sweater for our vintage / war weekends, Olann had the perfect pattern, by spring he will all kitted out in an evacuee outfit that isn’t too small LOL

        5. Tsk! How inconsiderate! πŸ˜€ At least it sounds like you were able to track down a replacement easily enough. Happy knitting!

  7. Oh I love them all so much and I thought that all of their hairs looked amazing! You rock Helen ☺

    1. Thanks, Sara! I’m so glad I strayed outside my comfort zone and gave this new technique a try πŸ˜€ Cheers for stopping by!

  8. Oh what a fabby project! I love the short hair you used, I definitely want to tousle it, and I looooove the teeny plait you gave S-monster. It’s brilliant that they’re all different, but similar enough to be a set together πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Hannah! I thought a strong family resemblance would be cute… And keep everybody happy too! πŸ˜‰ There is something so tousle-able about the fur fabric hair, isn’t there? I’m definitely investing in more colours!

    1. Thank you! And don’t worry, the finger-ache goes away with practice – being hopelessly addicted to knitting really helps with that! πŸ˜† Cheers for stopping by!

  9. Stunning work on this Beastie family, Helen! This is really epic – not only for the number of Beasties commissioned, but that each Beastie is unique, but still maintains a family resemblance to the others (I love the pink sisters!). πŸ™‚ I enjoy the individuality of the hairstyles, too. And the colours on the appliquΓ© sweaters – you’ve created a beautiful fiber-y colour-fest. Bravo!

    1. Thanks, Shirley! It was a fun project… Especially since I got to try out all those new techniques along the way! Cheers for your comment πŸ˜€

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