Beasties Are Doin’ It For Themselves!

Aaaah, the new year! It’s a time when many of us think about taking on a new interest, or learning a new skill… And perhaps more than a few of you are considering trying your hand at a little DIY.

Well, the Beasties are WAAAAAY ahead of you on that one! Meet Spencer Beastie, a practical little monster who lives for building, creating and fixing things.
Spencer Beastie, by CrawCrafts BeastiesSpencer Beastie was requested by our good buddy Melissa at Knitting the Stash, as a gift for her husband. And he’ll have to be VERY on the ball to keep up with Human Spencer, who is always working away at something cool. In fact, Human Spencer’s latest oeuvre is a complete renovation of an old prison bus… It’s amazing! You can catch up with the project on his YouTube channel, or keep an eye on his progress on Instagram, here.


So, I thought a good starting point would be to make sure that Spencer Beastie can pull his weight when there’s work to be done. Go go magic magnetic paws!
Magic Magnetic Beastie Paws - CrawCrafts BeastiesNot only can he now hold things, he can also “hang out” on metal surfaces in the prison bus!

Then with Melissa’s guidance, I was able to copy Human Spencer’s tattoo…
Beastie Tattoo - Spencer Beastie by CrawCrafts Beasties… Glasses…
Glasses for Spencer Beastie - CrawCrafts Beasties… Favourite hat…Spencer Beastie's Hat - Felt and Embroidery - CrawCrafts Beasties… And trademark bandana handkerchief!
Spencer Beastie's Bandana - CrawCrafts Beasties

Now, what’s that? A backpack?
I spy a Backpack! Spencer Beastie, by CrawCrafts BeastiesI think we all know what that means… Let’s see what’s inside!
What's in Spencer Beastie's Rucksack? CrawCrafts BeastiesAha! Everything a Beastie needs to tackle a serious refit project – a Beastie-sized torch, pocket knife and hammer!

And of course, each piece contains a magnet so that Spencer Beastie can hold them by himself!
Hold on, Spencer Beastie! Magnetic Felt Accessories by CrawCrafts BeastiesFinally, for those of you who are suckers for the teeniest of tiny details, the torch contains a glass bead “bulb”…
A Beastie-Sized Torch, by CrawCrafts Beasties… And the blade of the pocket knife really folds out!
A Beastie-sized Pocket Knife - CrawCrafts BeastiesWell, I think you’re ready to help out in the workshop, Spencer Beastie! Better get packed up and make the journey Stateside…
Spencer Beastie Packs His Bags - CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd the best bit is, you can see him settling in to his new home! Melissa very kindly featured Spencer Beastie in the latest episode of her podcast series… Check it out here!

It gets Beastie-ful at 15 minutes, but I so enjoy Melissa’s engaging, interesting shows that I’d recommend watching from the start. Who knows, it might inspire you to pick up the needles and get knitting this year!

And that’s all from me this week… But I’ll be back next Tuesday with more of the Beasties who found new homes during the festive season! Hope to see you then!

29 thoughts on “Beasties Are Doin’ It For Themselves!

    1. Awww, thanks Laura! I hope to have lots more fabric-contorting exploits to share with you soon! Cheers for stopping by 😁

    1. Why thank you! I probably went a bit overboard with that (it really started off as something much simpler) but once I started I couldn’t stop! 😆 Cheers for dropping in!

        1. Heehee! Yes, I suppose the smaller they are, the more there should be… 😉

    1. Hahaha! I suppose your home is now twice as Spencerful as it was before Christmas! Thanks again for Spencer Beastie’s moment in the spotlight on your podcast, and for sticking with me while I figured out the angles! Monster hugs back from this side of the pond! 😊

    1. Awww, cheers Catherine! I agree that Beasties make any festive occasion that bit more special, but I could be a little biased there 😉 Thanks for swinging by to meet Spencer Beastie!

    1. Thanks, Mariss! This was a challenging one, but oh so satisfying! 😁 Thanks for popping in!

    1. Thanks Ivonne! That took a couple of goes to get right but I’m so glad I got the blade to tuck inside at last! Cheers for dropping in! 😊

  1. Can I hire this Beastie to fix a few things around my house? He certainly looks more prepared for the job than Finn ever will (although he does try). The flashlight is pure genius, by the way. I’m sure by this time next year you’ll be making ones that actually light up (unlike all the flashlights in my home).

    1. Hahaha! I’m sure Finn would be an excellent handybeast if he’d ever put that cherished book of his down! 😆 And yes, part of me did want to go down the road of actually making the torch light up, but since I haven’t constructed a circuit since technology class in the mid-90s, I thought it was maybe better left alone. Buuuut if I ever do tackle basic electronics, I’ll be sure to send a working torch your way! Cheers Tammie!

    1. Hahaha! I was actually thinking that when I typed that last reply to you… They’re ALL my favourites! 😂 Cheers for checking out Spencer Beastie!

  2. Amazing work, Helen! Having seen Spencer on Melissa’s podcast, this is definitely a spitting image. 🙂 Great work on the clear glasses! Your Beastie-rendering powers truly know no bounds. Bravo! 🙂

    1. Oh wow, thank you! And yes, it was handy that Human Spencer isn’t a camera-shy fellow – his regular guest appearances on Melissa’s podcast made the design phase a lot easier! 😁 Thanks for popping in to check him out, Shirley!

  3. I don’t know why I keep being surprised by your teeny tiny makes, it’s well established that you’re a crafting genius, but I actually went “whaaaat?” out loud when I saw that the tiny knife opens out! Your little details are incredible

    1. Awww, thank you so much Hannah! Between the knife and the teeny torch, this project gave me quite the mental workout, but it was totally worth it! Cheers for stopping in!

    1. Why thank you! Especially for appreciating the bandana… I had to tear Dublin apart looking for one when I realised that embroidery on felt wasn’t going to cut it! 😆

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