When the Woolly Work is Done…

… It’s time to relax and unwind, and spend a little more time doing the things YOU want to do.

So when I was asked to create a very special retirement gift for a longtime Beastie follower to give to her mum, I wanted to make sure her monster counterpart had plenty of fun accessories. That way she can indulge in all her favourite activities, now that she has time to enjoy herself!

Let’s meet her, shall we? Hello there!
Cool Mama Beastie in Aran Sweater - CrawCrafts BeastiesFirst of all, you can see she’s sporting a very lovely handknitted Aran sweater. This Beastie’s human counterpart loves to travel… And although she’s been to some pretty far-flung destinations, the Aran Islands (which lie just off Ireland’s west coast) remain one of her favourite places to visit. What better way for a Beastie to celebrate this connection than with knitwear?

I also copied her new human friend’s hairstyle as closely as possible. Check out those lustrous chestnut locks, made from lovely soft alpaca yarn!
Alpaca Hair and Aran Sweater - CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd now, how about something to tie into her working life? For a time, our Beastification subject worked for St Patrick’s Athletic Football Club – a Dublin team based in Inchicore, just to the west of the city centre. She’s also the head of a family of self-confessed football addicts… That made this a prime candidate for being included in the accessory lineup!

So I cracked out the magnifying lamp and got to work on a Beastie-sized supporters’ scarf in the team’s colours, complete with teeny hand-embroidered club crest!
Football Scarf - Commissions - CrawCrafts Beasties

Outside of work, this lady’s biggest passion is cooking. I did consider creating a full four-course meal in felt as a tribute to her culinary prowess, but in the end we settled on something more portable… A bag embroidered with the logo of her favourite local butcher!
Hand-embroidered Lawlor's Butchers Bag - CrawCrafts BeastiesWhen it’s not holding the ingredients for her latest gastronomic experiments, she can use it to carry everything she needs for her other favourite pastime – getting lost in a good book!
Books and Tote Bag - CrawCrafts BeastiesAs you can see, I’ve provided her with a selection of Beastie-appropriate titles – The Monster Family Cookbook and a classic Hercwool Poirot crime thriller!

So, let’s get everything all packed up…
All the Accessories - Commissions - CrawCrafts Beasties… And let the good times roll!
Ready for Retirement! CrawCrafts BeastiesThanks to Niamh for choosing to celebrate her Mum’s retirement the Beastie way… And for all her help in getting the blend of accessories just right!

We’ll be back next week with the last of Explorer Beastie’s London adventures, so be sure to join us then!

8 thoughts on “When the Woolly Work is Done…

    1. Oh Mariss, you’re too kind! I will confess that my wonderful magnifying lamp helps A LOT though 😁 Cheers for stopping in!

    1. Heehee! Thanks Tierney… Although it sounds like I might have to come up with a cuteness vaccine if these symptoms persist 😉 Cheers for stopping by!

    1. Heehee! Glad you approve… Maybe I should get the Beasties to share some recipes? Like all their food, it’ll be fat-free and packed full of fibre 😉 Cheers for popping in, Tammie!

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