Beasties Hiking to New Heights

Hi there everyone! I have to say, it’s not really hiking weather out there today… But I’m sure the new Beastie we’re about to meet would happily give it a try anyway. After all, I did kit her out with everything she could possibly need for a day of strolling in the hills!

So, say hello to Hiker Beastie!
Hiker Beastie, by CrawCrafts BeastiesI created this Beastie as a very special birthday gift for an active lady who loves to spend time in the great outdoors. And since she lives in Scotland, I needed to make sure the weather never had a chance to rain on her parade (or hiking trail). That’s why she’s wearing a very fetching handknitted bobble hat…
Beastie Hiking Equipment 1 - Woolly Hat - CrawCrafts Beasties… A rain jacket with handy hood…
Beastie Hiking Jacket - CrawCrafts Beasties(Did you notice the teeny embroidered zips?)

… And a pair of go-anywhere hiking boots.
Beastie Hiking Boots - CrawCrafts BeastiesI stitched some felt treads to the soles of these boots to make them extra-grippy, and finished them with some embroidery thread laces. Now she’s fully equipped from head to toe!

Well, almost. If she’s away for the day, she’ll probably need a backpack too. Et voila!
Hiker Beastie Backpack - CrawCrafts BeastiesThis one is handstitched from 100% wool felt, and should hold everything she needs.

And when she’s not hiking…

… This Beastie has another hobby to keep her busy! We’ll need to lose the jacket for this part though.
A Different Outfit - Hiker Beastie - CrawCrafts BeastiesWhy, you ask? Well, this Beastie lady also enjoys a game of shinty – a Scottish variant of ball-and-stick games like hockey, or the hurling we play here in Ireland. From what I could tell when I was doing my research, it can be pretty full-on… So this outfit will give her much more freedom of movement as she tears around the pitch!

Oh, I should probably provide her with a shinty stick so she can join in properly.
Beastie with Shinty Stick - Hiking Beastie - CrawCrafts BeastiesShinty sticks have a distinctive wedge-shaped head that sets them apart from the sticks used in hockey, hurling and other related sports like cammag (from the Isle of Man), bando (Wales) and Knattleikr (played by the Vikings in Iceland). In my quest to get the shape right, I was lucky enough to find this video of modern-day craftsmen making human-sized versions. I love how hands-on the process is!

Here’s my Beastified version – and our woolly friend holding onto it tightly with her magic magnet paws!
Shinty Stick and Magnet Paws - CrawCrafts Beasties

And one more thing…

Up a mountain or on the shinty pitch, life is more fun when you have a companion to share it with – right? And as a final touch, this Beastie has a four-legged friend to keep her company on her adventures.
Hiker Beastie's Hiking Companion - CrawCrafts Beasties

This Beastie-sized pup is modelled on the pet pooch of our monster lady’s human counterpart, and is made from needle-felted merino and blue-faced Leicester wool.

Ready for walkies? I think so!
Ready for Hiking - CrawCrafts BeastiesThanks to Anne for requesting this very special Beastification for her sister-in-law’s birthday!

And we’ll be back on Tuesday… Yes, Tuesday! With real life kicking back in again, I’m returning to my regular once-a-week blogging regime. If you’ve got a taste for past Beasties as a result of my lockdown Flashback Fridays though, you’ll find lots more in the website Gallery, or by scrolling through the Commissions category of the BeastieBlog.

See you next week! Have a good one ๐Ÿ™‚

13 thoughts on “Beasties Hiking to New Heights

  1. Completely amazing! I love all of the details of this Beastie – the boot treads and the tiny zips! – and I love that I get to see what a Beastie shinty stick looks like. Fabulous work!

    1. Oh yes… A little taste of home for you from this Beastie! Learning about shinty and how they make the sticks was one of my favourite parts of this project. Thanks for dropping in to meet her, Laura! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  2. Sorry, I just had to pick myself up off the floor after being knocked off my feet by this Beastie’s amazing details!! And I don’t think you made that dog out of felt and wool…I think you worked some magic and did a Shrinking Spell a real dog.

    1. Oh, good thinking! I’ll do that next time, shrinking spells are probably a much quicker way to get the job done. Now all I need is a willing “volunteer” ๐Ÿ˜‰Thanks for swinging by to check her out, Tammie!

    1. It certainly is! I should probably make a human-sized version for myself… Thanks so much for your kind words, Mariss!

    1. Heehee! Thank you, Simon! I did have fun with this one… It made me want to pull on my own boots and head for the hills. Cheers for swinging by to say hello!

  3. This was made for me and I absolutely love it. It is just perfect – sadly it even looks like me. It was absolutely the best birthday present that I got and I would encourage anyone who has a loved one with a big birthday coming up, to commission one. Thank you so much.

    1. Hello Aileen! Ah, it’s so nice to meet the person behind the Beastie… Thanks for taking the time to drop in & leave a comment! I hope you had a super birthday and that you and your Beastie friend have lots of fun adventures ahead of you this summer ๐Ÿ˜Š

  4. I’ve fainted.
    There are no words to describe how utterly awesome this! Look at that JACKET!!! Okay I am headed into a faint again so I have to stop writing – ha! I just realized I should have gotten boots for John Beastie, oops!

    1. Aah, it’s summer so perhaps he’ll enjoy going bare-pawed for a little while! Thanks for checking out this latest Beastie… As you can probably tell, I had plenty to keep me out of mischief during the Irish lockdown ๐Ÿ˜

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