Hello. My name is Helen, and I make monsters.
I’ve always had a fondness for weird and wonderful creatures… I suppose that’s to be expected when you grow up obsessively watching cartoons and the Muppets! And once I figured out that I could bring my imaginary friends to life with felt and yarn, I became hopelessly hooked on knitting and sewing as well!
Fast forward a few years…
…And I had moved on to more “grown up” knitted projects, like hats and scarves and socks. But one day I started to knit a pair of handwarmers that I didn’t have enough yarn to finish, and I improvised a pattern for a little monster to use up what remained of the ball.
Now they come in all shapes and sizes! Here, take a look at some of my favourite creations.
A life of their own…
Later, when I turned the Beasties loose on the world, it immediately became obvious that they have quite a taste for adventure! Find out what they’ve been up to in the twice-weekly BeastieBlog… Or why not adopt your own, and see where they take you?
I’m at my happiest when I’m at my work table, surrounded by piles of colourful felt and yarn – and with a few Beastie helpers to lend a paw when I need them, of course.
Using high quality materials is super-important to me, so I hand-knit every little woolly monster using 100% natural fibre yarns. And since there’s been so much talk recently about the long-term effects of plastic on our planet, I’m now doing my best to use non-synthetic felts, fabrics and threads as much as possible in my work.
Want to delve a bit deeper into my design process?