About

Hello. My name is Helen, and I make monsters.

About Me and the Beasties - CrawCrafts BeastiesI’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.
Then I made more... About Me Beastie HQ CrawCrafts BeastiesNow they come in all shapes and sizes! Here, take a look at some of my favourite creations.

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A life of their own…

Blog Posts - About Me, CrawCrafts BeastiesLater, 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?

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Naturally monstrous…

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.
Beasties at Work - CrawCrafts BeastiesUsing 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.

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Beasties Abroad - Various Contributors/CrawCrafts BeastiesOur Beastie community is global, and it’s growing all the time! Share your monster adventures, send us your Beastie pics, or just swing by and say hello… We can’t wait to hear from you!

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69 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello newest Spikey! I know, a bit corny, eh, but that’s the term that has come to stick for those folk who are part of the clan known to be followers of Uncle Spike πŸ™‚

    Thank you… I really appreciate that as I for one, know how many interesting and entertaining blogs are out there.

    My aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my β€˜point n shoot’ attempts at basic photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day to day happenings here on the farm. Oh, plus a few observations on life as I see it, thrown in for good measure.

    My promise to you is not to be overbearing, just a couple of posts a day, maybe 3 at weekends if I have something special to share. But if you are at a loose end one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too. I have added plenty of categories to help in said digging process.

    Thanks again and hope you have a great day…

    UNCLE SPIKE

    1. Why thank you! I’m looking forward to finding out more about life in your part of the world (and your adventures overseas too)! Cheers for taking the time to stop by my blog and visit the Beasties!

      1. Thanks Helen. Your blog is a little mad – but we so need more of that. I struggle to keep up with followers I have to admit, but I’ve moved away from the dark side just now and decided to follow your blog (my first new one in months) – Spikey’s n monsters, a cool mix if ever there was one.

        1. Thanks, I’m flattered! It’s true that everyone needs a little monster-based fun in their lives, so I hope you enjoy following the Beasties’ adventures… all I need now is a natty name for my tribe of Beastie buddies. Thoughts, anyone?!

  2. Dear Helen, thank you kindly for following my blog. Do let me know should you need any info in regards to traveling in Bosnia, will try my best to provide. Loved your Knitted Monster Adventures! πŸ™‚ There are many handmade crafts in Bosnia. Not all will be genuinely handmade so will be following it in my blog later.
    Many regards and best wishes on your knitted monster adventures! πŸ˜‰

    1. Hello! Thanks for stopping by to leave a comment, and for signing up to my happy band of Beastie followers! I really enjoyed looking through your blog – hopefully someday my knitted monster adventures will take me to Bosnia, it looks beautiful!

      1. Do let me know if you need any info in regards to traveling in Bosnia, will try my best to provide. Best wishes on your adventures! πŸ™‚ One never knows where one’s passions might lead one to. πŸ™‚ Take care and many regards!

  3. We dont have such craft ideas in India… so it was all the more fun for me to see this!
    Have fun beasting and blogging!!

    1. Thank you! I’ve really enjoyed looking through your blog too, and was interested to see you’re from northern Norway… I visited TromsΓΈ a couple of years ago, and it was one of the lovliest, friendliest places I’ve ever been πŸ™‚ Thanks for your comment!

    1. Oh wow, thank you! I’ll do my best to respond soon, but I still have a teeny backlog of awards posts left over from when I did Blogging 101 back in August! But thank you so much for thinking of me and my little monsters πŸ˜€

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