A Cool Mama Beastie Commission, by CrawCrafts Beasties

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!
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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!

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Hooray! The Sun’s Out!

Look, everyone! The Irish summer has made a surprise reappearance!

So I thought today’s new Beastie should have his photo taken in the luxuriant(ish) gardens of Beastie Towers. I’m pleased to introduce you to Cookie Beastie, who is outside enjoying his favourite treat in the lovely warm sunshine.
Welcome, Cookie Beastie! CrawCrafts BeastiesBut picnicking alone isn’t much fun…
Cookie Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties…So a few friends came out to join him!
Beasties in the Garden - CrawCrafts BeastiesMuch better. But of course, it didn’t take much time for these mischievous monsters to start running riot among the plants! Maybe they had too much beer… or fizzy pop!
Red Lemonade Beastie and Pint Beastie - CrawCrafts BeastiesUm, how exactly DO you climb a plant whilst holding a full pint of Guinness?
Pint Beastie - not a drop spilled! CrawCrafts BeastiesBut not everyone was clambering through the undergrowth. Cheerleader Beastie was eager to practice a couple of new moves…
Cheerleader Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties…While Redhead Beastie was happy to stop and smell the flowers.
Redhead Beastie, by CrawCrafts BeastiesBut rounding up these little critters was more than a little tricky – especially when they’re as well camouflaged as Aran Beastie!
Spot the Beastie! CrawCrafts BeastiesStill, I managed to lure them home by promising a market trip this weekend… our first of the year! We’ll be at our old stomping ground, The Ha’Penny Market at The Grand Social on Liffey Street, from 12-6 on Saturday. So if you’re in Dublin (or even if you’re not – take a day trip!) stop by and see us. We’d love to meet you!

RED-dy, Steady, GO!

I promised to introduce you to a new Beastie today, and here he is! Fresh from the Beastie barber, it’s… Redhead Beastie!
Redhead Barróg Beastie, by CrawCrafts BeastiesIf I asked you to describe what a “typical” Irish person looks like, chances are that bright red hair would feature in there somewhere. Here in Ireland nearly half the population carry the gene for red hair, and around 10% of Irish people have hair that falls in that auburn-to-strawberry-blonde range. So I thought that a Barróg Beastie (my most Irish Beasties, made from 100% Irish wool) with luscious fiery locks would be an excellent addition to the family here at Beastie Towers!
Redhead Beastie's Hairdo - CrawCrafts BeastiesI used a wool and mohair blend yarn to get the perfect combination of vibrant colour and awesome curls – which means this Beastie’s hair is enviably soft and strokable!
Beastie Hair Closeup - CrawCrafts BeastiesThis little monster also insisted on getting his own teeny Aran jumper. Oh, okay then.
Redhead Beastie Models his Jumper - CrawCrafts Beasties(Any excuse…)Redhead Beastie's Aran Sweater - CrawCrafts BeastiesSharp-eyed readers will notice the lovely bright green stripes on this dark green Beastie’s legs, too – a perfect colour combination for this time of year. The trees here are bursting with fresh spring leaves, and Dublin seems to be getting greener by the hour!
Check Out Redhead Beastie's Stripey Green Legs! CrawCrafts BeastiesI still have a few Barróg Beasties to kit out with accessories, so you’ll get a chance to meet them soon! And don’t forget to pop back next Tuesday, when we’ll be seeing what Paddy and Plunkett have been up to lately…

Enjoy your week!

Hooray! New Beasties!

Brand New Barróg Beasties by CrawCrafts BeastiesWe’re taking a leap forward in time on the BeastieBlog this week – after meeting a prehistoric proto-Beastie in the last post, you’re probably ready for something new and exciting! So here they are… the first two Barróg Beasties of 2016!

For anyone who doesn’t yet have a working knowledge of the various species of Beastie out there, Barróg Beasties are a subspecies native to the island of Ireland. Their skin is made from 100% Irish wool, and they can be recognised by their slightly smaller size (we Celts are generally a diminutive people) and their typically Irish accessories… Like Irish humans, they’re prepared to travel pretty much anywhere, but they always like to bring a piece of home with them. And that word “Barróg”? That’s Irish for hug, which seemed to sum these friendly little monsters up perfectly!

So, first up from this pair is Aran Beastie!
Aran Beastie, by CrawCrafts BeastiesRemind you of anyone?
A Familiar Beastie Face - CrawCrafts BeastiesI’ve noticed that a lot of Irish knitwear companies have started to think outside the woolly box lately, and make traditional-style Aran sweaters in colours other than cream! So I thought I would hop on the bandwagon myself, and give this Beastie a jumper in fresh spring green…
Aran Beastie's Aran Jumper - CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd as for his friend…
Leabhar (Book) Barrog Beastie, by CrawCrafts BeastiesMeet Leabhar Beastie! “Leabhar” is the Irish word for “book”, and this literary little monster has taken on quite the reading challenge…
Leabhar Beastie's Book - CrawCrafts BeastiesYes, that is a hand-embroidered copy of the rambling Beastie yarn “Spin-egans Wake”… This monstrously convoluted, near-impenetrable book is loosely based on James Joyce’s novel “Finnegans Wake”, often cited as one of the most difficult, complex pieces of fiction ever written. In fact, there’s a book group in Cambridge, Massachusetts who have been reading “Finnegans Wake” for the last 18 years! They’re currently on their second read-through, which began in 2010… Their first reading took 13 years. I wonder if we’ll have to set up a book club here to help Leabhar Beastie tackle his own literary adventure?Leabhar Beastie Closeup - CrawCrafts BeastiesHe seems to be getting on fine so far though – just look at that contented smile.

There will be more new Beasties joining these two soon… And tune in next week to see another hidden Dublin treasure with Explorer Beastie! See you then…