This Beastie’s a Real Winner!

Happy Tuesday, everyone! And I have a very special new Beastie for you all to meet today…

Hello, new Beastie! CrawCrafts BeastiesI called this little woolly dude “Lucky Guy Beastie”, because he was made for the winner of the prize draw I ran on my market stall just before Christmas. The magic randomiser picked out Ismail’s name from the hat… and then I felt like I’D hit the jackpot, because not only did he already have a good idea of what he wanted, he even provided me with sketches!

After that, it was just a case of me getting on with making his Beastie double… First thing’s first, a miniature version of his favourite jacket, complete with put-up-able hood!

Beastie Jacket, by CrawCrafts BeastiesThe jacket is also removable, of course!

Look, no jacket! CrawCrafts BeastiesNext, he needed a backpack… and I snuck a tasty cheese sandwich in here, in case this little monster gets hungry on his travels!

Beastie Backpack and Sandwich - CrawCrafts BeastiesFinally, I completed his kit with a Beastie-sized watch…

A Beastie-Sized Watch - CrawCrafts Beasties… And he was ready to go!

One Lucky Beastie! CrawCrafts BeastiesThat said, Ismail thought that his Beastie might get lonely all by himself… So he asked if I could make him a companion. Done and done!

Lucky Beastie's Lucky Lady - CrawCrafts BeastiesWhile Ismail is here in Dublin studying, his girlfriend is still at home in Indonesia. Fortunately, her Beastie counterpart was ready just in time to be shared via videochat on her birthday!
(And DOUBLE fortunately, I didn’t take the video, so I don’t have to include it here! :D)

This is the first time I’ve made a Beastie in hijab, and it took a good bit of research (and a couple of failed attempts!) to get the shape and fabrics right. The trickiest part was working with a Beastie – rather than human – body shape… It turns out that having a neck and a chin is really helpful when it comes to securing the fabric discreetly! In the end, I went with a felt “under-hijab”, with a light floaty chiffon on top to get the right amount of draping.

Beastie Girl in Hijab - CrawCrafts BeastiesYou might also have noticed her nice little knitted cardigan, which can be taken off on hot days…

Warm Weather Beastie Attire - CrawCrafts Beasties… And which is my second top-down knitted garment! (My first was the “first draft” of this, which turned out a little too big after blocking and was subsequently pinched by Explorer Beastie. I’m starting to wonder if he maybe had a hand paw in making it turn out that way…)

A Top-Down Beastie Cardigan! CrawCrafts BeastiesIncidentally, I owe a big thank you to Shirley at Handmade Habit and Melissa at Knitting the Stash, for inspiring me to try top-down knitting techniques for my Beastie sweaters. I’m now in the process of redoing my plain and Aran sweater patterns, and I’m loving the results so far!

But, back to the Beasties in hand! Here they are, all kitted out and ready to go!

The Happy Beastie Couple - CrawCrafts BeastiesCongratulations again to Ismail, and I hope you like your new monster friends!

We’ll be back with more Beastie antics next week! In the meantime, why not have a go at making a bee? I was delighted when The Snail of Happiness shared a picture of her make on Twitter over the weekend… and she was able to confirm that the pattern works, too!

How to Use a Beastie Calendar - CrawCrafts Beasties

Giveaway Winners!

How to Use a Beastie Calendar - CrawCrafts Beasties
Finally! It’s here! The last day of January!

And, as promised, the Great January Begone Giveaway draw was done at noon today, with the help of random.org… the long-trusted maker of all my tricky decisions. So, who won?

For starters, the magic internet pixies chose three of my fellow bloggers – Lucy Ann (Lucyannluna), NoĆ©mie (Focalheart) and Tajana (Tatie’s World). Then we had a winner from Facebook (Rosemary Murphy) and one from Instagram (Eduardo Calvo). Congratulations! All of you will be receiving a Beastie calendar! And the randomisers have also selected one of you to adopt this sweet little fellow…
A Lesser-Spotted MiniBeastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties
I know who they have picked, but you’ll have to wait and see whose parcel he stows away in!

Thanks to everybody who entered – it’s certainly made January go faster! And there are a couple of the winners (Tajana and Lucy Ann) whose addresses I will need if you’re to receive your prizes… drop me an email at crawcraftsbeasties@gmail.com and I’ll get your parcels in the post ASAP!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Charlie Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties

A Real Little Cutie… Plus a Monster Giveaway!

Charlie Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties
If it’s Tuesday, it must be new Beastie time! So, everybody say a big hello to Charlie Beastie!

Charlie Beastie was commissioned as a keepsake gift for a recently-arrived baby girl. I was asked to use as much pink as possible!
Charlie Beastie (Top to Toe!) - CrawCrafts Beasties
She also has her name embroidered on the front of her romper suit…
Charlie Beastie's Embroidered Details - CrawCrafts Beasties
…Plus a couple of cheeky nods to her Irish/Australian origins, as suggested by the person who requested her!
A Shamrock for Ireland - CrawCrafts Beasties
... And an Aussie Flag! CrawCrafts Beasties

Charlie Beastie, Back View - CrawCrafts Beasties
Apparently this Beastie made it safely to her new home Down Under just in time for Christmas! I’m sure she’s enjoying sunnier days and higher temperatures than the rest of us here in Beastie Towers!

And that leads me on neatly to the other half of this post. It seems that morale is generally low here in the Blogiverse, especially amongst those of us “enjoying” a cold, rainy start to the year in the northern hemisphere. Add to that the fact that this January has already deprived us of David Bowie and Alan Rickman, AND that we had to face into 2016 having bid farewell to Lemmy from Motorhead, it’s a miracle we’re able to drag ourselves out of bed at all.

Now, I realise that there is no freebie on earth that could miraculously fix all this, but some freebies are definitely better than no freebies at all. So, let the Great January Begone Giveaway begin! I have 5 of my remaining Beastie calendars to give away to 5 lucky BeastieBuddies…
How to Use a Beastie Calendar - CrawCrafts Beasties
As you can see, Explorer Beastie is doing a great job of demonstrating how a Beastie calendar can be an important part of any thriving craft empire.

Oh, and one of the winners will also get a surprise MiniBeastie in their prize parcel!
A Lesser-Spotted MiniBeastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties
MiniBeasties are incredibly rare, and there may be as few as ten of these teeny critters in the whole world! This one is made from cheerful blue sock yarn, and I used a small-batch merino wool yarn that I was given by some visiting knitters from Colorado to create his awesome technicolour dream-pants!

So, how do you get your mitts on these, and make your January instantly 150% better? Take your pick from:

  • Blog Buddies – Follow the BeastieBlog (if you aren’t already!) and leave a comment on this post saying which month you’re most looking forward to this year and why
  • Facebook Friends – Like the Beasties’ Facebook page and share it with your friends (and all those people you’re Facebook friends with, but have no idea how, or if, you even know them in real life)
  • Instagram Addicts – Find the Beasties on Instagram (@crawcraftsbeasties), follow us and leave a comment on any picture so I know that you’re a real person and not a “Get more Instagram followers NOW” spambot!
    Each of these barely-challenging challenges will earn you an extra entry in the draw, so by doing all three you’ll triple your chances of winning! I’ll be picking the winners at random at high noon (Irish time) on the 31st of January. Good luck!