Meet the Family (Part 2)

One Big Beastie Family - CrawCrafts Beasties
OK, so we met some of these Beasties last week… But who are those two handsome fellows on the ends? I reckon it’s high time I introduced you all to Ketto Beastie…
Ketto Beastie - CrawCrafts Beasties
…And his brother Antonio Beastie!
Antonio Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties
Ketto Beastie just completed his degree in Monster Psychology, so I made sure he looked the part for his graduation ceremony! That means the traditional “mortar board” hat, and some pretty sharp Beastie tailoring!
Ketto Beastie's Graduation Cap - CrawCrafts BeastiesKetto Beastie's Graduation Suit - CrawCrafts Beasties

Oh, and let’s not forget the all-important diploma!
Ketto Beastie's Diploma, by CrawCrafts Beasties
Meanwhile, Antonio Beastie is kicking back and enjoying one of his favourite pastimes – listening to music!
Antonio Beastie Loves His Music! CrawCrafts Beasties
Volume Turned Up To 11 - CrawCrafts BeastiesAntonio Beastie with Headphones - CrawCrafts Beasties

He also loves to dance, but unfortunately I couldn’t capture that on camera. Never mind, here’s a closer look at his awesome felt headphones instead!
Antonio Beastie's Headphones, by CrawCrafts Beasties
I’m also slightly envious of his cosy stripey sweater!

So, the family is now complete! But what happened when they arrived at their new home? Well, a warm welcome on Christmas Eve from their new friends, for starters!
Xmas eve - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts Beasties
Then some photo ops around the tree on Christmas Day…
Everybody Around the Beastmas Tree - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts Beasties
…Then getting used to their new surroundings…
Antonello Beastie and Tiziana Beastie, with their BeastieKitty - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesAntonello Beastie with the big ball - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts Beasties

…And booking a prime spot for Christmas dinner! Can you find the Beasties in this photo?

Xmas Lunch - Spot the Beasties! A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts Beasties
Thank you so much to Antonello and his family for sharing photos of their first Beastie-tastic Christmas! They really look right at home!

I still have one more Beastie from the pre-Christmas season to share with you – he’ll be here next week. And Explorer Beastie and I will be out and about again on Friday… I really hope we’re heading somewhere warm, cosy and indoors this time! Also, I think I’ve made contact with all my giveaway winners by now, but check out my previous post if you entered, just in case.

And one more thing – it’s with a heavy heart that I bid goodbye to Sir Terry Wogan, who died on Sunday. While I was strangely obsessed with his chat show as a young child, and enjoyed his tongue-in-cheek commentary on the Eurovision Song Contest, I will remember him most for being the voice of obscure 80s cartoon “Stoppit and Tidyup”. I loved the funny little inhabitants of the Land of Do-As-You’re-Told and their antics as a kid – I reckon they played a significant part in shaping me into the monster-lovin’ lady I am today – and Terry Wogan’s narration was a big part of the show’s charm. But don’t just take my word for it… Here’s the first episode. Go on, it’s only short! Enjoy!

Big Beastie’s Big Day!

Big Beastie, Ready for Graduation - CrawCrafts Beasties
It’s been a while since I made a Big Beastie… which is a shame, because knitting Beastie bodies is one of my favourite downtime activities, and Big Beasties involve a good deal more knitting than the regular-size ones! So I’m sure you can imagine how excited I was to get a request for my first Big Beastie of the year… And the fact that it needed to be personalised as well was just the icing on the cake!

Big Beastie’s new friend has just finished studying for a Masters in Trinity College, and she wanted to pick up a memento of her time here in Ireland before heading home to Singapore. What better way to commemorate a stay in Dublin than a locally-grown monster? And this Big Beastie, with his navy and white colour scheme, is a literally dyed-in-the-wool Trinity student!
Trinity Beastie, in College Colours - CrawCrafts Beasties
I also kitted him out with a diploma and mortarboard hat, so he’s ready for the Commencement Ceremony…
Trinity Beastie's Hat, by CrawCrafts BeastiesTrinity Beastie's Diploma, by CrawCrafts Beasties

…And I embroidered a patch of the Trinity College crest, to remind him of his Alma Mater!
Trinity Beastie's TCD Crest, by CrawCrafts Beasties
And finally, to help him through those long nights in the library, I’ve given him a pair of stylish specs…
Trinity Beastie's Glasses - CrawCrafts Beasties
Then there was just time to take a few photos around campus before he set off on his travels! Here he is in front of the old Long Room Library, home to the famous Book of Kells…
Trinity Beastie at the Book of Kells - CrawCrafts Beasties
…And this sculpture is outside the Berkeley Library. After all, you can’t graduate without clocking up a little bit of library time!
Trinity Beastie at the Berkeley Library - CrawCrafts Beasties
And finally, a shot in front of the Campanile… the first thing that catches your eye when you enter the College through Front Arch!
Trinity Beastie at the Campanile - CrawCrafts Beasties
Have a safe journey, Big Beastie… and here’s wishing you and your new BeastieBuddy every success in post-college life!