Beastie Bruce's Glasses - Beastie Accessories by CrawCrafts Beasties

A Sporty Beastie… With ALL the Accessories!

Eeeeek! Hello there everyone! Sorry I’m a smidge late to the party this week – I’ve taken on a little extra work recently, and unfortunately my blogging time got squeezed out! But I still have a brand new Beastie to share with you today, so how about we kick back on this lazy Sunday morning, and hang out with him and all his accessories?

(As I mentioned way back last week, he has SO MANY accessories!)

Hey there, Mr Beastie!
Bruce Beastie, A Commission by CrawCrafts Beasties

“Mr Beastie” seems very formal though, doesn’t it? Maybe we should get on first name terms. This Beastie started life as a request from one of my lovely knitting students, who wanted to Beastify her husband Bruce as a birthday gift. So I’m guessing that makes this fellow Beastie Bruce!

Human Bruce is an active kind of guy, and every morning he dons his yellow hi-viz vest before he cycles to work. Great, let’s give Beastie Bruce one of those!Beastie Bruce's Hi Viz Vest - CrawCrafts Beasties
As you can see, the felt hi-viz has a stripe of reflective ribbon… And is removable!

Underneath, there’s a Beastified version of Human Bruce’s favourite grey wool coat, complete with buttons.
Beastie Bruce's Wool Coat - CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd, in Russian-doll-like fashion, that’s removable too!
Bruce Beastie's Wool Coat and Hi-Viz Vest - Beastie Accessories by CrawCrafts Beasties
What’s he got on under there, then?
Sporting Gear for Beastie Bruce - CrawCrafts BeastiesAha! It’s a blue running top! I chose a colour that matches the shirt Human Bruce got for taking part in the Dublin Marathon… See, I told you he was sporty! His stripey beanie hat is also a marathon souvenir.
Bruce Beastie's Beanie - Beastie Accessories by CrawCrafts Beasties

At this point, I should probably mention that Human Bruce isn’t originally from round these parts. He and his wife Sue have been living in Dublin for the last few years, having moved over from Australia for work commitments. Apparently, he’s become quite interested in the Irish sport of hurling during his time here… So, surprise surprise, Beastie Bruce wants a slice of that action too!
Hurling With Beastie Bruce - Accessories by CrawCrafts Beasties
And thanks to his magnetic paws, he can pick up and set down his hurley at will!
Beastie Bruce's Magnetic Paws - CrawCrafts BeastiesGood work, Beastie Bruce! It gives me great pleasure to present you with this special Beastie-sized medal.
Beastie Bruce's Marathon Medal - Beastie Accessories by CrawCrafts Beasties

Fortunately, he seems to be a gracious winner. Let’s reward him further with… Some more accessories! I reckon he needs something to go in that nice blue backpack.
Bruce Beastie's Backpack - Beastie Accessories by CrawCrafts BeastiesHow about a tasty croissant to snack on? It’s Human Bruce’s favourite way to start the day! This one is made of felted wool – the perfect low-fat, high-fibre treat for a Beastie on the go.
A Beastie-Sized Croissant - CrawCrafts Beasties

And, because reading “The Irish Times” has become a cherished part of Human Bruce’s Dublin routine…
Beastified Irish Times - Beastie Accessories by CrawCrafts BeastiesI think he’s finally good to go!
What's in Beastie Bruce's Backpack? CrawCrafts BeastiesOh, and although he’s been wearing them throughout all the pictures in this post, let’s not forget those glasses! Some careful work with needle and pliers meant that I could capture the thin metal frames of Human Bruce’s specs.
Beastie Bruce's Glasses - Beastie Accessories by CrawCrafts BeastiesPhew! It’s only when I write a post like this that I realise how much goes into each and every Beastification. Still, this was such a fun project. Then seeing Human Bruce sharing pictures of his new monster buddy was the icing on the cake!

By the way, if you have someone in your life who you think merits a full Beastification, all you have to do is drop me a line and we’ll get the process under way!

Alrighty, enjoy the rest of your weekend… Are you being active like Bruce Beastie, or taking it easy? Let us know in the comments! I’ll be back in a week and a bit, hopefully with a slightly clearer schedule… See you then!

Galway All The Way!

It’s beautiful here in Dublin today – the sun is shining, the sky is blue, and it’s only a little bit breezy. Perfect for sports, if that’s your thing… And it certainly is for today’s new Beastie!
Galway Hurling Beastie, by CrawCrafts BeastiesMeet Galway Hurling Beastie!

Hurling is one of Ireland’s traditional sports, and if I were to describe it (from a completely non-expert point of view) I’d say it’s like someone blended hockey and tennis. It’s played with a wooden stick (the hurley, usually made from ash wood) and a little hard ball (the sliotar), so there’s your hockey connection. But unlike hockey, the ball is allowed to leave the ground… in fact, I’m pretty sure it spends most of the match in the air! It’s frequently thrown and then smashed down to the other end of the pitch, as in a tennis serve, or carried egg-and-spoon style on the end of the hurley, while the player runs with it. Skillful, right?

I’ve paid monster tribute to this sport before – you can meet that first Hurling Beastie in this post from 2015 – but this latest project called for a more personal touch. First of all, let’s show where his loyalties lie, with a hand-stitched shirt in his county colours!
County Colours - CrawCrafts BeastiesGalway is one of the top hurling counties in Ireland – they’re currently ranked third after the 2016 Championship – and their maroon-coloured strip is one that even a layman like myself can pick out of a lineup! I also made sure to emblazon this miniature version with the county crest, and the logo of their main sponsor.

And on the back, a little bit of extra customisation to help him fit in with his new family!
Personalised Hurling Shirt, by CrawCrafts BeastiesNext, how about some nice red hair? Well, he is an Irish Beastie, after all!
A Redhead Beastie! CrawCrafts BeastiesHe’s also the first Beastie to have brown eyes (look closely), and I’ve given him glasses modelled on the ones his new friend wears!
Brown-Eyed Beastie! CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd of course, to complete his kit, he gets his own Beastie-sized hurley and sliotar!
Beastie-Size Hurley and Sliotar - CrawCrafts BeastiesAnyone fancy a knock-about in the park? Or are there any other sporting Beasties you’d like to see? Let us know in the comments!

Aaaaand next Tuesday, I should have a fresh new Explorer Beastie adventure for you all… So stay tuned! See you then!

Hurling Beastie's Hurl - CrawCrafts Beasties

Last Days of Summer…

Hurling Barróg Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties
Hey there, sports fans! It’s new Beastie time again!

And since this is the last full week of August – and, in my mind, the end of the summer – I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you to one last Summer Barróg Beastie before we head into the autumn. So, without further ado, let me present – Hurling Beastie!
Hurling Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties
I have to confess to having had very little contact with Gaelic games and the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) before I moved across the border to Dublin. I suppose my profound lack of interest in any kind of sport (Irish or otherwise) probably didn’t help matters. But I do remember the first time I saw Gaelic football and hurling on TV… I was watching the news on the ancient 1980s TV I had in my college dorm room, and I didn’t get a chance to switch it off before they moved on to the sports. The football coverage was on first, and what made me stop and watch open-mouthed was the extent to which the players seemed, to my very untrained eyes, to be just whaling on each other. Then they moved on to talk about the day’s hurling, which was the same story… but this time the players had weapons!
Hurling Beastie's Hurl - CrawCrafts BeastiesI was transfixed – this seemed so much more fun than regular football, where the players fall over clutching their knees and wincing if someone so much as looks at them, or the lacklustre hockey and netball I was made to play in school.

So when I was trying to think up a sporty-themed summer Beastie with an Irish twist, I just had to have a go at making a hurling player. In some of the larger parks in Dublin (like the massive Phoenix Park, for example), a sunny day will see kids taking their hurls (that’s the stick, traditionally made from ash wood) and sliotars (the hard little ball) out for a knock-about, to hone their skills. And it is a skilful game… you can hit the ball on the ground or in the air, and although the rules allow the ball to be carried over short (4 paces, officially) distances, most players choose to keep possession by balancing it on the end of their hurl and running with it. Given the trouble I had with the egg and spoon race in primary school, this kind of ability is pretty much superhuman in my book… and don’t even get me started on the goalies, whose job it is to stop the rock-hard, speeding sliotar and prevent their opponents from scoring. They must have nerves of steel!

Anyway, having kitted Hurling Beastie out with his hurl and sliotar…
Hurling Beastie's Hurl, Closeup - CrawCrafts BeastiesHurling Beastie's Sliotar - CrawCrafts Beasties

It was time to let him outside to play!
Hurling Beastie goes outside for some training! CrawCrafts Beasties
Unfortunately, it wasn’t long before he lost his ball in the long grass!
Hurling Beastie loses his ball in the grass - CrawCrafts Beasties
Ooooops! Something tells me he has a long afternoon of searching ahead… I’ll let you know how he gets on!

In the meantime, if any of you would like to find out more about Gaelic games, you can check out the GAA’s official website here!