Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The TRIBE is growing...

More INNER BEASTS to share today...

I really do love each and every one of these guys!

So often our creations look even better in real life too,
 so I can only imagine how truly adorable these creatures must actually be.

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Are you familiar with the children's book

This INNER BEAST created by Andrea seems like
 it would fit right in with the illustrations in that story...

The eyes are odd, and the horns are mismatched.
It seems that the row of pink stitches directly under the eyes could almost be the mouth,
but in my imagination it is stitched closed. I wonder why?

Andrea has added extra yarn tails to the head...
some are knotted, some plaited,
and there's some curls hidden in there, too!

If you look closely, you'll see that this beast is weighed down by a ball and chain...

Which is a shame, because I want to DANCE with this beast! 
I know it sounds bizarre,
but there’s something about this creature that makes me want to dance… 
I can almost hear the beating of a tribal drum… and I’m starting to tap my feet..



Inspired to make a second creature,
Andrea then brought this THREE HORNED BEAST to life...

I love the way the red eyelash yarn at the bottom of the face
 makes it look as though he has a beard,
and if you look really carefully 
just below the beard and slightly to the right
you'll spy his wooden heart



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Sometimes you start out following a pattern... and then get a little distracted.

Like Margaret did when working on her beasties below!

Apparently she didn't read the pattern properly,
her stitch count was incorrect,
she only used a single strand of yarn,
and the arms and legs don't match!!!

Yet still they look INCREDIBLE


 This beast speaks to me of great happiness.

I think it begins with the ruffle around the neck, 
which makes me think of a circus clown...
there's all those bright and cheery colours,
then those sunflower eyes
(we all know that sunflowers are the largest, happiest flowers of all time)

I love that she is suspended for the photograph,
allowing all those yarn ends to dangle freely...
almost like tentacles!



Riding on the success of her first beast,
Margaret created her second one, and called her LILYFUSS

She reminds me of a quaint old duck,
struggling between her head and her heart.
Her heart tells her to be true to herself,
 to embrace each and every one of her quirks,
and refuse to age gracefully...

But her head tells her to be graceful, demure and proper...
to pop on on her pearls and her fancy hat,
and conforms to society's norms. 

(maybe I read too much into that one!)

 

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Meet MURGATROYD ROUGE
created by P

Those red horns make her look like a complete devil,
and the eyes are so overstated!
They remind me of the old saying
EYES LIKE SAUCERS
(used to describe someone's expression of amazement)



P also made a beast for her friend...

this one is called GRISELDA GRIS
(doesn't she have an incredible knack for naming beasts?!?!)

GRISELDA has STARS IN HER EYES
(another wonderful saying, used to describe
 a feeling of blind excitement and hope for the future)
the most precious little knot for a nose,
and a fabulous mop of hair on top of her head!



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I know you want to see more of the tribe,
but you'll just have to wait until tomorrow!

* MEANWHILE, HAVE YOU MADE YOURS YET? *

You know you want to, and the pattern is FREE

Monday, January 16, 2017

Multiplying Beasties

These INNER BEASTS really are breeding...

and some of my friends are responsible for MORE THAN ONE creation:

Jorel has been working with my patterns for a number of years now,
and I always find her take on them refreshing!

She would always come up with something totally outside of the box...
and I love watching her creations emerge.

Sadly, Jorel had lost her CRO-JO
(her crochet mo-jo, of course)
and her creative spark had gone walk-about...

But something about the INNER BEAST has piqued her interest,
and she has surprised even herself, by generating an entire tribe of QUIRKY beasties.

Jorel has been making beasties to give away, to people who need to externalize some bad stuff.

(and, don't forget - I only published this pattern two weeks ago, this woman is on fire!!!)

 Her vision of these beasts is that they become the repository of all that bad,
so you can move forward without burdens holding you back 

I LOVE THAT IMAGERY!


It was mentioned in the forums that this little guy almost looks like a baby, 
reaching his arms out - asking to be picked up. 

Now that I have seen those outreached arms, I can't un-see them!

I love his baby arms, the jingle bells around the neck, and those really unusual eyes



Loving the mismatched flowery eyes,
 and blue and purple together always create a visual treat for me



Meanwhile those tails of ribbon yarn give some variety to the texture...



I like to think of this guy as a little jester!

Possibly the out-turned horns, with the dangling pom poms?

He just has a mischievous quality about him, 
and you just know that as soon as your back is turned he'll be up to no good!!!

(he's got those soft fluffy feet for sneaking around with, too)


... and now Jorel is working on an ANGEL BEAST
for a dear work friend who is coming out of a particularly rocky 2016...

Apparently it's not yet finished - but I think it's perfect already! 

Some of the pieces are only pinned in place, and Jorel is contemplating a change of eyes...
but wondering whether the sad look might in fact be perfect for this project.

The recipient is a cat person - so the ANGEL BEAST is sorting a cat necklace,
and may end up with kitty ears instead  of horns...

We'll have to wait and see



Do you see how DIFFERENT these beasts are?

How they all have their very own personalities?

And even though ALL FIVE of these beasts have been created by
 the same person - they are all wonderfully unique???

Isn't it a brilliant display of how creative and clever people can be?

*** TRY MAKING ONE OF YOUR OWN ***


* give it a go - you can't possibly go wrong * 

(any "mistakes" you make will simply become design flaws, I promise!)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Taking over the world... one beast at a time!


So, the strangest thing happened... 

Two weeks ago, I released an unusual new pattern.

It was a little odd... left of centre...

not at all mainstream!


 


I wasn't even convinced that anyone would use it...

I expected maybe two or three people to join in the fun...

I was kind of WRONG!!!!!

Already the pattern has been downloaded almost 500 times,

and the family of INNER BEASTS is growing

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Let me share some of the images which are warming my heart.

These are NOT made by me,

but are either made using my pattern - or are inspired by it...

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Loren is the brains behind the INNER BEAST MOVEMENT, as she is the 
clever one who challenged me to design a beast and create a pattern to be shared with others.

This is her BRAINLESS WONDER!

Part beast, and part gremlin...
 He loves to tangle Loren's yarn, 
hide her tools (especially the yarn needles) 
and otherwise thwart her efforts to finish projects

You can view Loren's project page here - and read more about him

I especially love the blue "outie" horns, those mismatched eyes... 
and the tufts of yarn at the side of the face, 
where I imagine his ears are - and also on the top of his head


 
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Meet Leslie's Inner Beast...

Of course, purple is my favourite colour - so I was always gonna love this guy!

But check out those tufts of hair and psychedelic eyes

(don't stare at them for too long or your head will start to spin)



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Cyra has gone all ARTSY with her contribution
(and I love it)

Meet BERTHA BLING... her friends call her BATTY!

Half woman and half beast, Bertha occupies her days by creating havoc and laughing very loud.
 
She's been known to kick over glasses of water, hide the back door key,
leave a tap running in the bathroom, tip over a box of yarns... 
and even left a hand/claw print in the un-set jelly!!!

But how could you possibly stay mad at her?

She's glorious - and reminds me of a Greek goddess!



I also love that's she has mastered the 
"DUCK FACE" pose, when taking a selfie!

 
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From artsy to SWEET... meet Heather's creation!

It looks to me like this INNER BEAST craves sweeties...

(I'm sure we can all relate to that)
 
I'm in love with the featured beads, the button heart... 
and who can resist a glitter pom pom nose?!?!



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Last one for today is MAMA'S SCHATJE by Ria...
 
Schatje means Sweety... 
and Ria made the beast for her mother (who suffers from dementia)
in the hope that it will help her when she's feeling down or angry.
 
I don't know how Ria's mum feels about this little guy - but I LOVE HIM
 
Especially the way his body is so consumed by yarn tails,
that it almost loses it's shape entirely... it makes me wonder whether 
he was a SHAPE SHIFTER in a previous life

He somehow manages to look like a pile of yarn ends 
(left over after weaving in a large striped blanket, or something similar)
just lifted itself up from the counter and came to life!
 


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But we can't be finished JUST yet... 
because I haven't spoken about our PRISONER from the top of the page 

Clever Nell is the mastermind behind this one...
and the reason I have been singing "he used to bring me roses, I wish he could again"
(for those non-Aussies who might not be familiar, it's the theme song from Prisoner, 
an Australian soapie set back in the late 70s/early 80s... have a listen here
 
Nell was also my partner in the yarn swap,
 so it is her yarn ends you see on display in my INNER BEAST pattern 
 


Nell has added dangly messes coming from the head of her beast, 
to represent all the miserable thoughts he’s trying to throw at her... 
and a comb over hair do, just because it suited him!


But it didn't stop there...


Nell also went on to create a miniature beast - using embroidery thread and a 1.25mm hook!

The very aptly named MISS BALANCIA was created to remind Nell to seek a balance in her life. 

She’s about 3 inches tall, and carries a fan in her long arm to cool down Nell's racing mind. 
She has punk rocker clones knot spiked hair, and a diagonal mohawk down her back and tummy.
Oh, and she has a pink moustache, which apparently matches Nell's.

(I've yet to meet Nell, but with a pink moustache - it sounds like she'd be easy to spot in a line up)

Here's a photo of those two beasts together, 
so you can really appreciate how TINY the MISS BALANCIA really is!


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I'll be back soon, with more photos of the ever growing tribe!

You're welcome to bring your very own INNER BEAST to life...


and there are several CROCHET-ALONGs happening on Ravelry

Join in the fun, in one of these three places:



 



 








Monday, January 2, 2017

Yes, it's ANOTHER unicorn...


It's official.


I am obsessed with making these unicorns.
 

They are just so adorable...


I don't seem to be able to stop.


Here's the pattern, if you need to make one too!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Inner Beast



Could I possibly design an INNER BEAST DOLL? she asked

One that would represent your voice from within...
the one which which fills you with doubts… 
makes you question your decisions, 
your happiness, and your ability to succeed. 

A nameless, faceless creature – who needs to be tamed! 

A creature you can pinch and poke, and throw across the room.
Scream at, jump on, and bite on the butt if you need to.


 


A creature with the following characteristics...

(most of which I managed to stick to)
human shaped
no face
horns
crazed eyes
big butt
could sit on a desk
legs that are easy to grab
use crazy yarn and solid held together
worked in crochet



I love how the crazy yarn blurs the edges of his shape, 
even if it made him really difficult to photograph clearly!




The eyes were actually added as an afterthought,
as it was so difficult so see any details in the photos, 
and you just needed something to pinpoint where the face was.

I actually loved the anonymity of him without eyes… 
and may end up removing them again…



This piece was designed to complement the Magic Ball Swap 
held in December 2016 at the International Freeform Forum.

The pattern is available as a PDF download from Ravelry
(currently free)


If you'd like to chat with others working on the same project,
(or just check out the other INNER DEMONS as they are released!)

and if you're new to the idea of Crazy Yarn - check this out







Saturday, December 10, 2016

Copper Star Creation



There is a wonderful ADVENT CHALLENGE which runs each year
over in the laughing purple goldfish group on Ravelry


Each day during DECEMBER, a nominated member will post a
Christmas Decoration they have made using recycled goodies

It's truly incredible to see how creative some people can be!


I’ll be honest here…

I didn’t really have much time to allocate to the challenge this year!

Even all my brain space is currently occupied with a million other things at present…

But somewhere in the deepest, darkest corners of my mind, 
an idea started to filter in - and I just couldn’t shake it.

I wanted to create the most glorious Christmas star
using some of the copper wire I have been stripping from old electrical cables…

In my mind it was perfectly shaped from all angles, each arm was identical,
 and the centre of the star was slightly raised to form a small peak…

In reality, it’s a little quirkier than that - AND I LOVE IT

Best of all - since I already had the wire stripped - this star took about three minutes to make!!!!

(it’s taken me longer to put this post together, than it took to make the decoration)

I just formed myself a basic star shape, 
wrapped the arms a few times to bulk them up,
 then a few wraps around the centre to bind it all together…

Oh - and a tea bag string for the hanger! Of course.


Sunday, October 16, 2016

We call him EINSTEIN...


Still fluffing around with my surprise project


but I was also under a LITTLE pressure to finish Charlie's unicorn for her



Actually, it wasn't a LITTLE pressure...

Charlie is FIVE years old - and understands nothing about moderation or patience!

So there was a huge pressure for me to complete this cuddle toy for her...




Is mine finished yet?

Is it finished yet? 

What about mine?

You said you'd make me one!

Where's mine?

Why isn't it finished?

MUUUUUUUUM....WILL I EVER GET ONE?????


Yes.

and here he is...

I got a little carried away with the amount of yarn in the mane,

so we call him Einstein.