Crochet House Niffler
In a KNUTshell
- Each House Niffler is approximately 18cm tall
- Their body, legs, arms and tail are crocheted in Sirdar 'Alpine' yarn.
- Their snout and paws are crocheted in Deramores 'Studio' yarn.
- Their eyes are hand-painted in the secondary house colours (gold for Gryffindor/silver for Slytherin/bronze for Ravenclaw/dark grey for Hufflepuff) and secured with safety backs.
- They are stuffed with recycled polyester filling.
- Each Niffler comes with a beespoke "beastie book badge" and adoption card, which will certify that they are a FREE BEASTIE.
- Each beastie is made-to-order, so please allow 4-6 weeks from the point of adoption before they are ready to fly home to you!
The Beastie Backstory
Forget the Zouwu (largely because he's still on my 'to-make' list)... the real beastie star of the second FB Film has to be the baby nifflers! Whether flying on wine corks, or diving into Jewellery Boxes, they are unashamedly fearless and determined to live their BEaST life… no matter the cost!
For me the 'niffler' symbolises determination and self-belief. Many of you may be familiar with my own 'Sir Nugget', Bumble & Be HQ's resident Niffler, whose personality is Gilderoy Lockhart mixed with the Weasley Twins. In many ways he is my 'alter-ego', as I am a chronic self-doubter and he is anything but - he is my daily reminder that I mustn't let the 'Mind Muggles' bring me down...
… in terms of House Pride, my hope (and head canon) is that tthe HOUSE NIFFLER can be your ultimate motivational mascot, with an unstoppable degree of self-determination and faith in POSSIBILITY.
The Design Story
The Niffler was the first ever ‘fantastic beastie’ I crocheted, days after I saw the first film. This was also the start of a five year journey to ‘pawfecting’ my pattern, trialling new techniques and trying out different materials until I found a ‘keeper’.
In terms of yarn, my first nifflers were crocheted in standard acrylic yarn, one of those early prototypes being 'Nigel' - click here to see a photo of him alongside Sir Nugget! I then switched to a 'fluffy'/'teddy' yarn, which is the most common brand of fluffy yarn on the market in the UK. Yet for me, my Nifflers didn't truly come to life until I began using Faux Fur. In contrast to 'Fluffy' yarn, which is the type they often use for fluffy knitwear, Faux Fur is truly like cuddling a kitten or puppy - but is 100% cruelty-free, so never fear!
For my house nifflers I use the Sirdar 'Alpine' yarn, which I love for its very natural, authentic look. Even when using less natural fur colours such as green and red, it is still quite muted in tone and therefore feels more lifelike! I am particularly fond of the forest green for slytherin, which I also used for my limited edition winter "Forest Fwooper.”
Yet while the Niffler is very much all about the yarn, for my house nifflers especially the magic is in the little details - namely the eyes! I wanted to reflect the TRUE secondary colours of the hogwarts houses, so hand-paint the eyes with gold, silver, bronze and dark grey nail polishes. I chose dark grey as a “vintage” hufflepuff option, as black felt “just a smidge” too austere for such a gentle soul! As for Ravenclaw; I was adamant that I would BRING back the bronze after years of being subjected to Slytherin’s silver trappings. We have our own colours that deserve to fly free!
As with all other Spew Crew beasties, each Niffler is handmade to my own pattern, so is 100% exclusive to Bumble and Be. As they are made-to-order, it means that no two will be quite the same, but I like to think that is part of their magic - just like an Ollivander wand!
Every single Niffler adopted will also come with their own exclusive adoption card and "beastie book badge", which I make from the secondhand pages of Harry Potter books. Before your beastie flies off to you, I will ask if you have a name in mind and - if so - put this onto the adoption card. On that note, this name will often form the basis for the book badge too; for example, past customers have called Nifflers Newt, Nicholas and Norbert, so I have chosen passages with these names included!
For custom colour requests, please do not hesitate to message me.
Note: MY BEASTIES are inspired by the Wizarding World, but have no affiliation with JK Rowling/Warner Brothers.