Oh Dear.

Well, it reached the point where I was going to start getting calls from the TV show “Epic Hoarders” here at Mumble Manor…so I decided to start decluttering.  We are talking a major downsize.

 

New year, new life and all that jazz for me has been about owning much much less and having much much more room around here so the creative juices can flow a little better. So…I’ve been on a mega dejunking mission.  It got brutal. I mean… I gathered alllllllllllllllllllll my yarn stashes into the same place at the same time and even *I* was a little taken aback at how really offensively large the pile was… SO… To make room in my life for the Whole New Chapter, involving many new changes, I’ve even HALVED my yarn stash.

 

YEP.

 

HALF….

 

*whimpers* …Thing is, I still possess an obnoxious amount of yarn.  *happy dance* What a good job my significant other is totally awesome and doesn’t bat an eye at it all *giggles*.   Patience of a saint, that man :P

My Three Positives Today?

1- That I have all this yarn in the first place,

2 – That I have the ability to make ridiculous/beautiful/amazing things from aforementioned yarn and (most importantly)

3- That my family love me more than enough to accept my random eccentricities and also that my stash will always need a room of its own. Even in those space saving sucky vacuum bag things. lol.

However, if I worked full time at my business (which I’m going to be able to do again later this year – hurrah!) there is probably just about enough materials to keep me busy for about two or three months… whew!

So actually, I’m a very industrious little woollybrain and it’s all totally, utterly necessary…. Right?!

 

 

 

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*NEWSFLASH*

After a long break away from social media and the internet in general, I will be dusting it off and being much more active again. I will soon be making some changes to the way things are run on platforms like facebook and twitter etc. I’ll be updating a few things and maybe altering some album layouts and other bits and pieces to make the site more easy to navigate too. Don’t worry, I’m not disappearing forever, I’ll be back in a couple of weeks, BUT, I will be unpublishing the various social media pages one or more at a time whilst I make the necessary changes and work out what is next for MumblesMummy.

This means that a search via google or social networks will not bring you to the appropriate pages. Don’t panic. That’s the point. So I can change things around on there without filling your newsfeeds with silly posts that in all honesty are probably no longer relevant.  The website will remain up and running at least until after the social media overhaul is done.  If the website will require an overhaul too, I’ll let you know how I can be contacted in the meantime.

If you need to get in touch you can do so via the contact page on my website here: http://mumbles-mummy.co.uk/contact/  Make sure you have the website saved in your bookmarks so you can check in with me when the need arises ;)

I look forward to being around much more and hopefully appearing once again in your newsfeeds, as I at last, finally, return to work in my world of woolly nonsense.

Many thanks for your ongoing support.

Beth.

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Happy Star Wars Day!

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Many thanks to the lovely Lee for modelling his gnarly edition Boba Fett hat, and to Anthony Didsbury Photography for this epic Photo!

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*waves*

*waves from behind a pile of yarn* COOOEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

It’s been such a long time since I posted here.  So much has happened.  So many many things.  I don’t have the words right now.

I AM still here, working away behind the scenes, a lot of house stuff and day job stuff and running around after the mini mumblers… busy busy busy, even managing to find some time to work on some ‪#‎crochet ‬goodies… slowly but surely I’m getting the ‪#‎chaos‬ under control. There has been so very much chaos. *sighs, and looks around and surveys the damage*.

The last few months have been a bit… well, a very lot… of a blur, and hopefully normality will be able to be resumed very soon *gigglesnorts and mutters about as if anything can be normal at mumble manor*.

I look forward to bringing you some new things, old favourites and lots more interaction very soon!

Much love and well wishes.

Beth. xx

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Ravelry Store Sale! 33% off!

Since I turned 33 this year, and the ridiculously heavy rain has put me in a good mood, I decided to offer 33% off all of my patterns in my Ravelry Store ONLY. It’s a multiple use code so you can buy as many patterns as you wish! One lucky purchaser will also receive a special little bonus prize from me at the end of the promotion. The code is “happyholiday33″ .  A little click on RavCham here will take you right to my store:

 

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Please note I’m having to make changes to the website again so my website digital stores are temporarily down.  I’m sorry for the inconvenience.

 

Craftsy patterns are not affected by this promotion and will go through at full price.  Patterns are non-refundable so please ensure that the code is accepted. Please be careful since mistakes will not be rectified once the transaction has completed!

 

Help me share the love, and tell all your hookerific friends!  Promotion starts NOW and ends at midnight 19th August 2015 GMT. GO GO GO!

 

Can’t crochet but want something I’ve designed? Maybe you cant find that perfect item of woolly nonsense anywhere? Feel free to contact me to request a special custom order and I’ll make it just for you!!!

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Favourite. Images. Ever.

*happysigh*

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 I’m sat here knowing exactly how very lucky I am.received_1649579005278412

These two are by far the most amazing things I ever made :D

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Comfort Crocheting

The rain is falling, which makes me smile.  I’m an oddball like that.  But today, I can’t play out in the rain. (Boooooooooo!) Instead i’m hitting my WIPS (Work In Progress) basket and enjoying things that got cast aside for one reason or another.  When this happens I simply work on whatever catches my eye until it either does my head in and goes back in the basket, or is finished.

 

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What’s on your hook today? What’s the WIP? Hit those half-mades and lets see how many things we can complete!

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Happy Star Wars Day!

May the 4th be with you!

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Happy Easter!

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I Spy A Clown Fish

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… because little people all love snuggling… and not all of them want to be a mermaid…

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I Spy A Mermaid

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So Mumble decided that in order to realise her dream of being a mermaid that she needed a tail… and in order to grow that tail she should eat sushi on a daily basis. Sounds like a plan. I figured I’d help speed things along a little by waving my magic wooden stick and muttering for a bit.

Thing is, when you play with hooks for long enough, once in a while things can get a bit fishy… (but always awesome)…Fafa Mermaid

So *poof!*

In true fairy godmother style, look what appeared…right here! Sat playing Angry Birds on my smartphone! She did say she was going to eat sushi until she turned into a mermaid, but I suspect that’s just ‘cos she loves seaweed…so as usual, I let the magic happen…

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And it’s not just her Mumble Majesty that gets to have all the fun! you can too! These gorgeous handcrafted snuggle sacks are available to custom order in all sizes, newborn to adult, any and all colours. Simply contact me to discuss your requirements! (Child in photo’s not included ;) )

 

Patterns and co-ordinating accessories coming very soon!

 

To view the current price list click the image below:

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Half Term Insomnia

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Well, half term holiday is over, the Usual Routine can resume… it’s been awesome sharing extra snuggles with the little people and being able to glide around at a slower, calmer, more mindful pace, taking a breath and enjoying the memories as they happen.

But then the little people get tired and need to sleep (booooooo) and there’s nobody around to play with till Mr. Mumbler gets home after a long shift.  So I have choices, I can kill time on social media (a little is great but too much is a bad bad bad thing :p) orrrr I can bingewatch yet another 15 season long gory something on netflix whilst crocheting…

I’ll post a little about each of these later today or tomorrow (my brain isn’t really doing words this morning after a stressful start to the day) but I wanted to share with you the photo’s of some lovely new designs i’ve been working on.  As ever, they will be available as beautiful handmade items in the colour(s) of your choice, or for the hooky types amongst you, the patterns will be along soon over the next few weeks! Cool, huh?

rosa mia collageSuch a girly pink set for me… those of you who have followed me for a while know that pink is my least favourite colour to play with… but when i saw the colours of this yarn i just couldn’t resist turning it into something warm for a pretty little princess. This gift set is currently available here, and can be requested in the colours and sizes of your chice, simply contact me to discuss!

miami stripesWhy Miami? I BLAME NETFLIX! I went and got myself addicted to “Dexter”, a very gruesome crime series (you have been warned: not for the faint hearted or queasy, it’s incredibly graphic)…set in Miami, the questionably pastelmess of the protagonists shirts definitely set off my need to fuse together these colours in what turned out to be one of my favourite baby blanket designs! This gorgeous set is available to purchase here, or as always feel free to place a custom order to request a bespoke set for your bundle of joy!

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Well, there was rainbow yarn.  Aaaand evryone loves rainbows, right?! This exact set is available to order here or contact me to discuss a custom order in the colours and sizes of your choice!diamonds are forever

See, now this reminds me slightly of Downton Abbey… The colours are so rich and pretty, coming together so well! This particular set is available to purchase now! What kind of colours would you choose for your precious little person? Maybe you’d like one in a larger size for an older child or adult? Drop me a line to discuss your custom order today!let it snow collage

This set is just so cute, a bright electric blue with the most deliciously strong shade of pink, in a lusciously lacy design! This set is waiting for you to buy it here, as with all items, you can custom order in other sizes & colours.
vintage elegance collageThis stunning set has now been sold, but can be custom ordered in the sizes and colours of your choice! Simply contact me to discuss your requirements!

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This beautiful blanket incorporates a feature ribbon saying “my princess” in a beautiful rich red. Why not order it today for your special little girl? Check it out right here!

 

All of the above items as always can be handcrafted just for you or someone you love in the colours and sizes of your choice. Simply get in touch to discuss your needs!

 

The crochet patterns are currently being written up, tested, retested, double checked and prettified and will be available to download soon!

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I Lost The Boy…

Uh-oh.  Those of you who are parents will know this one, if your kids are anything like mine… You tuck them into their beds, you hear them chattering, eventually drifting off… you calmly go about your evening…

Later, you check on them, you creep over to their bed, you blink in disbelief, finding it empty, looking abandoned as if some giant hand has snatched them from the safety of their mattress… Your heart leaps into your throat as in the darkness you forget the tiptoeing around and crash over to the lightswitch…

At 2am, your brain mostly isn’t operating.  Either you’ve been asleep and got up to answer a call of nature or been watching too many late night horror movies…

This happened to me.  The common sense voice in my head, trying in vain to calm me, reasoning that there is no way The Boy could have just vanished, he hadn’t come downstairs, children don’t just vanish… I left the room to look in my bedroom, the spare room, under the beds, the upstairs yarn stash (yes I have one and yes I’ve found him snoozing in there before) the bathroom… I’d just used the loo, but would check it again anyway just in case I hadn’t noticed him snoozing…

Knowing full well that there is NO WAY your child can just vanish DOES NOT stop you feeling scared and sick when they are not where they are supposed to be. We’ve all read the BFG, and we all envision the most ridiculous scenarios when we’re scared.  I checked the wardrobe, the toy boxes, the pile of laundry… and eventually found him, in the one place it hadn’t occurred to me to look, but made the most sense…

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Looks like The Beautiful Blanket has another fan… and since he’s stroked it at least once an hour since he first laid eyes on it,  I’ll be making another for his birthday, in a few days time.  <3 <3 <3  For the story of this, my daughter’s 5th birthday blanket see here.

 

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SPAM!

UGGGHHHH!

spamThe problem with trying to build a website, add blog posts and reach out to the world to share my gifts, is that the more content I add, the more spam comments seem to appear.  I’m new to this, so I’m working it all out as I go.  And, just like in real life, I’m thinking I am really not all that much of a fan of spam.

For the time being, all comments are to be moderated before appearing on the site, so bear with me if it takes a little while for your comment to appear.  I woke up this morning to more than 200 comments to check through for the handful that were from you, my genuine followers.  I’m working on a better solution.  In the meantime, I appreciate your patience and continued interaction.  Thank you so much!

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He Ain’t Heavy

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Don’t Stop Me Now

You know how I am employed by the Princess Mumble and Smallest Mumbler as Maker of Woolly Nonsense upon their every whim?

Well, yeah… I got another “order” ;)

Mumble has decided she really might quite like a beautiful circle blanket for her birthday.  She decided this on Sunday. Less than 2 weeks before said birthday. LOL.  So, being WonderWoman in the eyes of my daughter, what do I say?2014-02-28 09.57.33-1

“OK, that sounds awesome, let’s choose a pattern!”

I offer the usual lacy patterns like the shawls of mine she regularly borrows for snuggling under and playing games with (“They look so pretty, like snowflakes, Ma”.  No… She’d like a beautiful blanket please.

20150121_084742 (1)It dawns on me what she means;  a blanket from one of our favourite pattern books (we’re weird like that, we like to read pattern books together).

Although I normally decide to come up with a new original design based loosely on the images she’s chosen, these patterns are way too enjoyably well written to follow and produce such stunning blankets that even if I DID have the time to work out something of my own, I just wouldn’t.  The book is an ebook by Priscilla Hewitt and can be found to buy here.  I’ve already made one of her beautiful baby blankets last year.  The results are breathtaking. Any excuse to make another and I’m up for it ;)

I asked what colour she’d like.  Bit of a shocker this one, for my pink-and-rainbow-loving, Frozen-Movie-obsessed little superstar.  She’s chosen BLACK. o.O

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Wendy Aran BlackMmmmmmmkay.  I’m excited and apprehensive.  I know that this blanket will look awesome in black.  I know that by using the yarn I’ve chosen it will be beautiful and snuggly.  I’m nervous that this is such an unusual colour choice for my little lady that she may just not like the result.  And since nobody else has made (or at least shared photos online) of this blanket in black, it’s hard to show her ’til the work is done.

Oh well.  If she doesn’t like it, I suppose *I* would have to keep it.  Shucks. #sarcasmfont.

So I ordered the yarn Sunday online and it arrived yesterday morning.  I love my yarn supplier so much. (It’s a tiny independent shop and the service is awesome).  I’ve chosen to use Wendy Aran With Wool.  Not only is it easy to care for, capable of dealing with being washed often (this is for a soon-to-be-five year old remember, and even the most careful kid needs washable blankets ;) ), it’s lovely and warm, great to work with and comes in a “real,” true, strong black (not the really really really dark grey that some are).  It looks smart and “new” coloured, not tired and a little faded. Yum.size j hook

The yarn I’ve chosen is almost double the thickness of the yarn the pattern calls for, so obviously I’ll be using a larger hook to maintain an appropriate gauge.  Essentially, this just means I’ll end up with a larger scale blanket.  The original pattern suggests the finished item will be approx 3ft/90cm diameter.  It’s too early in the morning for head-maths.  I dunno how big it’ll be.  We shall see what happens.

21st January 2015:  10 Rows in and it measures a little under 10 inches/25cm.  :D I think I’m going to have a hard time letting go of this one ;)  Even seeing just the first few rows coming together, I’m a little bit in love with it.

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For those who like to stalk me on Ravelry, you’ll already be aware that I’ve added this new project. For those new to Ravelry, (or stalking for that matter) here is the link to my project.

My deadline for finishing is looming so I’m off to make some headway on this new future heirloom :P  WISH ME LUCK!  All motivational yummy noises, compliments, shares, likes and comments gratefully received :P

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Round 10. After about 2 hours. 10 inches diameter.

Round 18.  Approx 5 1/2 hours total. Diameter approx 19 inches

Round 18. Diameter approx 19 inches diameter. 5 Hours total work time

22nd January 2015.

My brain decided that I need to be able to work out the percentage of progress I have made, and since circles are slightly more difficult to judge than rectangles, I had to dust off some rarely used maths skills and figure it out with some sums…

Round 30.

Round 30.

*Skip this bit and just look at the pictures if you aren’t mathematically inclined ;) For the workings out see the end of the post for updates. :P *

Since I’m using a different yarn and hook than the pattern calls for, I’ll have a totally different sized blanket.  So, to get a ballpark figure I had to work out the theoretically finished details.

67 rounds in total. (Although if I have time I may add more, since I’ve ordered more yarn than I need.  Depends on how much time I have left spare near the end. :P )  3 rounds per inch approx. (based on rounds already worked, since stitches mean that round sizes aren’t consistent) Finished blanket should be 22.3 inch radius (measurement from the centre point to edge) 44.6 inch diameter. (measurement from edge to edge through the centre point. To work out the area of a circle, use the calculation pi = r^2. pi calculation for finished blanket = 498.7in^2
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24th January: Round 44. It really is looking glorious. :P More than a little bit in love now :P


26/01/2015: ARRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!! I’ve not got enough yarn to work all the rounds!!!!! :O

Sooooo, pending the arrival of more yarn, the blanket has been “finished” so it is at least presentable enough to wrap up for tomorrow.  I’ll get more yarn and add the additional rows whilst the little princess sleeps.  I’m really pleased with it as it stands, since it’s already 3.5 feet wide with around 15 rounds to work.  :P  I can’t wait to see my big girl’s face tomorrow when she sees it! :D *scroll to the bottom to see the pic! – sorry it’s a bit rubbish but I couldn’t wait to share!)

Of course we can’t start a project without some music.  And who better than Freddie to start off the playlist this morning? :P


Update 22nd January 2015
Round 19 current diameter = 20 inches. Current radius = 10 inches. pi = 100in^2. 100. 498.7 = 0.2005
Approx 20% complete


Update 23rd January 2015
Round 30 current diameter = 33 inches. Current radius = 16.5 inches. pi = 272.25^2. 272.25/498.7 = 0.5459
Approx 55% complete


Update 24th January 2015

Round 43 current diameter = 37 inches. Current radius = 18.5. pi = 342.25^2. 342.25/498.7 = 0.6862
Approx 70% complete


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My name's Beth. This is my world of woolly nonsense. I am a mum of two, and work from home, making beautiful handmade crocheted and jewellery gifts for yourself or your loved ones. Many OOAK (One of a Kind) pieces are offered, in addition to a range of patterns. Bespoke items can be made or request, custom orders welcomed. Read more

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