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  • Would you like to award someone special a knitted rosette? See the pattern to knit one here!

  • Little Squares Scarf, (quick pattern).

  • Little Squares Scarf, (step-by-step pattern, with lots of step-by-step photos).

  • How to sew up crochet or knitting with an invisible stitch, step-by-step tutorial

  • Sisterhood Crochet Blanket pattern for square.

  • step-by-step pattern for Sisterhood Crochet Blanket square. Makes crocheting this pattern a doddle for beginners!

  • step-by-step tutorial for some basic crochet stitches

  • Tara's failsafe cup cake sponge recipe

  • knitted slipper pattern

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Jane was one of the reasons why I started blogging too! And she's the reasons that I've found you!


Hello! I love the bunnies at the begining of your blog. Janes book is fab and the people that give it negative critisism either don't get it, are paid to or live a different way to crafty people. It all makes for a more interesting world I suppose!


Welcome Vanessa! I am adding you to my list of favorites: I love your Miss Marple entry and the lovely cardigan. You, Jane and so many other are an inspiration to your readers! I look forward to many more of your entries.


hello vanessa - you're on my typepad list now too! love your photography (and the miss marple cardi - wanna make me one?!) xx


the book looks like a beauty...who knew making beautiful things could be so controversial


hello there - I'm a fairly new blogger too and also enjoying Jane's book. I remember seeing the Miss Marple pattern in the Rowan magazine - the colours you've used to knit it up in are lovely!


I have a copy of Jane's book..isn't it beautiful..and inspiring!


that book is on my wishlist, I love Janes blog too, and I'm very impressed with your knitting - I keep trying but I'm pretty hopeless, those bunny egg cosies are adorable.

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Hello there, thank you for adding me as a link....and subsequently, thank you for this beautiful blog. I'll make it a regular visiting place.


I also have this book and love it and Jane's blog. She's a lovely woman and sent me a very nice email once which was so kind and much needed at that point in time. That evil journalist who was so mean about her (was it in The Telegraph?) is a silly, bitter woman who needs more cupcakes in her life!

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  • Hello, my name is Vanessa Cabban, and I'm so pleased you've dropped by! I'm an artist and illustrator, working from home. I have two Miniature wire-haired Dachshunds, Ellie and Douglas. I love being part of the blogosphere, reading your comments, and feeling like I'm part of a community. I hope you enjoy reading about my small world.

Books I have illustrated!

  • The Best Gift of All

  • Book and dvd,(narrated by Kevin Whateley), of Bringing Down the Moon

  • There's a House Inside My Mummy

  • The Magic Donkey Ride

  • Down in the Woods at Sleepytime

  • Dear Tooth Fairy

  • Dear Mermaid

  • No Place Like Home

  • Diamond in the Snow

  • Bringing Down the Moon