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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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Welcome to the blogging world! I just found you via the comment you left on Jane's blog... Love your photos - those bunny's are ADORABLE!


I've just found you via yarnstorm too and I've also just started to blog although you are WAY more advanced in the picture department. I can only make teeny weeny things, but I will try again tonight....


I don't mind at all (if you knit, I mean). Congratulations on your new blog. I love those yarn colours - what are you making, I wonder?

Sally Anne

Sweet peas are my favorite flowers too, and the colours of your yarn are gorgeous.I too have posted a piece on sweet peas and knitting.


Hi, your blog is beautiful!
I also found you via Jane's Blog.

susan hughes

I just love your blog, Vanessa, and your beautiful photographs - looking forward to more !


Your photos are so pretty. I love sweet peas so much they remind me of my grandmother's garden.


Wow!! Look at those colours they are gorgeous!!


you are so right about flowers from people's gardens Vanessa. I wasn't very well last year and had a long time off work. Friends sent flowers, beautiful hot house arrangements, birds of paradise etc, but the flowers I remember with tenderness and a little moistening of the eye, are a modest bunch of sweetpeas in a bright pink plastic beaker fresh from my sister and her BF's allotment. I can still smell them and feel their fragility.

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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