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

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  • 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

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it looks fantastic, and lovely to have something that reminds you of a great holiday!

what do you do at your knitting circle? well apart from knit - I mean do you have demonstrations, or lessons, or is it more casual?


That's a lovely idea and even though it looks delightful on you...I can't help but go ahhhh at your two furry friends ;)


It is a lovely scarf and so are your dogs! Thank you for the slipper pattern. :)


damn you! :) the picture of the dogs just made me drop my laptop into my lap. arrgh they're too damn cute! love it. and the wool is such a lovely shade, m-mmm-mm


That scarf and those dogs are soooooo gorgeous!


Aw....! They look so earnestly appreciative. :)


Tricia Garrett

Thankyou for the links. I'd love to go up there myself. What time of year would you say was best? Sweet pups!


Well Ellie & Douglas xx What ever next...
Your own PK (PERSONAL KNITTER)...and
All wrapped up in " Cats Paw "...!!!
Have you told Cuddy?
This could be the next "Must Have"
at Crufts...{:>)


the scarf is really beautiful (so are the dogs!)


Great scarf! Thanks for the link.

I'm so happy to see Ellie and Douglas again!


those dogs!! I love em, especially in this beautiful scarf. You knit dreamy things Vanessa, I am afraid my tension would let me down badly on this!! How do you get tension right? is it just practice?

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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