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Another talent to add to your portfolio of creative goodness, congratulations and welcome to the world of Hookers!
Your crochet is exceptionally neat and beautiful Vanessa, the corsage is incredibly delicate then, done with a 1.5mm hook (i'm using 3,5mm for my DK cotton yarn)..yes do attach a pin and model it for us :o), you know, so we can see the scale of it?!


FORPAT********************************************* A SKY FULL OF GOLD STARS AND 10/10 ********************************************


Pat sounds like a really lovely lady, and she has certainly taught you well, that flower corsage is gorgeous.
I think I need to find someone like Pat!


my sister can crochet and it's something that i keep meaning to learn but keep putting off as it looks sooo complicated! However I might just pop over to her for a lesson...thanks!


The flower is so pretty! Well done.


where is this woman? i must meet pat.. failing that, video her and put her on youtube will you? i just can't get it from books. well done on your new skills xx

skypilot61 (almost 62)

You ask can this shift (from knitter to 'hooker' be classed as a paradigm change...the twiddled with phrase "one mans meat is another mans poisson" plays with words and language, which is fun...shift/change? Americans speak of gear change levers and gear shift leavers to describe the same car fitting...

Thomas Kuhn in his 1962 'STRUCTURE OF SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTIONS' ......"modernism tries to teach us that logical change is a fundamental process" and Kuhn offers a parallel notion of paradigm change and shift..

Kuhn view is that paradigm shifts are not changes at all.... because they are equal in measure....

I think it is better to move on from paradigms to conceptual have a wonderful range of diverse talent, photography, writing and a sensitive care for your fellow creatures..

thankyou for brightening up our lives with your never fails to lift and stimulate

Alice C

It doesn't seem fair that you can go from neutral to fifth gear without blinking!
That crochet flower looks pretty spectacular to me.


My coffee table is scattered at this very moment with crochet practice and I've just started my first easy project - a table runner! It's so different from knitting, isn't it? I feel really cack-handed when I'm doing it!
I'll look forward to seeing your projects...


Gasp! I'm suppressing the urge to avert my eyes. A knitter. Crossing over to the Dark Side. ;)


wow Vanessa,
It was lovely to see you yesterday,
Your blog is great and has inspired me to get back to blogging.
You are a very talented lady, your paintings are wonderful and your knitting and crocheting.
You have a wonderful view of life, I hope that never changes because it is a beautiful gift and it makes other people happy.
By the way I love your beaded beads, please bring them to show me when you come for the knitting group in St Abbs, I did teach a little knitting with beads and wire but your beads look very difficult.
Well done on everything you have made and a special well done on your wonderful blog.
Louise x


I am desperate to learn to crotchet but like you I just can't seem to get the hang of it. It seems we all need a Pat to help us! You have given me hope though, and looking at your lovely corsage it only makes me want to try again at learning how to crotchet!


I appear to have put 'crotchet' instead of 'crochet' LOL! You know what I meant though right? ;)

Ros Lister

Vanessa, love the corsage I was wondering where you got the pattern? Or should I say is there any chance of a copy of it!!

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Hello and welcome!

  • 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