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You are a very fine knitter as well as a very fine artist! I love the mermaid jacket. I like the colours and the shaping. I like the look of knitted garments but have never got into knitting, mainly because I can't control two needles and put the wool around without letting go of the needle! Crochet was 'my thing' many years ago. I enjoy the process of crochet but dislike joining the pieces together!


wow is there no end to your talents ? :-)
very nice indeed I really must learn how to knit as embarrasingly can neither crochet OR knit!
Lesley x

beth p

Oh, knitting, yes!!! Please show more.

I love to knit. I knit when we read books out loud and when I'm watching movies, riding in the car, waiting at doctor's appointments, whenever there is a moment that I can use my hands and still pay attention to what's going on...or not! Your jacket is lovely and inspiring. I'm going to be trying some larger pieces soon. Right now I'm working on a shrug. Almost done.

Lovely yarn in the jacket, by the way. What is it?




I love the Mermaid jacket! I've been meaning to buy myself one of those kits, hmmm...never thought of getting hubby to do it for me...

Those colours are lovely.

sarah raad

I can't believe how even your knitting is - lovely, very lovely indeed and it fits you very perfectly!


Wow, that is just gorgeous. Spectacular. And I had been wondering if you'd stopped knitting!


Its a lovely jacket and matches your glasses perfetctly! I can't knit for toffee, you really are a woman of mnay talents.


oh I love the jacket. That is so special

Kitschen Pink

GASP! Beautiful - jacket, scarf AND spectacles! all just wonderful and my oh my I bet it's trickier than you suggest! t.x

Helen Lambert

your are an amazing knitter its just wonderful..if I wasnt such a Mr Blobby I would want fits you like a glove...just gorgouse...I am so glad I have found a fello knitting addict..I knit in the car, the cinema, in front of car, in resteraunts while waiting fr a name it I knit through it...I would knit during a row if pushed!
I started a few years ago so I am self taught relieve stress ....and its a tonic...I have small handbag projects at all times and larger ones for cinema car etc...I do draw a line at knitting in the theatre though...can't wait to see more of your creations...did you see the maggi knits stuff I got on sunday I think you would like them but dont be put off by the crazy stuff.. I will send you a link tonight love and hugs H


It's gorgeous! My friend Jessie has been planning on knitting it! It has such a gorgeous drape! Great job!


The mermaid looks great on you. I am wearing mine right now. A friend has tried reaching Amy with no success and her blog hasn't been updated in a long time.

Any info on her whereabouts or how to reach her?

annet van asselt

Could somebody help me? I'm desperately looking for the spreadsheet for knitting the mermaid, I started but I'm not sure if I am doing the rigt things and it is so much work...

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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