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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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how lovely, and what a great cake!

Lucy @ Attic24

Oh that cake!!!! Gorgeous!
I know what you mean about knit/crochet groups, I was at mine in the cafe this morning with 4 others and it was wonderful. I'm the youngest, but like you say, age and status do not come into it.
I LOVED seeing your knitting again Vanessa, the Mermaid jacket really suits you, and so beautifully made too. Please do show us more, won't you?


what a cute idea!!!
you have such a cute blog, I love it!

Helen Lambert

The cake is beautiful....did you make it V???? I would love to go to a knitting group but unfortunately none locally and I have such a hectic job with pressure after work with rehearsal and marking etc etc....I dont know if I could commit.... although after reading your post it makes me wonder......

Kitschen Pink

Oh that sounds just like heaven and what a PERFECT cake! t.x

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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