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Hello. I have lurked reading your blog for some while now, but today's pictures are so gorgeous I just had to comment. Your whole blog is gorgeous!
Pipany xx


you look like you should be in a magazine shoot in the cliff top picture, my out and about knitting seems to be restricted to the childrens swimming lessons, nothing like such a gorgeous location. love the look of that wool, I might have to treat myself........


I adore 2-row Noro scarves, and this is one of the prettiest I've seen. Combining that with the gorgeous scenery (and the dogs of course!), and this is one of my favorites so far of your posts!

Beth P

Lovely - the cliffs and the sea, the yarn, the scarf, the doggies, you! And thanks to Hugo for capturing it all for us.


Noro is my favorite yarn. Love the scarf!

elizabeth of course

Oh my Lord, you are too cute. That photo looks like it's right of of a fashion knitting magazine! The cliff, oh my! The scarf is great, too, haha!

Marie Allen

I love those pictures and I agree with all the above comments. You could publish your own knitting patterns and include those beautiful pictures! I love that green on you and the scarf is perfect. Again, you are so very talented and your blog is delightful.


Great photos! Love Noro, oh, those fabulous colours!

Knitty, Vintage and Rosy


Wonderful scenery - what a great place to knit!
Beautiful scarf, I love pink and green together. I know what you mean about carrying a project with you, what else would I do in the doctor's waiting room, or waiting for my daughter at girl scouts!!!???


Love the scarf - the colours are fab, it would look amazing with my green coat...hmmm, may have to have a go. I've never used Noro yarn - is it 2 different balls or a multi-coloured yarn?
Oh, and you look sooo cool on the cliff, needles in hand!
T x


Awesome scarf, awesome view, awesome photos...just lucky you are to live so close to the sea.


lovely scarf, and what a gorgeous spot to be in.Looks like you all had a good time - am sure Hugo was enjoying taking the photos with such lovely models x


Hi there, I have read your blog for some time now but never commented, however, your scarf is just so gorgeous that I couldnt help myself. I had to laugh at your comment about wearing scarves all year round as I pretty much do the same, living here in Scotland. Have a lovely weekend - jacqui x


Lovely, lovely photographs and the scarf is so Beautiful. Gorgeous colours. I like your blog a lot.
Hope you have a great weekend x


oh those dogs!! I love the scarf too, lovely colours and it goes very well with that wee green jacket that you are sporting. Hope that you and Hugo have a lovely time at the cottage and get a carriage with compartments in :-)

S xx

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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