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jane smallcombe

Oooooh I love the ring - just my cup of tea!! Enjoy your knitting group!! Jane x


Oh that's lovely! What an unusual gift and pretty colours too. You make such gorgeous things, I always love coming to have a look.



How fantastically original!


Great ring, Im sure she'll love it. The colours of that yarn are fabby, so lustrous. (I like that word!) I just presumed the tennis would be on this evening, like Monday, so was a bit disappointed to return from my shopping to hear the whole thing was over. I was therefore saved the Liberty vs tennis dilemma!
Hen x


Oh my - that is gorgeous. I am such a novice compared to you....
Was the pattern your own, or was it from a book? Your friend is a lucky girl indeed. A xx

Cath W

Such a lovely ring - those colours! And I'm happy for Mr Murray, but as a crestfallen Aussie I admit to *almost* shedding a tear when Mr Hewitt went out. What a battle! And the Ashes are imminent so it's war in our house (hubby's a Brit)!
Have a great evening Vanessa.

Kate Bruning

Stars above that is my favourite crochet thing I have ever seen. Did I ever mention that you are a goddess. By the way, I think Hugo (from the holiday snaps) may just be Julian Sands little brother - I think the hat may have helped. Just a little bit scrumptious...

Kate MacDonald

That is brilliant and so original.
I missed AM as I was out in the garden so will get highlights this eve. We HAVE to cheer him on as my B went to school with AM's mum!
Ohhh that there was a knitting group near here. I am going to a felting group tomorrow night so that should be good.


I am impressed! Such a good idea, and such tiny thread!

Moe (Seaweed, Roses & Wool) x

you never cease to amaze me the ring is just too sweet, I would never even think to make a crochet ring! I hope your friend appreciates all the hard work and thoughtfullness that you put into her birthday gift, although she sounds like the kind of Lady that would, As for me I am running out first thing to buy some of that thread its amazing!
Moe x


It was a bit quick wasn't it Vanessa. Managed to get Isabella to help shell broad beans with me on the sofa so that I could see it! Love the ring and can definitely see the geraniums in that red xx


I LOVE the ring you made! Your friend is a lucky lady to have such a gorgeous present. Any chance of a tuorial? :-)

Helen Lambert

oh I love it...I would love to make one where did you get the pattern?...please share...very lovely BROWN hand there V...has someone been on holiday I and hugs H


I wasn't aghast at the smallness of the crochet hook... when I tell you I once used sewing thread and the finest of hooks I could find, for a dolls house project, you will understand why! Isn't it lovely when you can give something handmade and know it will be appreciated.


I knew the Greek influence would soon kick in, that ring is lovely.


that ring is just gorgeous, I bet she will be thrilled (well, who wouldn't be). Tennis is getting exciting isn't it - fingers crossed for an exciting final!


Oh my, I literally YELPED when I saw that ring! Beautiful and inspired - anyone would love it!
I know exactly what you mean about knitting group - haven't even told the other ladies in it how much I love mine because I'm worried they'd think I was crazy! xx

Mary Poppins

You are far too clever Vanessa :) You have a wonderful eye and I love looking at your beautiful makes.

What a perfect little gift for someone very special, i hope she treasures it as i would , though I bet she does :)



Semi-final day today. Go Andy!
Groovy ring!

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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