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you color choices are fantabulous!!! Do you have an entry telling us which yarn and what colors? I would like to use these myself sometime. ta-ta!


Your blanket is yummy!! I love the colours that you have used...the green is gorgeous!!!! I can't wait to see it finished!


Ah Vaness, the blanket is looking wonderful, I am so envious, I have just the spot for it here in the HenHouse, you know! Your garden looks just as fab in the rain. Thanks for the bloggy comments, you definitely need to take up patchworking too, I can only imagine you'd build up an awesome fabric stash! The Munchkin is indeed sporting a Stanley t-shirt, courtesy of the Cath K sale, half price. He was meant to be wearing it on the weekend but appeared for breakfast in it this morning and I didn't have the heart to make him change! I'm off to Sarah Raven's garden at Perch Hill tomorrow, I am rather excited!
Have a lovely weekend.
Hen x


Lovely garden!!! And gorgeous blanket!!!


wow , I love the colors and your have an awesome garden !
have a nice weekend,

kitschen pink

you have an incredible eye for putting colours together. This is just a stunning piece of work! Now, what are you doing using your computer whilst there's a storm in the air?! We are fortunate here - the slightest hint of a wet breeze and we lose internet and as the thunder rolls in from 15 miles away across the back field we quite often lose electricity too! The joys of Norfolk living! t.x


What a lovely cozy post this is, Vanessa. Your crochet blanket is so pretty...I adore those couple of shades of green you are using. Enjoy your glass of wine and your weekend!


oooo yummy eye candy gorgeous colour love it !
yes I do have my about to be the weekend drink to hand and now all smiley at your lovely chatty post with equally lovely pictures :-)
have a fab weekend
lesley x


Hope your weather improves for the weekend. Rain in summer is lovely and refreshing but not too often! Your crochet blanket is gorgeous and the colours are perfect, must be your artistic eye at work.


what a fabulus throw, the colours are yummy. a real treat to look at . Tx


The blanket is looking gorgeous, so many lovely colours. I am looking forward to seeing the finished item. Your garden is also gorgeous. I am quite envious. I might have to go and have a glass of wine myself, now that you have mentioned it!

Bobo Bun

You've got far more staying power than me. It looks so inviting that blanket of yours, it does need to be finished to you can snuggle under it and listen to the thunder.

Have a great weekend being cosy Vanessa.

Lisa x


your blanket is gorgeous, love the mix of colours - your garden looks very fresh too

Isabelle (France)

What a beautiful view from your window!!! And what a gorgeous blanket! The colours are very special, they irradiate calm and love, I think.
Will miss reading you during the weekend too. A lundi!

Mummy Boo Bear

Well Colour me sideways colour me backways and colour me HAPPY! lol. That. Blanket.Is. Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!

I dont knit, but sew, but seeing that wonderful creation I sew want to learn! (I did do knitting when I was young about eight, but there was only so many lopsided tank tops my sis could bear to be forced into. (Always my guinea pig bless her!) Of course she was sooooooo much happier being shoe horned into my later sewn creations!!! NOT! LOL.

Enjoy your wine, your man, your lovely garden, doggies and of course the amazingly coloured blanket, this weekend. After all that hard work you deserve it.



Please, please, please send the sewing in the ends fairy my way. My blanket has been waiting for months now but the next project is always so much more exciting. Your blanket is stunning. I love the colours and the border just sets it off. Gorgeous photos of your garden too.


Truly gorgeous colour combination, Vanessa. Are you going to block it?

Lisa xo

sarah london

oh vanessa your crocheted blanket is absolutely gorgeous! love love love it! and your garden is amazing!


The blanket is really gorgeous. I love colour too and those are just wonderful. I'm crocheting a cotton bag at the moment, using ice-cream sundae colours ( well that's how I'm thinking of them!, so with each colour change, I can imagine a new , delicious summery flavour! Have a lovely weekend.


Beautiful colours in your blanket Vanessa. Such a different combination from what seems to be around at the moment. How gorgeous is your garden too? Happy weekend x


Your garden and blanket are both gloriously summery and complement each other beautifully, look forward to seeing more. Weather here is awful too, I was tempted to light the fire yesterday but it just doesn't seem right in July. We have flexible plans for a bbq with friends tonight, bet we eat indoors. Have a cosy weekend under those squares.

jane smallcombe

The first photograph is fantabulous - the colour is gorgeous and makes me smile! Hugs, Jane x


Your blanket is lovely, looks like it'd be fabulous to snuggle under, preferably with one or two little ones' to cuddle! :o)

Your posts are so cheery, they never fail to make me smile....hugs xx


Beatiful, beautiful colours. I'm really looking forward to seeing this in all it's glory!


Beautiful colours in the blanket and in the garden. x


Oh, I love, love, love all the colors in that blanket! And it looks so soft and ready to use. You've inspired me to sew in all 800 or so ends of yarn on my blanket before knitting the border. It's not such a bad chore, really!


The colors and beyond perfect. It seems like the perfect blanket to curl up in during a thunder storm. I've been admiring this blog for a while now - inspiring!!!

Calico Kate

That is a really super piece of work. Still haven't got my head round crochet yet. I tried the other day to do a chain - very wonky so I pulled it all out again! But seeing this really makes me want to give it a go again. Readers Digest Manual here I come! Thak you for being so inspirational.


Hello, just popped in from menapausalmusing.. beautiful blankets and I can't wait to make something similar when the weather is cooler. Just one question.. what yarn are you using?? I need to order some from the UK.

Susana Alves (mundoacores)

I love your crochet!!!! Can you please post a picture of the complete blanket? Thank you!!!!


The blanket is beautiful in panorama of colors...and so is your beautiful garden.

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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