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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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Wow! that is a colour explosion today sweetie, I am going to have another look x


The scarf looks lovely, I can't wait to see the finished item.

Isabelle (France)

Oh wow, how can it be even more gorgeous than yesterday????


Hello Vanessa, Your scarf is much nicer than that one in Country Living which was way overpriced. Your colours are gorgeous as usual; I expect you are looking forward a teeny bit to autumn so you can wear it. I love looking at back issues of Country Living. I have every one from January 1991 and I endlessly look through them and keep piles of favourite articles by my bed. Glad you had a good day weatherwise - we had some much needed rain down here. Karenx


This is so pretty - what are you using to sew the pieces together - it looks like regualar sewing thread or does it just look that way??? Anyway - another beautiful project by Vanessa!!


The scarf is looking SO beautiful, it looks very soft, fluid.


I love the colors.. one more thing on my project list!


Hi Vanessa,
Ah, it's looking fabby, very droolsome. I'm looking forward to seeing you in your winter woollies, scarf flying in the breeze (or maybe firmly tucked round your neck to keep out the cold). Personally, I think Ellie would look very nice in it or perhaps a little doggy coat version?!
I often look back through CL mag, I have a file of them at the side of my bed, several files in my den and errm, even more files in the "grown ups" living room. I don't always remember them until I open the pages and I still "re-enjoy" them but I do have certain fave issues which are usually from the Summer, filled with roses and picnics and berries. I even buy old copies at car boot sales, either ones I haven't got or (stranger still?) ones I have got because then I can keep one copy pristine and cut the other one up for my scrapbook! When we were looking for a cottage to buy in the West Country, we stayed at an old farmhouse B&B and it wasn't the best (or worst) place I've stayed but joy of joys, there was a whole magazine rack of old CLs I'd never read just waiting for me to devour. Heaven...

Hen xxx


the colours of your scarf are amazing,can't wait to see the finished article


Wow, you've been very busy! It's looking great so far, very inspiring - I'm off to try and make a granny square now, just the one!

Mrs Bun

Sensational Vanessa. Sensational pictures overflowing with juicy colours and then that scarf which we are all drooling over. Agree that much better than dare I say it the CL one. It's the zingy colours for me.

Lisa x


its better than i imagined it would look-well done, the colours are really beautiful together

Naomi Rainford

Don't you just love little squares! i am doing a little squares cushion which you can see on my blog if you fancy a peek! lovely photos.


I'm with Mrs Bun re the zingy colours!!!!

Karen Sanders

Totally love your blog, all the colours of the knitting and the gorgeous photos. So want a scarf like this, it's fab. Cavania, London.


Looking wonderful Vanessa, your posts are so cheery :) I imagine its hugely satisfying joining up all the little squares xx Gem


what glorious colours - just makes you smile!


Beth P

Visiting here everyday is my daily dose of color! I love the scarf and how the little squares are coming together. Very lovely.

Betty Anne

Love your analogy of it 'raining color' and 'sploshing in puddles of color' in your barefeet -- gave me a fun and joyful feeling inside to picture it --Thank You

Anna-Karin, Sweden

Wow, "the colour splash" is wonderful! As always, your photos cheer me up in a way I can't describe, it makes me smile!
Looks like I have to go magazine hunting (Country Living), have never looked in it.
Have a wonderful day!!


that scarf is sure to turn heads this winter... fantastic!!


So it's going to be a scarf? I've seen some photos of the little squares before and din't know what you were going to turn them into... and now I can finally picture the finished project I think it's really good! Wearing it you'll definately be the center of attention :)

P.S. Country Living is perfect! I don't have a chance to buy it often (as I don't live in the UK), but I keep looking at the old issues that I've got and I always find so many nice things, no matter how many times I've seen them before :)


Interesting that you use thread to sew the squares together, and not the yarn of each square, which is how I have always done it. Is there any particular reason you do it this way?


Lovely weather? We had rain :o(

But stopping by your blog sure does highlight the day with all the lovely brightens up my day no end.

And....makes me even more determined that when B and M are back at school next week - I WILL LEARN TO CROCHET!! Or at least, try! Haha xx


Oh, I need a lie down. This is just joyful Vanessa, delicious, colourful, a treasure. Such sumptuous pictures!

Calico Kate

The hatches are battened down today the weather is appalling I have even switched the heating on for an hour or so. So this flood of colour is just what was needed! Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous.
I love reading back copies of CL too and have them all for the past 14 years. Very heavy to move house with and lots of eye rolling!

Janice Perkin

the colours are just magnificent - i just love your blog as the colours always make me feel happy - more of the same please


Oh Beautiful! You're making my fingers itch to make one too!

Sharon Peters

Gorgeous scarf - lovely colours and how lush are the colour of those sweetpeas! My favourite fragrance of flowers! I could almost smell the ones on your blog when I saw them. Lovely !!! Love your Blog!

Nina - Tabiboo

It's coming along lovely and forget 'It's raining Men' more like 'It's raining colour!!'

Enjoy your joining,

Nina x

ps. may I ask what you use to join the square together as I am very new to this crochet lark - many thanks, Nxx


loved the idea of splashing about in rainbows of colour - certainly needed it today as it's been nothing but rain and grey skies here, most depressing, but your post certainly cheered me up - those little squares do remind me of sweeties - was it Tutti Frutti that came in all sorts of lovely colours ?

Am amassing a collection of CLs here too - have had them on subscription this year, and it's lovely to dip in to one and re-enjoy it all - I particularly like how each one is so linked to the season/month. xx


I don't know if I'd have the patience for all that sewing up. Are you going to leave it so the side squares are detached from each other, so keeping the "frilly" look?


Lovely, lovely, lovely! The colours looks great together, you've inspired me to get on and order more yarn! x


What wonderful colours, my first visit here and I feel like I topped up my colour tanks.

The finished scarf promises to be wonderful - and your Sisterhood of Crochet blanket is glorious.


Like the way that you are joining up those pretty little squares. The color progressions are lovely.

I am currently working on a knitting project designed to try to create a great Christmas present while simultaneously using up lots of vintage yarns. Doing this with wool in NYC during the month of August will show how fond I am of the intented recipient.

Once finished with this, I return quickly to crochet. Much faster results.



How perfectly cute! I love your little crochet squares, they are adorable, and the colours are fab! xxxx


i think there must be a rainbow above your house! fliss xx


Though I'm more of a neutrals kind of person, I LOVE seeing your splashes of colour! So happy.

And I share your fondness for Country Living magazine (UK version). It's a bit pricey here in Canada, but I can't resist picking up a copy every month. It's like taking a little vacation in the English countryside. Sigh...

Blue Marguerite

Hi, I'm writing from Blue Marguerite a sharing creative website. I really love your scarf tutorial, it is so inspirational!
Do you think we could include it in our fall feature? We will include a link to your website of course.

Blue Marguerite

Hi Vanessa
I am writing to you from Blue Marguerite a sharing creative website. I really like your little square tutorial, it is so inspirational and wondered if we could relay it for our fall feature.
We will, of course include a link to your website!

Sharo Smith

Would you want some old (1985-1990) copies of Country Living? I was about to throw them away and then decided I'd Google to see if anyone would want them.

Sharon Smith

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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