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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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Amy Caroline

Those colors are so YUMMY! Have a wonderful anniversary!

Anna-Karin, Sweden

Have a wonderful holiday and anniversary!
Your new scarf is absolutely gorgeous. I'll wait for the pattern :)
Love Anna-Karin xxx


Those scarves are delicious. And I love the way you find a ball of yarn to match with whatever takes your fancy.
I was going to make a crocheted scarf for my daughter for Christmas. You've just reminded me! But the rate I work it would be at least next Christmas before I finished it!
Thanks for calling by. Have a great time while you're away.


As usual the colours are amazing,love the new scarf.Hope you have a lovely holiday and a romantic anniversary.

Sue xxx

Janice Perkin

congratulations - I hope you have a fantastic time - have you got a pattern for your crochet cuffs - I love baby cashmerino - the colours are just SO!!!!


Have a spectacular time! I do look forward to your patterns and blogging about how you inspire me - it is contagious this inspiration thing. ~kelly

unDeniably Domestic


I love your scarf :) Beautiful as always :)

Happy Anniversary to you and Hugo - May you continue to be happy for the rest of your lives :)

Have fun on your holiday!


happy happy happy anniversary, hope you have a truly wonderful time xoxoxoxox

i would dearly love to know the pattern for granny zig zag! i'm in love with ripples but love the speed at which granny's hook up!

looking forward to the post of your patterns.

great blog too - it's the first time i've stumbled upon it!


Happy Anniversary to you!

Hoping that your holiday will be a delight.

Each of these crocheted projects is definitely a delight. Wonderful colors. I am also a big fan of Sarah London, and find it so interesting that our seasons are always reversed...and how that affects our color choices.

I am having a short vacation at home, and so happy with the time it is giving me to paint my watercolor Christmas cards, knit socks, crochet many, many Christmas gifts, and even get outdoors every now and then!



I just adore all your crocheted are so industrious! They are gorgeous.
I do hope you will be able to wear these beautiful scarves on your trip?
Bon Voyage!!


Happy Anniversary! All the crochet is so beautiful - nothing to be ashamed of... ;-) Sarah London's blog and etsy site are yummy!


Hope you have a wonderful holiday. I can't figure out how you made that zigzaggy scarf so I'm looking forward to seeing how it's done.


I must say that I absolutely adore the colors in your photos.

Isabelle (France)

That's what I call a contrast!! All those happy, cheerful, joyful colours, compared to your walk yesterday (the photos of which I really enjoyed too I must say).
Happy anniversary to you and your husband! We also got married in November (18th), very nearly 9 years ago...
Have a wonderful time!
Isabelle xx


hi vanessa
hope you're having a great break - i'm sure you'll tell us all about it when you get back!
i've been following sarah london for a while - i haven't subscribed to hip to hook yet but i have bought a pattern(very well laid out and easy to follow)looking forward to your pattern
happy anniversary to you both
gill xx

Helen Cowans

Hard to believe you have been married for 7yrs. Time flies. Have a great time away.


Love your new scarf - love how the texture and shapes work together. Really nice! Can tell it's really soft too. I love scarves very much - you can do things that just wouldn't work for a jumper and just have fun with it. Hope you have a really nice time while you are away.


Oh my goodness, those colors!! So pretty!


Hello Vanessa, I found your blog when I googled "red and white string" (for christmas presents). I grew up in the 50s and 60s and your lovely blog so reminds me of my childhood. Beautiful colours and knitting and crochet and hand painting.... Oh - gorgeous. I will spend a few happy hours over the next week looking at all your beautiful photos. Thank you.

Magic Cochin

Have a wonderful time on your special anniversary holiday!

I love that diagonal crochet pattern - it's soooooo clever! I'm going to have to give it a try - please post the instructions very soon!



The colours of your work are amazing to say the least Vanessa, just beautiful. That Baby Cashmerino Limey Greeny yellowy colour is an absolute favourite of reminds of a splice ice-cream :)

BTW I feel honoured to be appearing in your blog thank-you so much.

Tam xo

PS have a wonderful holiday...
PPS I have been wantng to make the hourglass sweater forever (it may have to wait until after bubba#5 arrives now) but how have you found the pattern?

Erica K

I hope you have a wonderful, argument-free time! :)

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that scarf, and I'm so very, very happy you'll be making up the pattern! YAY! It looks like crochet-entrelac, doesn't it?

Cee Lew

Your colours are just gorgeous. I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog via Sarah London via Salihan. You've illustrated some of our favourite books. "There's a House inside my Mummy" is cherished by all here.

I will be visiting again to discover the pattern for your lovely scarf. I have recently been admiring the rug my baby is going to bed with lately - handed down from her cousin. I believe it was crocheted for her by a friend of my brother-in-law's family yet it looks so similar to what you've been doing with the scarves and also Sarah's squares.

See you again Vanessa.
Cee in South Australia


Just found your blog through Mrs Twins and Sarah Londong - I love your colours and the zig zag scarf is brilliant hope you manage to do a tutorial I would love to have a go at one!


LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Sarah London scarf!!!! I've been reading her blog, which I stumbled upon and too, was impressed with the colors she uses. Now I have another blog to keep up with - YOURS! Can't wait for that scarf pattern - I'd take it without pictures!!


I came to your blog from Sarah's blog (that's Colour Me Happy, right?). I am in love with the colors you have used on these scarves!! And I'm anxiously awaiting the patterns for the Sarah London scarf (though I think I may have that one figured out already) and the Little Squares scarf. They would both be wonderful Christmas presents...for next year. I have two baby blankets I need to get moving on!!

Rachel B

Love the developing pattern. Look forward to the pattern.


Don't have the time now to read all.. but wooohh so much amazing work! Be back soon!!

Crissy Delecki

I do hope that you will post the patterns for all of the things that you have done above being a newer crocheter I find it fun to try new things and see if I can make some of the things that more novice crochters do. I love you blog and hope that I am able to read it for a long time to come


what kind of dogs are ellie and douglas?


Happy anniversary - hope you have a fabulous week. I absolutely love the Sarah London scart - please share the pattern with us - I'll love you forever!! All your scarves are so yummy.


Can your posts, photos, scarves, knitting, crocheting, paintings, etc. get any more beautiful????? Lovely, Vanessa, just lovely!!!!!!


seus trabalhos são lindos, deslumbrantes. Parabens.


Do you have a pattern for the square scarf? It is so pretty.

Debra Pryor

Please make a tutorial on the Sarah London zig zag scarf. It is so pretty.

gale vanderella

am searching for the pattern of Sarah London scarf.

Elizabeth Treger

Would LOVE to purchase a copy of the Sarah London Scarf pattern - is one available?

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Hello and welcome!

  • 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