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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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Congratulations! These yarny awards are wonderful! ~Kelly

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Kate Bruning

So, so, so clever - how did you even think it up - how great are they on your bag as well... love Kate xxooxxooxxooxx.

Alice @ Crochet with Raymond

they look so lovely! The tutorial was great... I liked seeing how you covered the circle, I've never thought of sewing it, I probably would have hashed the whole thing with glue ha ha but now my mind is spinning with ideas. Can't wait to see the dress!


Hi Vanessa,
I still haven`t made one of your rosettes yet, but i will, i will! I have printed the pattern and i know who i want to do one for, so i must crack on!
Love Carole from Rossendale xxxxx


I saw both of your patterns up - last week I think. I think they are both great; I remember you saying that they were really quite tricky to come up with. Well you did really well as both versions look perfect. How fantastic it must feel to have your patterns up there. I love your description of babies by the way - that is exactly what they are like, especially the squeaky and snuffly bit!


What a clever idea knitting rosettes! I'm itching to get my needles out now. :) 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