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Ooooh Vanessa
Those tights are just gorgeous and so you!!
I love all your lovely pictures in this post and I'm so glad that dear brave Hugo has recovered!


How cute is Ellie in her sun hat, so sweet!!
Love the tights. :)
Vivienne x
P.S. Definitely paint the van duck egg blue!


Hi Vanessa

I love the zingy colours of your tights and the combination with your pink cotton dress is gorgeous. I honestly thought when I saw the first photo in this post that it was from a magazine ! I think you should send it to Aubin and Wills and say Hey look at me wearing a pair of your tights !

Really looking forward to the dress reveal xox


I only recently stumbled across your blog, probably in a search for something knit related. Your gorgeous photographs caught my eye, and I've been returning ever since.

As an American, the idea of visiting gardens is completely foreign to me, but sounds so inviting.

I dearly love the photo of your sweet little doggie wearing the sunhat. I'm sure it must have been the most stylish doggie on the beach! ;-)

Janet Brown

love love love the tights and have already ordered myself a pair!!!! Whether I willhave the nerve to wear them is another matter as my legs are in no way as lovely as yours and I fear the stripes may be stretched too far!!! But you look so fab in them and as already mentioned the photos could easily be from a magazine. Love the doggie hat too - what a sweet little poppet! So looking forward to seeing your knitted dress too. Thanks for sharing!

Janice Perkin

the tights are fantastic - even better than your usual socks! - sorry you didn't enjoy the gardens exhibition - it certainly had great reviews - love the photos of poor Hugo asleep with his furry pillow! - yes heard about the accident on the news - very sad

Erica K

You look adorable!! :D I love the tights, and that is an awesome bag. That would've made my day! My husband and I are seriously thinking about saving for a camper trailer next year. I saw the cutest airstream the other day, and now I need one. Unfortunately they seem to be twice the price of the regular ones, but they're so NICE! And yes, how fun would it be to make it all cozy!?! And just think of the 'savings' when going on a road trip. Let me talk the both of us into getting one! ;D

Can't wait to see your dress!


just read your last post Vanessa, what a tragic loss. the snoozing photos were great.

amazing tights, I assumed it was a catalogue shot xxx


I love the tights and oh so wish for legs like yours to wear them, mine do all the right things for me but not in stripey tights!! Just wondered whether you could wear them with your polka dot shoes....very stunning I am sure!!!!!!!
I love the fashion shoot and the admirer with the hat!! And glad Hugo had some good sleeps, love Aubrey


You bagged some great tights and captured some really happy snaps. The camper van is brilliant, you couldn't possibly change the curtains they must be preserved for the nation.

Crafty Jemima

Love the tights but Ellie in her Sun hat stole the show in that post - the cutest thing I've ever seen!!

Nerys x


Love the tights! I think I have the same dress or one very similar from H&M, will have to work up courage to wear it with red stripey tights _ looks good with the shirt underneath as well! I have watched the toast clip a few times since its launch - i think I will be quite poor after the shop is updated wednesday

Kate Bruning

You're a model - I am whistling right now!!!


Love stripes too Vanessa. Great sunhat! Off to have a look at the Toast film now x


Lovely photos, lovely blog, lovely you, and looooovely dogs

Alice @ Crochet with Raymond

Great post! It was like something from a catalogue! Has your letter all the way from New Zealand arrived for you yet? I asked the fairies to watch over it and make sure it was safely delivered! XX

michelle bilton

Hi i LOVE your blog! ive made your knitted slippers twice! and you are helping me to crochet.I would love to find a pattern for some knee length socks but im finding the bit where you knit the heel really difficult! have you any tips!x


Loving the look Vanessa!


i love your tights - your pics look lovely!!!


Hi Vanessa,
What a brilliant post so lovely and colourful, as ever. Those tights are fab.
I read your last post, you must be very proud of Hugo. All Lifeboatmen are heros.
Looking forward to the Fairisle dress big reveal, you are a tease!
LOve Carole from Rossendale xxxxxx


Oh, you know how I feel about the patchwork quilt-ish curtains Vanessa! I think it's a wonderful plan. My friend Mrs Teapot is posing in front of mine over at my place. They give me serious happiness each and every morning. We're in Yorkshire right now and I'm rather missing them.

Your tights have made me very happy this morning though!

Emma Angel

LOVE the tights! Fabulous!
Ellie looks beautiful in her sun hat.


Great tights - and wonderful packaging. Loved Ellie in her sunhat, too. I'm always hankering after a camper van, but husband, who was dragged aroud the countryside by a carvanning mad father as a child, is completely unmoved by my pleas!
So glad Hugo has recovered.


Lovely pictures, you look so adorable! I also like stripes, a lot. I wear them almost every day. Maybe 90% of my knit tops and shirts have them. Thanks for sharing those great family moments.
Gloria xx

Bertie Meadows

Hello Vanessa, I love your style! You look so happy and zingy, if I saw you walking down the street you would make me smile and I would have to say hello to you.
Bertie x


Cutest stripy tights ever. Ellie makes a sweet little model too!


Goodness you are brave wearing those stripes!

Planet Penny

Amazing tights and I love Ellie's sunhat. If I put one on Higgins it would be eaten immediately! My daughter-in-law and I are on a mission to persuade our menfolk that we NEED a camper van and I am already crocheting the blankets!


Sweet photos of the fun tights!

annies abode

oh how sad - poor hugo.

such snazzy tights - looking forward to the dress reveal - you are so talented.
would love your comments on my latest blog post on peas - thank you

Jenni at Baame Kniits

Love those tights Vanessa! I adore your colour combinations and Ellie looks so cute in her sunhat! And that Van...I can just see you in it :-)

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I agree with Gill. Those tights are gorgeous on you. I love the confidence you show wearing them. I don't think I would be able to pull them off. Maybe if I stopped caring I would be able to. Thanks for the inspiration.

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You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be really something that I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and very broad for me. I'm looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

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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