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This scarf is looking very beautiful!!Nice combination of those two colours, orange and mocha. I like Colour, and I use it quite boldly too. However, sometimes less is more. I'm looking forward for this and the Fair Isle pattern. Thank you for sharing!


I was trying to work out how to make the stripes on the crochet scarf, but I will just have to wait until you put up your tutorial. I like scarves and think I may have a go at a multi-coloured one, slightly out of my comfort zone, but yours looks so good. Have a good weekend.


I love the look of the Sarah London scarf - is it easy enough for a novice to tackle?? (a novice who hates sewing in ends I might add!)
Your stripy dress looks gorgeous - along with your fairisle I'm almost tempted to learn to knit!
Gill xx

Alice @ Crochet with Raymond

Hello Vanessa!
I'm loving the new dress... I can imagine you lookinf all 1960's in it with red high heels and a french twist, can't wait to see it finished! Coooool!
I love the way you so daringly photographed it next to your paints... I would have ruined it for sure!
Lots of love to you for your weekend!
And some big pats and love to Ellie and Douglas too!


Hi Vanessa,
I just love the scarf and can`t wait for the pattern, no pressure.Also looking forward to the new mole book.
You have a good weekend too
Love Carole from Rossendale

Vintage Squirrel Katie

How fab is the dress looking?! Totally love your colour combinations, Vanessa.


Olá...sou sua seguidora..gostaria de saber como se faz o ponto do primeiro trabalho cro-scraf horizontal...agradeço sua atençao...abraços

Jordan 1

I was wondering what is up with that weird gravatar??? I know 5am is early and I'm not looking my best at that hour, but I hope I don't look like this! I might however make that face if I'm asked to do 100 pushups.

Planet Penny

That dress is going to be what my dad used to call a 'bobby-dazzler'! It is tricky choosing colours to put next to one another isn't it? When I was making my big blanket although every square used all the colours the effect and the feeling for each one was completely different. I worked my ends in as I went, not finishing off one colour completely, looping in the next colour and then working the next few stitches over the two ends. I don't know if it would work with the stitch you are using on the scarf but it cut down on huge amounts of finishing off!
love Pennyx


Without wishing to sound like your Granny, I should think that by the time you have been knitting for as many years as I have, which is about fifty on and off (good grief, is it really?) you will be able to watch TV at the same time. I have never read and knitted, I prefer to give my whole attention to a book, but knitting with the television on is something I love to do.
And sewing in ends is as boring as sewing granny squares together to my mind, but unavoidable if you like colours in your work.


I was dreading sewing in all the ends of my blanket but to my surprise I liked it so much that it took me less time than I thought! It just felt extra specially 'mine' tidying all those ends away. Weird. Most people wouldn't contemplate your fair isle dress because of all those ends to contend with but the end result was so worth it. Love your new scarf - grey is my neutral of choice and I think it really enhances other colours. Love the little colour samples too. Was in M & S the other day and several of their big posters were show-casing a fair isle scarf, grey with pinks. It looked rather nice but obviously not the 'real' thing.I don't think I could knit without paying full attention but wouldn't it be nice to multi-task? (even just to watch as opposed to listen to the TV). It's so interesting knowing some of how the book illustrations end up on the page. Isn't it funny (or not actually) how most of our stresses come from the pressures others put on us? To rise above all of that while managing to keep on being creative must be so tricky. But you know, you always deliver and you are nearly there now. I love your stripey dress - I am very intrigued by it and how you have made it your own. I'm glad you are liking it again!


I love your delicious stripey knitting and crochet! Good luck finishing the mole book - I hope it will soon be done!
Helen x


Thanks for saying that you have to sometimes start again with your art work. I have my first book to illustrate and it is a bit daunting as I want to do justice to the words that have been written. Do you do page plans? The crochet and the knitting are great too!


I can see from your palettes you surround yourself with colour - just like me! :o)Your knitting is gorgeous. xx


Oooooh I can't wait for the pattern for the scarf, it looks so effective and stunning colours too xox


Love the colors in the scarf! Ends are my bane! I'm crocheting a zig zag throw and I make it a point to stop every 5 color changes and weave in the ends so I won't go crazy at the end.


Very beautiful colors. So inspiring.


lovely colours, I love that pairing with the orange. And there'll be much excitement here with the news that there'll be a new mole book in the offing - do you know roughly when it might be published, just so I can manage expectations and contain the excitement just a little! Hope you did have a good weekend and got to enjoy a break as well as doing all the work. We had Amelia's third birthday so there were lots of presents, lots of playing, lots of baking and then a lovely day with friends and a party and lots of cake eating yesterday - it was a wonderful weekend, but quite tiring too so we are enjoying taking it easy today and blog visiting !


Those swatches are beautiful... brilliant color combinations!


Wonderful photos, Vanessa, I love ALL the swatches! Please look after yourself, don't work too hard ... happy stripey knitting!

A Thrifty Mrs

Love that scarf! And lucky you with that weather. We're having a time of it with wind and rain.


Did you put the pattern for the scarf on your blog I can't find it? Ros


this is such a gorgeous pattern. I'm just toying with learning to crochet and this is certainby inspiring me, thank you ;-)

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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