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Hi Vanessa
I'm looking forward to seeing photos of your hand dyed yarn - I'd love to have a go myself!!
I've already found min inspiration - another great blog!
Enjoy your knitting group tonight - my crochet group has started to change with the change in ownership of the shop we meet in and I'm not sure if I like it
Gill xx


I just love the idea of choosing my own colours to dye yarn with. Thanks for sharing your links and bunting pics, i am a bunting girl through and through xox


I thought as I was reading "that's not whizzing by" :o))
I love bunting, and don't they look great on your photos!! Very poetic!
A vendredi!
Isabelle xx

Alice @ Crochet with Raymond

Oh Vanessa I have a big bag of specialty hand spun wool too and I just don't know what to do with it!
No project seems enough for this beautiful wool!!!!!
Loved your bunting, lovely!
It's funny to think you're probably at your knitting group this very moment and I'm in my pj's on thursday morning eating breakfast, about to go to work!!!!


The bunting is so cheerful! Enjoy your knitting group!


Hi Vanessa!
Thanks for such nice words about my yarns <3

Yes, I am spinning lovely colours at the moment. One skein is finished tonight but the light is too bad to get nice pictures, I have to wait until tomorrow to blog it and list it over at etsy.

You make wonderful things! Something magic will come out of your collection of handspuns :))

Have a nice day!

Jenni at Baame Kniits

I love hand spun yarn....still a beginner at it tho :-)

That bunting looks great!

Planet Penny

There's something really jolly aqbout bunting, isn't there? I have some in my studio and some in the courtyard outside the studio door which has got sadly frayed in all the wind and rain. Looking forward to seeing your latest project,
love Penny and Higgins xx

Petit Filoux

What lovely photos, I just wish the sky was that colour today!!

Anne Donald

Hi Vanessa - I clicked on a link from another blog to have a look at yours ..... and was amazed to find you writing about Smailholm and buying yarn from Lindsay (aka the Border Tart) I assume you live in the area .... I live in Cavers, just outside Hawick. It's a small world sometimes!! Regards, Anne


You already got the bunting out, on my blog there is something for you to go along with it.


I love bunting whether it is big, small or beginning to look weather-beaten. Pretty pics as ever Vanessa x


I love bunting in all its different sizes Vanessa. Gorgeous pics too x


That looked like a fun day at the fete. Thanks for sharing.


Lovely pics Vanessa - I love those wee fairs too (we'd probably call them gala days here in New Zealand).


Thanks for the nice comments, Vanessa! It was lovely to meet you at Smailholm and I hope our paths cross again before too long. I am VERY impressed at the size of the knitting projects you undertake - puts my handspun hats and gloves into perspective, though!

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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