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Oh I was just trying to comment on your last post sending you good thoughts and here you are back to your cheery and colourful self. Well done you. Gorgeous knitting, loving the tunic. I start my day too with a cuppa in bed delivered by Mr FF and I read for a while. It is indeed a great start to the day and I'm all for you having the doggies in there with you, people can be far too hygienic. Hope you weekend is wonderful.


oo your back I'm so happy to see you back, your posts always brighten my day when I see them in my google reader :)

Douglas looks very comfy

keep smiling

Clare xx


Welcome back Vanessa
Glad you feeling better!
Lovely to see how you start your day - Hugo is so well trained isn't he!!!!!!!!

Teresa Kasner

Dear Vanessa, how nice to see your new post! I always turn my laptop computer to show my husband your adorable doggie.. he always says.. what is that? LOL.. I always say.. it's a long haired dachshund! hehe Glad to see you back in your cheerful mood.

I put a giveaway on my blog.. want to give it a go for a pair of my earrings? :-)

Hugs from Oregon, USA -- Teresa :-)


Lovely to read the "bounce" in today's post.
My morning start is similar to yours, DH brings me a cup of tea and the morning paper then the cats climb in.
Have a great weekend, looks like we will be getting some nice sunny weather.
Carol xx


good to see you back....really envy your morning routine x


Glad that you're feeling better after the nasty comment. The dog is seriously cute. Our standard dachshund is going to visiting the dog parlour on Wednesday - he looks a bit like Cousin It from the Adams Family at the minute!


Good to see your lovely doggies share their bed with you, great lifestyle!

Puppet Lady

I like to start the day with a cup of tea in bed too. Trouble is, I usually have to get up and make it myself! I then take it back to bed and read - bed is my place for reading. I'm not keen on knitting in bed, doesn't seem to work for me ergonomically.

Have a great weekend.

Bess at Fixing My Thoughts

Haven't been able to visit for awhile and I obviously missed something, but I'm glad to hear that whatever it was, you are doing better. I just love that tunic pattern and your colors for it are ever so pretty! And little Douglas is such a sweetie. Bess


Good to have you back Vanessa, you certainly sound like your 'old self' again! :)
Vivienne x


Vanessa, So glad you are feeling better. I love the new dress, I am making a summer dress from the new Stitch and Bitch book. Love it but I actually have to knit it to make progress on it, hmmm... now there is a new concept. Knit to make progress.
Have a great weekend,


Great to see you in bed knitting! What a lovely start to the day, mind you I'd find it very hard to stop and get out of bed if it was me!xx

kate is greedy

Oh thank goodness you are back - I was worried (but I have been a bit sick for the past couple of days so I couldn't leave a comment because I couldn't get out of bed). I for one often have an animal (or child - they are the most unhygenic creatures of all) hop into bed with me. In fact yesterday, Grassy thought she was so clever because she learnt how to jump on to my bed - neither of them are terribly good at jumping. And as for cups of tea... is it wrong to admit that I have Archie trained to make me my morning-cup-of-tea-in-bed for days when Jonno is up early milking the cows. I call it training for later in life when he has a partner with similar day-emerging methods. Lots of love, Kate xxooxx.

Aunt Bee

I love reading your blog and all the others I visit, I live in Christchurch, and the highlight for me is to visit blogs of lovely people who aren't in our situation. We are optimistic and positive about the future and the rebuilding of our city, but still nervous as we have after shocks everyday. I love to read about everyone's life and their creations (I think I'm very nosy). I'm glad your sitting in bed knitting, it makes me smile. And we need smiling.


Vanessa, those dresses you've made and are making are all wonderfully colorful and stylish. I can only remember knitting myself a dress once...think it was in the late 1960's. Perhaps it was short enough to nowadays qualify as a tunic!

I do like the way that you get your days started. But I would have to have the cup filled with coffee!

Best wishes. xo

Liz W in Missouri, USA

I almost didn't look in today, bacuse I thought you might not be here - but I'm so glad I did, and so happy that you are feeling better. I think the beginnings of your days are part of what makes you the happy person we all adore. Hugo is a lovely person who obviously cherishes you and wants all good things for you. Lucy snuggles with me, too and I love the morning when she is still a little sleepy doggie and she squeezes in as close as she can to be warm and cuddled.
As usual - I'm in awe of your dresses and can't wait for the day that you will model them for us - perhaps dancing with Evangeline.

amanda makes

What a beautiful Pic of you and your doggy! Sorry you've had a crappity crap time. Well done you for rising above it. Love you loads! Amanda xxx


How lovely to see you Vanessa, it was a wonderful surprise when I noticed that you had posted. Douglas looks very at home under the covers. Our cat is sometimes allowed on the bed, but she only lies on top, and usually about foot level. Glad to see you back, and knitting. Have a lovely weekend.


That morning bed looks blissful.
I am so impressed you have the patience to knit whole attention span is thick wool scarf level these days, I have two fairisle projects on the go, but have stalled on them as one required thinking too hard, the other I realised I had knitted the ribbing completely wrong and it needed to be undone and re-knitted...somehow the easy peasy big knitting is preferred of an evening after a busy day, can't imagine why....


Yipee! I don't understand what happened, but I'm glad everything is back to normal and that you're feeling cheerful.
Bon week-end Vanessa!


There is nothing nicer in the whole world than starting the day with a lovely cuppa and knitting a few rows in bed -especially with a doggy! Love your knitting!:-)

The Muse of The Day

I see that you have found balance. It is a wonderful thing, isn't it? In another few years, when my children are grown, I am going to ask my "Hugo" to help me start my day off the right way with a nice cup of tea. I think it seems so civilized. I am glad to see that your blog is back to normal- that is, it is back to being all yours. You go girl! Carolina


Welcome back!
I don't knit in bed as you do (maybe one day I'll have a try!), but usually I sit on my pink sofa in my work room! And like you I usually knit with my cat Margot, who lays beside me purring all the time ! Lovely! A big hug, Alessandra


I'm so glad to see you back allready, Snuggling up with Douglas in bed looks really cosy! Love your knitting too, the dresses looks really nice. I know all about naughty knitting, starting on one thing, creative mind wandering, a new thing one just have to try, and then after some time discovering a forgotten project at the bottom of a bag or a drawer. But then the forgotten project is much easier to finish because it's allready half done! I call it multitasking :) Here in Norway the sun is allready shining, reflecting in an almost painful manner on the white snow, beautiful! Have a lovely weekend! :)


Ah lovely, glad you're back so soon! Hope that you are enjoying a glorious spring Saturday like we are in the Midlands.
Katie x

Sandi Lee

I would smile like that too if I was able to have a cuppa and a quick knit in bed, but alas I don't have a partner to spoil me, although I could get out and get one for myself, but once out I stay out. It is 10.39pm and I am sitting on the couch finishing off a purply blue knitted dress for my granddaughter and you have reminded me it is time for a cuppa!!
x Sandi


A lovely, thoughtful post. Thats the right way to start the day, thats for sure!

Planet Penny

Aaah, that's the way to start a blog post, a picture of a cute cuddly doggy! Douglas so SO cute...A great way to start the day,and I'm so happy you are on the up again,
love from Penny and Higgins xxxx


I haven't commented before, but I should have because you give me so many smiles. I am a knitter and started reading your blog because of your knitting. I have always enjoyed your colorful knitting, and your beautiful pictures, and your polka dot shoes. But now you are doing these truly amazing sculptures, and I cannot look at Louise or Florence, even on a hard day, and not grin. I didn't have time to read all the comments, but in case no one else has mentioned this, you can keep your stripes from jogging. When you are ready to knit the first stitch in your second row of a color, lift up the first stitch of the row below, place it on your left hand needle, and knit this stitch along with the first stitch of your second round of a color. I hope I explained that so you can understand what I am trying to say. I could show you very easily, except you would have to come to Illinois, or I would have to come to England, and that would not be very easy.


Our first dog used to sleep with me when we lived on the boat...
Dewi is far to big to share.
I wonder if I could get a bit of hookery done before I get up in the mornings...hmmm!!
Take care


Oh the sun is shining again! I think I'll buy some yarn this weekend and knit something springlike.

penelope dubois

Well, all I can say is, I wish I had a Hugo.
However, I have a furry friend who sleeps with me! I have to get my own tea, though.
Love your projects and glad to see you are back to yourself!


What a lovely way to start the day. I get the tea in bed at weekends sometimes, but that's about it! C.x

Alice and Raymond!!!

Well Vanessa I have to say I am so glad to see you back! I popped over to say hello and leave a comment telling you how much I would miss you while you took your break and boom, here you are in bed, a gorgeous photo of you in your life and douglas looking too cute for words! What a lovely slice of life and I have to say, you are enviably lovely in the morning!!!!! How do you do that?
I was going to write to you and tell you that it is so understandable that you take a break, that sometimes it just feels like we need to because even though blogging is fun, we share so much of ourselves with the world and sometimes it can get too "big", well, thats how I feel anyway.... I'm sorry to hear that someone sent you a vindictive e-mail, thats the things with this lark, once we put our views out there, people comment on us and say bullsh*t sometimes which is totally rude, it;s just that the computer is annonymous so they say things they wouldn't say to out faces. I was thinking, why do we let one bad comment cancel out 1000 lovely comments? I know I try not to let that happen anyway!
OK then, I've just had a lovely burst of Vanessa-goodness so I'll go back to zip-lock bagging my stash! (glamorous life!) I'll think of you tonight when I'm going to bed with my knitting! You'll be waking up to yours! (whispers- thats one of the cool things about having fur-babies isn't it!!! Unlimited knitting time ;OP)


I'm so pleased to see that you are feeling better and are back to your blogging best!

Jane x

Ps, did you receive the e-mail from me regarding the little cafe in Tynemouth-I'm not sure whether I sent it to the correct e-mail address!!!!


I love the dress you're nearly finished. Sometimes I think if I were to attempt a garment of that magnitude it would take me years!
As an aside, we let our dachshund sleep with us. We tried making her sleep in her own bed, but she's too darn cuddly to pass up! Frequent baths and sheet changing help me get passed it :P

Jenni at Baa-me Kniits

Looking lovely as ever!!! Wish I looked like that in the morning :-) Both of those dresses are to die for....Maybe I will have to knit a tunic?? I think I am too old for a dress but a tunic over jeans...Now that I could do. Glad you are feeling better and smiling xx


What an adorable photo of Douglas.
Sorry you've had a rough time of late, I've missed what's been happening, but really pleased that you have bounced back.
I love your sculptures. They make me smile.


What a lovely start to your day ...... and that dress is looking fab. x


So good to see you are back and happy again, Vanessa! How sweet to see you knitting in bed there with your morning tea and doggies! Your knitting looks beautiful and is tempting me to knit a tunic/dress too, after the next two things on my list! Have a lovely week ahead.
Helen x

Miss holly

O.k so is that the cutest little dog on earth.........!!

Chris, milatos

Hi Enjoy your knitting in bed, and your dogs they are family. What lovely photos of you your dog and your work. Keep it up.


Glad you are back - doggies in beds is good in the Two Bones household and was even the point of discussion on Radio 4 recently when a medical doctor declared that doggies in bed is not all that bad and that you catch much nastier germs from other humans than you ever would from a doggy. Yeah for the doggies is what I say. I am also a lucky girl who gets a cuppa in bed almost every morning from DH.

Jenni at Baa-me Kniits

Hi Vanessa, love that King Cole pattern would you be able to tell me where I can get it from please??? I have been dreaming about wearing a top like that so I must have to make one :-) I think we have all been feeling a bit of doom and gloom this year, you are not the only one feeling tired and unmotivated and it only takes a little thing that we would normally not take to heart to knock the stuffing out of us these days. I hope you are looking after yourself and take heart in knowing you are not alone. xx


Dear Vanessa, Lovely to see you with your knitting in bed, I'm loving both your pretty dresses, I think today you deserve an extra two rows! Never worry about not replying, life is so busy everywhere ...

Plus Snowy would like to send his thoughts on hygiene: I don't know how to spell it, I don't know what it is and I don't care, I just want to snuggle ... and when Mummy tries to take a photo of her knitting on the white floorboards I sit on it!


I'm so so pleased that you didn't stay away long, it is very good to see you!

I love your pictures - who wouldn't want to have a cuddle with something so cute as Douglas? I totally approve of dogs and cats and any other little furbies for that matter curling up with us, you can be too fussy and miss out! You look very lively for first thing, that's a lovely photo of you, you look very well and happy - I would have to wait until the pillow wrinkles iron out! Your mornings sound the best they can be (not my best time!)What a lovely man Hugo is for bringing you tea in bed. Am loving your knitting - all the colours are very complimentary and rather lovely together. I do like the pattern you are using. It's good to do what we are told sometimes isn't it? Your very own Bibette though is amazing and is going to look excellent when it is finished, no hurry though is there now that Spring is here and then you can wear both your dresses next winter. (Hurray Spring IS here, it's official now). Your blog cheers me up (even if I'm happy to start with!) so I hope you can be happy writing it too.


Such a cute doggie in the bed! Looking very cosy indeed. Knitting in bed sounds a fantastic start to the day - I must try it sometime :)


Hi Vanessa

I am currently knitting the same tunic but am struggling with the pattern. When it says T2 (twist 2) does that take up 2 stiches or 4? I always seem short of stitches at the end of some rows particularly row 3. Would be grateful for any advice!

Matthew Leanna

Aww, I missed those weekday mornings where you can lounge around a bit before heading on to work. It's easier now though ever since I took to blogging to earn a living. At least I can still work from home!

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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