I was so saddened to hear of the untimely and tragic death of Vanessa Cabban just before Christmas. It was her blog ‘Do you mind if I knit‘ that inspired me to take up my knitting needles again and then venture into other crafts and to embrace colour. We also shared a love for small wire haired dogs. I never knew her, but by reading her delightful blog, she did make a positive impact upon my crafting life. She was an extremely talented lady, an award winning childrens book illustrator, a creative sculptor and seemed to be able to turn her hand to all crafts. I know, from her blog, that she went through a difficult patch in her life and she ultimately ceased blogging. From her other sites, her work changed from being vibrant and colourful to a more ethereal beauty. RIP Vanessa, I never knew you, but you did inspire me, thank you.