Curiosity Cabinets

I’m sure it will come as no surprise that I have a fondness for books, especially old books. Vintage scientific illustrations are just so magical. I’ve been drooling over Hunter Hammerson’s The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet, Volumes I, II, and III, for ages – she takes illustrations and then designs knitting patterns around them. I finally took the plunge and treated myself to the entire collection.

The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet

The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet

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Canada Blooms, Part 2

A big part of Canada Blooms is the marketplace. I picked up lots of white lilies for my garden, but those aren’t really of any interest until they start to grow. I will show you some of the other goodies I purchased.



I’ve always enjoyed gardenias, so I’m going to try my hand and growing one myself. I’ll let you know how it goes!

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Canada Blooms, Part 1

I went to Canada Blooms on Friday and it was a breath of fresh spring air – literally. They changed the layout this year and at first I couldn’t find the display gardens. Then I got a whiff of flowers and dirt and spring and I just followed my nose to this wonderland…

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Spring Has Been Postponed

Yes, the calendar does say that today is the first day of spring; I need to postpone it for two reasons.

First of all, my Spring Morning still isn’t wearable. I redid the sleeves and they looked okay –  until I tried them on. I’m not going to bore you with yet another picture of puffy sleeves, needless to say I need to redo them again.

The second reason is that my garden still looks like this…

First day of spring in my garden

First day of spring in my garden

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The Little Things

It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely most important. 

- Sherlock Holmes, A Case of Identity

I think Sherlock Holmes is a man who would appreciate details, and it’s all the little details that make the Story Time Sampler so much fun.

Sherlock Holmes in his study

Sherlock Holmes in his study

Once again I made changes to the pattern. I lowered his mouth, as in previous months, and also gave him a bit of a smirk rather than a smile. But the biggest change was the bookcase I was inspired to add after seeing a few on Instagram.

I love the sense of community that develops around projects like this. There are dozens (hundreds?) of people working on this project and sharing it on Instagram – just search out #frostedpumpkinstitchery or #storytimesampler and prepare yourself for a serious cute overload.

It’s Elementary

Every spring, like clockwork, I get sick – nothing serious, just a sore throat and some minor aches. Being home sick does have it’s advantages, such as being able to lounge on the couch all day watching Sherlock and working on the Sherlock Holmes portion of my Story Time Sampler. Of course, stitching while sick does take longer than normal – these four colours took me the entire first season to finish (although, that does include lots of time spent unpicking mistakes!).

Coming along Nicely

Coming along nicely

The colour palette of this month’s frame is very restrained compared to the first two, but it totally fits in with Sherlock’s character. I am making some changes to the pattern, but I’ll wait and see how that goes before going into the details.

Take a Bow, Dame Lansbury

Between Mrs. Potts and Jessica Fletcher my childhood was pretty much defined by Angela Lansbury. Needless to say, when I found out she would be appearing at the Princess of Wales Theatre I was beyond excited.

Mementos from Blithe Spirit

Mementos from Blithe Spirit

Being able to see her perform live this weekend was an amazing opportunity, something I never would have thought possible. And as I watched her play Madame Arcati, a role that involved a great deal of physical comedy, all I could think was I hope I’m half that spry at 89!