Sunday, September 09, 2007

Knitted Homes of Crime

This art exhibit looks amazing. Artist Jean Arkell has knitted mini reproductions of the homes of female killers - or the houses where they committed the crimes. I love the houses, and am even more drawn to the written descriptions of the crimes. There's a certain awkwardness to the prose that adds to the general oddness of the whole project. It's very straightforward, and yet slightly off. For example:

Christiana Edmunds was a 43 year old spinster who lived with her widowed mother. She had become infatuated with a married man, Dr. Beard. In September 1870 she brought a box of chocolates to the Beard's house and insisted that Mrs. Beard eat some over a pot of tea. Christiana had filled these chocolate creams with strychnine. Immediately after eating one Mrs. Beard became severely ill. As a result Dr. Beard accused her of trying to poison his wife. Christiana denied the charge and set about trying to prove that there was a poisoner at large in Brighton. She would pay children to buy chocolate creams from the same sweet shop that she purchased the box of chocolates for Mrs. Beard from. She would inject these with strychnine, then re-wrap them and pay another child to return them. The innocent shop-keeper sold on these poisoned sweets. On 12 June 1871 this activity resulted in the death of 4-year-old Sidney Barker. Christiana even sent poisoned cakes and fruit through the mail, addressing some to herself, to try to emphasise her innocence. She was eventually caught and sentenced to death but when it transpired that she was mentally ill her sentence was commuted and she was sent to Broadmoor. She died there in 1907 aged 79. It later transpired that no less than four members of her immediate family had died as a result of mental illness


Miss Woolly said...

Hi Crochet on the Go!

That's such a great story and idea for an exhibition. I really like your blog. I'm going to add you as a link on mine too.

Much love Miss Woolly

Amber said...

I can't find a place to comment on your patterns. I am working on the "Baby Hat" and it seems like the numbers aren't working out. Can you post a pattern fix?

The trouble starts at rounds 4 and 5, where we are supposed to repeat rounds 2 and 3. That should result in 24 stiches Yet it says round six should result in 18 stitches). This affects the stitch count throughout the pattern.

Please let me know what to do. Are the stich count numbers off or is something in the pattern off, but the stich counts correct?


alicia said...

Hey Amber,
I'm not sure how to email you back, or which baby hat you're referring to. I'd love to help, though. You can email me directly at