Hi, my name is Mary Gildersleeve. I began designing shortly after teaching myself to knit at the age of 8, primarily because I do not take commands very well and I also could not afford the fancy ...
Hi, my name is Mary Gildersleeve. I began designing shortly after teaching myself to knit at the age of 8, primarily because I do not take commands very well and I also could not afford the fancy yarns back then. Knitting and designing were my constant activities throughout undergrad, grad school and family life until, in 1997, I finally went professional and established By Hand, With Heart ... traditional hand-knit designs with a modern twist. I now create designs for various knitwear outlets (including published designs in Knitters, INKnitters, Cast On), custom knit original designs, and self-publish my own patterns . I maintain a website (www.marygildersleeve.com) where I discuss my work, my findsÃâÃÂ (reviewing books and supplies) and suggestions for teaching everyone this age-old art. I particularly love teaching all aspects of knitting ... from beginner to expert, from learning to read charts to designing your own. On most Saturdays, you can find me working at my LYS, Dog House Yarns in Culpeper. I am the exclusive designer for the cashmere-farm, Spring Gate Farm, located in Barboursville, VA.
I earned an MBA from the College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA) in 1988 and a BA in Print Journalism from Gonzaga University (Spokane, Washington) in 1983. I continue with my knitting education by attending seminars, voraciously reading all knitting books, magazines, and websites, and constantly honing my practical knitting skills. I was an active member of the Association of Knitwear Designers (which shut down, unfortunately).
I am married, have 5 children (10 to 23 yrs) and keep busy homeschooling, working on the computer, writing articles, and knitting, knitting, knitting in rural Virginia. In 2008, a book I wrote was published "Great Yarns for the Close-Knit Family: over two dozen hand-knit designs inspired by a dozen fantastic family read-alouds"; a year later, another book I wrote hit the bookstores, "In His Image: Nurturing Creativity in the Heart of Your Home" (both are available on Amazon and other book outlets)..
Make this cute set for your own little Cormack ... the booties are knit in one-piece (and are seamless) with just a bit of colorwork while the cap has a nice thick and of colorwork, ending in a rounded top.
The sample is done in a washable worsted wool using four colors ... about 115 yards of the main color (here a light khaki) and approx 20 yards of each of the contrasting colors.
Directions are both charted and written out.
approx 175 (100 for tam/cap and 75 for booties) yards of washable, worsted-weight wool yarn (sample used Kraemer's Summit Hill in four colors:
oMC (Pyrite) - 115 yards
oCC1 (Onyx) - 20 yards
oCC2 (Aquamarine) - 20 yards
oCC3 (Sky) - 20 yards
For a baby girl set, please see my Kirsty's Cap and Cuddly Booties Pattern (http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/knitting/accessory/kirstys-cap-and-cuddly-booties/42609)
20st x 24rnds = 4" stockinette in the round (blocked)
175 yards of Worsted weight