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)..
... think of it as a sweater for your standard-sized hot water bottle - worked in one piece in washable wool with just a bit of colorwork to keep it interesting!
this design is knit from the top down (which allows you to "try it on" your own hot water bottle to ensure a good fit
for ease in getting the Cozy on and off the hot water bottle, you will make a button band on the back, just below the colorwork; directions are given for this little maneuver
I have you use dpn's to start the bottle, but you could use "magic loop" or two circs if you prefer
my hot water bottle had a hanging loop at the bottom; I have made an opening for this when closing up the bottle; ignore these directions if your bottle doesn't have a "tongue".
I have made this from washable wool, which will retain heat nicely. After washing in the machine, you can air-dry the cover ON the hot water bottle to ensure it stays in shape. If you prefer, non-washable wool can also be used - but I wouldn't use cotton or acrylic as they don't retain heat as well - and definitely hand-wash, then place the Cozy on the bottle to air dry.
21sts x 32rnds = 4" in stockinette, worked in the round and blocked
147 yards of Worsted weight