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the Denim Saga [part 6] – the Final Rose – After Shrinking Denim Yarn

After waiting for all the yarnie planets to align (and chores and whatnot finished), I’ve taken that Great Leap of Faith and SHRUNK my Cerisara indigo Den-M-Nit cardi…

The result?


in Yarnville today!

I have to admit, even after my great swatch experiment, I was Nervous! Knitting this cardi didn’t take longer and it wasn’t any more difficult than anything I’ve made before but just the thought of all those hours going Down the Drain, so to speak, if it went south at the very end, made me drag my feet.

But this week was not the week to be weak, and into the hot, hot sudsy water she bravely went (with two thick towels for moral support)!

After a nice spin in the dryer, checking every few minutes just like I’d do if I was felting wool, I removed the sweater when it was almost dry. (The body of the sweater was dry to the touch but the sleeves were the tiniest bit damp at the cuffs.)

I patted it out flat on a table and measured and VOILA! It came out as Planned!

Talk about happy dancing like nobody’s watching – well – you had to see it to believe it!

Chic Knits Den-M-Nit Cerisara

The fabric was crisp, textured, and a lovely bright navy hue:

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Most satisfying of all? My original dream that this design would work well with the indigo yarn came true!

Cerisara Knit Lace Cardigan

All the areas and details performed in a most lovely way: the lace patterning had lovely “polished-to-white” highlights and the reverse Stockinette stitch made a soft textured field of slightly variegated color.

All in all a most happy knit!

And how do we celebrate the HAPPY here at Studio Chic?
Denim Yarn Lace Cardi

How about a Giveaway! I have more of this lovely yarn and am going to cast on another (Gansey-inspired, shhh…) cardi very soon and would love to share a cone with YOU!

How to join in?
Visit this post on Instagram for all the giveaway details

HAPPY KNITTING (and shrinking)!!!

…here’s all the articles I’ve written on knitting with Den-M-Nit indigo denim cotton yarn…

The Denim Saga
[part 1] – About that Yarn
[part 2] – The Sweater Awakens
[part 3] – Knitting with Indigo Denim Yarn
[part 4] – Picking Up Stitches using Denim Yarn
[part 5] – Real-time Shrinkage in Denim Yarn
[part 6] – the Final Rose – After Shrinking Denim Yarn

Register for classes with Bonne Marie Burns at the Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival!

Registration now OPEN for some knitting FUN…

I’d like to invite YOU & your friends to join me for some great class sessions!

• What: the Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival
• Where: Canby, OR
• When: Sunday, September 25, 2016

I will be teaching two classes including:

Real World Real Fit (click here for registration page)
Learn how to find the Real Size you need to pick from a pattern for Real Success (and wearability). This class will explore: sSweater architecture, how that translates to the Body, what your size is, the mystery that is called ease, and how you can use all of the above to make it work for YOU!

No Fear Lace (click here for registration page)
If you love the look of lace but are mystified by all those stitches and instructions, fear no more! Learn to master the vocabulary and symbols to make beautiful decorative fabric. This class will explore: a small historical look at 20th century Lace, what Lace is and how we describe It, chart skills, techniques & demos, & how to read your knitting.

I love teaching both of these essential but FUN topics.

Please bring your friends and join me for some knitting adventure!

Hope to see you there!
 …Bonne Marie

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I love to Knit SOCKS!

This time of year is one of my most very favorite. Yes, there is some really nice 70-ish weather going on in Portland, but there’s something else tickling the knitting fancy here at Studio Chic.

I’m back to sock knitting!

Like I’ve told anyone who’ll listen, if I had my druthers, I’d just knit socks all the live long day.

Yes, plain stockinette socks, the ones where the rounds just repeat over and over and over…

They are my mind candy, my yarn happy-hour cocktail, my oasis…

After a beautiful trip teaching at the Cordova Gansey Project in Alaska the last part of June, I came home to a little calm-before-the-storm time frame between design deadlines.

I brought home with me a sock I started using yarn from the Net Loft, in the Salmon colorway. It was my lovely perfect companion while I was so near the Copper River there, where the wild salmon spawn, and it is now my reminder of how much I love that area and its people.

This happiness of knitting on the road re-started my love affair with The Sock and I couldn’t wait to go, where else: stash diving! when I got home to Portland.

During last few months, I’ve winnowed out and organized my yarns and I’d put my nice (and seriously large) collection of Sock Yarns into their own space.

So I started digging and gathering and herding up all the orphan one-ups I’d had started and abandoned and was pleasantly surprised to find some finished ones:

from l. to r.: my Salmon sock-in-progress, a finished prototype, a regular loved pair

Not so pleasantly surprised to find: not all the socks were the same size!

Since I haven’t been knitting socks for awhile I forgot something I wrote about in 2003:

• Not all same circumference needle sizes between manufacturers are consistent

• Not all sock yarns are created equal – even though they may be marked as “fingering” weight.

This invigorated me (instead of annoying me like it had done long ago – ahhh – maturity).

SO, now that I had a bee in my bonnet, I put together a pile of yarn I was most interested in using in the near future and did what any self-respecting geek would do: I made a DATABASE.

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This lovely table includes all the weight and yardage information about the selected skeins (some of which were wound in two or more balls and completely off the grid) and something I hadn’t paid attention to before, yardage per gram and weight of one finished sock.

Doing this enables me to determine the proper needle size and cast-on stitch count I need to get a properly proportioned sock. I especially like keeping track of the weight of a single sock, for reference now that I have a nice little Escali scale.

All my socks should all be the same size, yes?

Now I can “knit on in confidence” knowing my knitting is going to produce the right results.


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>>>> this recently kitchenered sock was started in 2007 and kitchenered July 8, 2016. Two more socks are ready to be grafted which requires fueling with miniature peanut butter cups, but of course…

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