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  • Denise is my new super hero!

  • I tell hesitant new knitters all the time that so much of what we knit is RECTANGLES! Math and geometry, simple and pure. Denise, your garments look comfortable and beautiful and classy. You’ve inspired me today! Thanks to you and Sonia.

  • I also love neutrals and simple shapes I don’t have to think about too much.The Emma cardigan is going in the queue right now!


  • Came for the knitting, stayed for the sewing! The Lou Box Dress in those photos is calling to me, though I haven’t sewed anything in years–

  • Loved the interview, Sonya. I have admired Denise Bayron’s CardiZen and was thrilled to read about her. And start following her on Instagram! A whole new inspirational rabbit hole.

  • LOVE this so much! Thanks for introducing me to Denise!

  • I love Denise’s style! That last photo especially is the way I want to dress every day. I am a very beginner sewist but my goal for spring is to finally make Pants No. 1!

  • Terrific article, so much to think about, so much to admire. More please!

  • I was so taken with Denise’s CardiZen in the March Madness bracket. So glad to learn more about Denise and her design aesthetic!

  • Favorite creative friend! Love this post.

  • I’ve been inspired by this series since Sonya started writing it. I admire her philosophy and style and am looking forward to reading about others who walk their talk this way.

  • I saw the Cardi Zen online a short while back and was taken by it. Denise’s designs are sophisticated and elegant. I love the simple lines. I love the element of surprise such as with Hatdana, which can be used for duel purposes. True inspiration!

  • This was a wonderful article. I’ve followed Denise for a while on Instagram. I love her style. reading the article has encouraged me to not feel that I must use the yarn gauge that is written for a pattern but adapt my own with math. I’m too much a rule follower.

  • Items suit her well..

  • Why would a person makes things that they then didn’t wear? Seems like an odd thing to have to tell someone. But I’m glad these young women are beginning to realize that things can be handmade, stylish, organic and locally sourced. Or not, depending on your preference.

    • I’ve done it plenty of times. Maybe it didn’t turn out the way I had envisioned. Maybe I chose an odd pairing of fiber and silhouette. Maybe the final product was perfect… but not on me.
      But mostly it’s because I make things that excite me, challenge me, stir my artistic visions… and then question whether I’m bold enough, interesting enough, artistic enough to actually wear them. That’s the question that these articles address, because the answer is yes. I am all those things. And maybe… maybe I just need someone else to encourage me that way. To tell me… “Wear what you make.”.

  • So excited to see this interview with Denise this morning! I follow her on Instagram and bought her CardiZen pattern after seeing it in the March Mayhem bracket. I finished my CardiZen and wore it for the first time yesterday for a Mother’s day outing (pics on Instagram and Ravelry) and received so many compliments:) Thank you MDK for introducing me to so many people, places, and things I would have never known about!!!

  • Thank you, Denise, and Sonya. Great interview. Love the box dress. Have wool all set up to knit my cardi zen.
    Follow you both on Instagram and love what you wear.
    Thanks for more ideas and inspiration.

  • I have INDEED been hankering for this column! Thank you, Sonya and thank you Denise <3

  • Oooooo, so in my wheelhouse! Plus, I can claim about 25 accumulated years of Oakland residency. Much affection going out to this post and its writer and her home!!!

  • I love that Denise’s style is minimalist and neutral but also looks relaxed. Minimalist often reads to me as cold and/or drab so it’s neat to see someone who manages to make minimal seem cozy! Love the Hatdana design— I’ve got a marled linen that might make a lightweight summery one.

  • Wonderful! Thank you, Sonya! I loved meeting

  • Fabulous. Inspiring interviewer and interviewee. Great read!

  • The Lou Box dress and Emma cardigan is what I truly want to wear every day – minimal and gorgeous!

  • How inspiring!

    “…learning handicrafts from artisans who made clothing from locally sourced fiber, using traditional methods that left little impact on their land and communities.”

    Sounds like pure bliss to me.

    Thank you Sonya and Denise

  • So inspired by the outfits & styling. Thank you Denise & Sonya.

  • Just wondering why the model looks so dour and depressed? If I were modeling those beautiful clothes I could offer at least a hint of a smile… I have noticed this trend in a lot of magazines and even of people showing off their own work..I think a bit of positivity would reinforce how great the pattern/yarn is – I mean ultimately those photos are about selling products and being happy is a pretty good way to help sell.