FREE 2 ball Garter Stitch Scarf 2017

IMG_11211 ball of self-patterning and 1 ball of solid colour. I used sock yarns and handknit a garter stitch scarf. The one on the right (green) is a self-striping.

Most interesting is the colour repetitions.

This is generic pattern. Garter Stitch
1 ball 50 gm, sock yarn, self patterning type.

1 ball 50 gm solid colour sock yarn

2.75 mm needle


Crochet cast-on 45 st and knit 1 row.

Colour A

Row 1… *1st stitch, knit 1 make 1, Knit to last 2 stitches, knit 2 together*.

Row 2……knit across all

Colour B

CHANGE yarn to colour B and REPEAT row 1 and 2

Continue to change colours every 2 rows until yarn is almost used up, then cast off.

Wet block by gently washing, rinsing and air dry flat.

Size is approx 4.75 in x 60 in. It depends on how much yardage is the 50 gm balls.

Yet Another Canadian Artisan,

Mary Anne Cutler, 2017

Caron Cakes…..what is all the fuss? Key Lime Wall Hanging.

I succumbed. I bought a Caron Cake of yarn. For those who are not familiar with them, it is yarn presented as centre pull ball of yarn. It is also generally 4 shades or colours that abruptly change, no gradient. 200 gm in the ball. Most knitter/crocheters are using it for hats and scarves. The product is flying off of the store shelves. It is hard to pick which cake to buy.

Key Lime Wall Hanging

I used the Studio/Silver Reed Chunky SK890 knitting machine.


Cast-on, (crochet cast-on) 54-0-54 needles. Dial Tension 3, Slip stitch from the OEM Mylar.( pattern 3 or 4, I don’t rember which one)

The Striping was a pure accident. I started with the centre strand of yarn and knit until the Yellow/lime colour ended. It looked long enough, so I cast off. Turned it on its side and fringed. On the other end, I needed a pocket to contain a dowel to hang it.

Lastly, it needed decor. A length of I-cord was Knit and sewn on bridging the 2 colour changes.

40″ long x 11″ wide. and have yarn left over from 1 Caron Cake.

Warmness rating of various fibres


The following is a link to an interesting article about the warmthness properties of yarns and why they rated as they are.

Where is “Mink” or “Bison” on the list? Possum?

Hair cuts on certain animals?

Lopi Week: Introducing Ístex Lopi Yarns (and a Giveaway!)

Hopefully of interest……

Berroco is happy to announce that, in addition to LANGYARNS, Amano, and James C. Brett, we are now the distributor in the United States and Canada for Ístex Lopi yarns! To celebrate this new partnership and to introduce (or re-introduce) this incredible yarn, we’ve declared this week to be Lopi week. If you follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter), we’ll be talking about the history of this beautiful yarn and sharing pattern ideas and inspirational photos.

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Wearing hats…..

We Canucks wear hats. The men usually a ball caps, the younger women too. And then, we get this weather.

And then, our attitudes change. We change to warmer hats. Here is a Ladies’ version.

I used 1 skein of Lopi. Thankfully the makers were generous and I managed to finish it with 2 in of yarn to spare. It weighed in at 110 grams. The halo was intentionally made by a washing machine felting treatment.

Scholarships available……..US and Canada

Happy New Year
As we prepare to kick off a new year, I want to take a moment to thank each of you for your enthusiasm for gardening, your willingness to give your time and share your opinions, sharing your thoughts, questions and ideas with us and most of all, for being in this with us. We really do love plants and gardening and our hard work is worth it because you love gardening too. Thank you, without you there would be no need for Proven Winners.  
Speaking of input, thank you to everyone who participated in our recent surveys. The winners of the randam drawing to receive Proven Winners Calendars are Deborah and Colleen from Ontario, Canada. Diant and Carol from Michigan and Shari from Wisconsin. I hope you all enjoy the calendars.
All of us here at Proven Winners are looking forward to another year of gorgeous flowers and gardening adventures. We hope you’ll come along for the ride again this year. So here’s to an awesome 2017. May your weather be mild and the rain timely.


One of the things that keeps our industry great is the passionate students that learn the ins and outs of developing, growing and selling plants and then work as horticulturists. 
College has become ever more expensive and Proven Winners in the 4th year of offering scholarhips to students in both 4-year universities and technical and coummunity college settings. We get a good number of applications for the 4-year scholarships we offer.
However, we could use your help getting the word out about the 5 $2,000 scholarships we offer for students at tech schools and coummunity colleges. There are 3 ways you can help. You can help us by simply sending this link to any high school student, or their parents, that you know is interested in horticulture.  
Second, we have established contact with every land-grant university in the US, but we don’t have those contacts with community and technical institutions. So if you know of schools in your area with horticulture programs, please send me the name of the school and the city and state or province in which it is located. I’ll find a contact person there. Or if you have a contact, forward the info along yourself.
Lastly, you can send the information about these scholarships to your local high schools. While students in any high school setting can love plants, schools with FFA, ag programs, school gardens or greenhouses are the most likely to have students that know about horticulture and could take immediate advantage of this opportunity. Any assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated.