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I finished the two prototype Love Bug Vests forever ago and never have gotten a chance to show them off. Today, I their image names jumped out at me in the graphics directory. So, beep, beep. Today's the day.

vestAs you can see from the photos, the vest is designed to appeal to a little one's love of cars - and love of pockets for small treasures.

Generally, I'm not an intarsia person, but these vests do feature a "spot" of intarsia on the front. Part of my goal was simplicity of design (and knitting). As a result, the vests are worked in the round up to the armholes. Then, the front and back are worked separately, and the intarsia car is worked on the front. It's a small chart and quick to work, so the intarsia isn't that big of a deal.

The optional pockets add a touch of whimsy to the design with their bright stripes and are attached as simple patch pockets after the vest is complete.

The vests are worked up in bulky weight cotton Pronto, which comes in a number of colors. But, other similarly gagued yarns would work as well. vestThe nice thing about Pronto, other than its easy wear-and-care and soft hand is that it works up so quickly. These vests are seriously quick to make, making them easy, fun, and rewarding to knit.

Matthew has a history of not wearing things we knit for him - other than hats, which he loves. In part, it is because he hates things being pulled over his head, and, while we made a number of memorable and adorable cardigans for him as a baby, we've made not so many since as he's gotten older.

Nevertheless, this vest was a hit from the beginning. He was excited about it and interested in it even when I was first sketching out various possibilities for the stripes, car placement, pockets, etc. And, the whole time I was making the vest, he was ready to wear it.

When it was finally done, he was right there waiting to put it on. And, more than once, he's pulled it out of the closet and asked to wear it.

That, alone, is a hallmark of success for the design!

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Scarves and Galleries

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I am working on a little-boy design using Pronto, and I was out checking the Berroco site to make sure the colors I'm using are still in circulation. From the front page, I was accosted by enticements to check out "scarves" on their site in the Scarf Central section. If you're into scarves, like giving scarves, like working with fun and funky yarns, or just like to feast your eyes occasionally on some digitally rendered fiber color, it's well worth a visit.

Scarf Central has, not surprisingly, links to free scarf patterns that use Berroco yarns. But the main page is a smorgasbord of swatches showing different Berroco yarns used in combination. So, you get to see a closeup of how the two yarns knit up together. Clicking through on any swatch takes you to additional info on the swatch (e.g., needle size) and shows you alternate color combinations of the yarns. It's a visual treat and a good resource.

Maybe it's just me, but I like seeing this kind of repository. I know dye lots vary for Koigu, so that one skein of KPPM might look different than another, but still, I would love to see a repository of all the color combinations the guys at ThreadBear have offered for Charlotte's Web. Since the sets (which use wonderful and creative names) don't list individual colors by number, it wouldn't (really) take away from them in terms of business. But it would give someone considering starting (another) Charlotte a visual look at what kinds of combinations work. Then, someone could write them and say, "hey, I'd like to make something in purples and reds with a touch of lime similar to the way XXX!X looks."

Of course, I'd like to see a repository of "finished" Charolotte images, too. I love the gallery of finished Kureyon bags at BoogaJ.

Maybe it points to my intrinsic love of clutter that I respond so strongly to these galleries, who knows. I like to think, instead, it points to my love of color and variety!

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