The results are in, and we have a winner!
Yarndude gave the closest answer by selecting numbers 5 and 6; the actual stripes I added in are numbers 3 and 4. I'm fiendishly delighted that nobody could tell where my grafting was; after all, I fussed over it a good while to get it right!
When I knit the vest, I bought two skeins of BrooklynTweed LOFT in the colorway "Plume," but I only used one. Yarndude just won the other skein! Congratulations!
Here's a hearty "thank you" to everyone for participating and sharing the love! And again, a special "thank you" to Aaron, whose generosity and skill with a spinning wheel made this vest worth every bit of extra effort.
Here's a bit of other news that I'm delighted to share. About the time in my life when knitting began taking on a life of its own, I discovered that yarn shops exist. Before that point, I only had craft department stores, and they just aren't the same thing. I feel strongly about the need for Local Yarn Shops, and I make a point to visit as many as I can and support their business. In a world where retail so often leaves me with an empty feeling of being used and treated like a number, I love that I can take my business to yarn shops. Each one has its own unique flavor that reflects the owner, and I love when I find a yarn shop that I can really relate to.
The first yarn shop I ever found was Loop, and it immediately claimed a special place in my heart. It has a wonderfully clean and cozy feeling about it, and each line of yarn is laid out in rainbow order so that the yarn really shines in the well-designed lighting. In fact, after seeing skeins hanging from the walls, I adopted the idea in my own room so that I could enjoy my favorite purchases even before I knit them. In all my travels to various and wonderful yarn stores, stopping by Loop was a bit like stopping home. Working at Loop has always been a fantasy of mine, but recently that dream became a reality. The staff there are some of the best and have long felt like friends. I feel pretty lucky to be counted among their ranks. So stop by on a Saturday and say hello! And if you buy Loft, I'll be more than happy to wind it for you, heh heh!