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"Knitting is very conducive to thought. It is nice to knit a while, put down the needles, write a while,
then take up the sock again." - Dorothy Day

Pipes Are Funny

This weekend we were, oddly enough, gifted a corn cob pipe. It's a long story involving a snowman, a Christmas tree, and free gifts with purchase, but there it is. The timing of it has simply added to my complete and total amusement with my latest finished object.

How could I not work the pipe into the photos? It had to be done.
This being the simplest knit in the history of the world, there are no real details to show off. Here's a gratuitous duplicate stitch success shot though:
Pattern: "Bob Dobbs", from Domiknitrix. Knit in size Large, no changes from the pattern as written. This is the simplest of simple knits; stockinette in the round to the armholes. Ribbing is worked vertically all the way up from the armholes, so no picking up stitches there. Most neck stitches are left on the needles to be worked into ribbing later. There are a few stitches picked up around the neck, but not many. Even the duplicate stitch is easy, although you do have to follow a chart for that. The size I made fits perfectly, and exactly as expected. I knit the back a little too long, actually, so it looks a little funny laying flat, but fits BBMM well; most sweaters are a little short in the back for him, so I compensated for that.
I still love Domiknitrix's patterns completely. Her hatred of seaming and love of circular knitting rival mine. They're also really well crafted; they have almost couture detail to them. And she doesn't hesitate to do things differently if they'll work better. Even on this, the armhole ribbing is a little different, but it is sleek and bulk-free, fits a little better than normal picked up ribbing. The neck ribbing has decreases in it so it fits closely to the neck instead of winging out at the shoulders like the usual ribbing. Good stuff.

Yarn & Needles: Patons Classic Merino, 100% Merino Wool, 223 yards per skein. I used three skeins of Dark Grey Mix for the body, and less than a skein of Grey Mix for the lighter contrast. For the black contrast, I used a partial skein of Bernat Lana, also 100% Merino Wool. These two yarns are basically identical. I used size 7 metal circulars for the whole thing.
Mods: Nope. The pattern indicates that you could make a few modifications and knit the pattern in intarsia, but that would have required knitting flat, so I didn't do it. Frankly, I haven't had a lot of success with intarsia anyway.

If I Could Do It Over: I don't think I would change anything, except maybe using machine washable wool. Hand washing; ugh. For this though, I figured I could get away with it; how often is BBMM really going to wear this?

All in all, this was a fantastic movie-watching project. And the giggling it's inspired is well worth the time and effort I put into it.
Oh, and do be careful; Big Brother Bob is watching.