Saturday was spent out of doors at the kermesse* at my son's school, and on Sunday I was feeling too lazy to do anything other than read. And this morning I woke up with a head cold. Ugh. Still, I decided to take a moment to knit up the neckband on my tutti-frutti striped sweater.
It was really fun until I worked about 4 cm of the 2/2 ribbing. Working the remaining 8 cm (yep, it's a turtleneck) took some self-motivation because knitting 2/2 rib in the round using a short circular needle has the effects of a valium.
Incidentally, I use a crochet hook to pick up stitches
for neckbands. I used to pick up stitches using the needles but I once read in a knitting book that using a crochet hook makes it easier and you know what? It does. But I've discovered that you need to check if the stitches are twisted when you place them on the needle, because in my case they usually are. I just work the stitches of the first round through the back loops to untwist them.
*My son was in a school pageant for the kermesse, and the sewing gods took pity on me by not requiring that I sew a costume for him to wear. His part in the show was being "a tourist on a Caribbean island", so his costume consisted of a beach hat, shorts, sunglasses, and toy camera. Heck, he wore that last month when we went to the beach. So that's what I put on him. And just because, here is a gratuitous shot of him wearing his "costume" while he rides a pony
at the kermesse after the pageant. [Awwwwwwwww.]