Larger than life...
Okay, so, I crocheted the band and counted rows but didn't measure. I sewed it onto one side and, of course, it came up short. Could have been a problem with the counting, more likely it was gauge.
I frogged it all and picked up stitches all around from the right side with a trusty 8US circular knitting needle. ("H" crochet hook = 8US knitting needle.) I knit a few rows and then decided that, in this case, the nice little ridge made from the picking up would be better on the outside.
I frogged it again and picked up stitches all around from the wrong side and knit a few rows. That's where it stands. The difficulty in photographing the work in black is similar to the difficulty in working it, plus I feel like I've been working it forever, and blahblah rough yarn and blahblah sore hands and blahblahblah I'll git 'er done. Nose to the grindstone.
What else is new? Oh yeah, I've been talked down from the rollerblades, at least in regards to "walking" my small but very powerful dog who is not a good listener, who is ruled only by her nose, and who has nearly yanked my arm from its socket and pulled me off balance with my feet flat on the ground never mind being on wheels. I don't even have rollerblades or a helmet or wrist-, elbow-, knee-pads (and I'm thinking that a full-length bubble-wrap suit might be the way to go, anyway) and thinking that there are better uses for that money (such as wool) and I'd be more successful with the dog in the long-term if I just picked up the pace while walking. And get out and do it. Thanks for all the advice (and warnings).
All weekend long, I thought about Chelsea's "Flower Week" post on Friday, but I never took a picture. Here's an oldie-but-goodie -- a Flower Week placeholder -- that I use as wallpaper on my computer from time to time (when I'm not using pictures of the girls or a spectacular photo from Katie's UK/Europe trip last year or an irresistably cute snapshot of Mack). I'm taking half the day and heading up to my brother's to spend the afternoon with him, one of my sisters, and our dad. Tomorrow, I'm taking half the day and hosting Dad for a visit at my house (the only time the girls can all be there). I'll be looking for flowers -- today, I might also find llamas.