Ha! I knew I had written something about the Super-Secret Knitting Present before. I wrote it mostly to show off my row-counter, but also to remind myself why I couldn't cast on for a red sweater yet. Since I feel, if anything, more miserable this morning than I have for the past two days -- they were apparently only the opening salvo-- you'll have to content yourself with this snippet.
Originally Titled, "No, It's Not Kokopelli"
Perhaps the real impediment to my red cardigan is the super secret Christmas gift I'm supposed to be knitting, symbolized here by my handy-dandy row-and-repeat counter.
Note that "supposed." I'm finding this four-row sixteen-stitch repeat fairly tricky. I think it's a combination of the difference of only three stitches per row, and every row (including the wrong-side rows) being different by three stitches. I need to Pay Attention, which slows down productivity considerably. There have been evenings where I've knit 12 or 16 rows only to get a single repeat knit correctly. Which explains why I need the additional visual the counter provides to prove that I do, indeed, progress.
I'm pretty sure I'll persuade myself to go ahead with a red sweater soon, if only to give myself the break of some mindless knitting. I just need to get a little further along. Sadly, as the above shows (and this is as much of a hint as you're going to get until after Christmas), I've only knit 21 repeats out of the remaining 50 I need to knit before I can knit the last 36 rows.
I love my row-and-repeat counter, which explains why you needed to read a post about lack of progress on a project that you already know I finished.