I made it over the wall and finished the band.
I'm not sure why I had problems working on this. It's the easiest band to stitch thus far within the reversible section of the sampler.
I'm starting to see the finish line coming--only three more major bands. However, I'm going to Baby Girl's tomorrow and I'm not sure how many needles will be threaded. There are always some kind of shenanigans--maybe low key, but shenanigans anyway--and I may not have a chance to stitch.