Firstly, I honestly don't know what possessed me to discuss my list so openly. I usually keep such mutterings firmly under my hat where, of course, I am at liberty to change the order and contents as often as I wish without having to make any justifications to any one else. This way, I can maintain the illusions that "I'm in control", "knitting to schedule" and "not a complete bore" (illusions important to maintain for my own benefit as much as anyone else's).
Secondly, of the four listed knitting projects on the list, only two are really vital. Both the Yuletide String and the snowflake tablemat are, quite frankly, "optional extras", pretty things to decorate the rooms where I'm giving my workshops. Desirable, yes, but not really essential. But now that I've thought of the projects – and started them – I feel that I've made some kind of near-sacred commitment and have to finish them. I know: It's ridiculous.
But speaking of essential knitting, that's clearly the category where the two secret projects lie. Deadlines for these are immoveable feasts and I should just get on with them. So, what have I, in fact, been knitting? Husband's jumper. Clearly. Not on the list, not got an immediate deadline and not required for work.
Oh, and did I forget to mention that a second jumper’s worth of yarn will be winding its way to me in the next week or two? Ordered months ago, it's the yarn for Son's jumper. Albeit a smaller project than those for either Husband or me, but it's 4ply so I'll be using microscopic needles. Now, there's a test of will power. Which will come first: My coat or either of my boys' jumpers? Where, oh where, is that Katherine Clone when you need her?