Part of my problem is the whole secrecy thing: if I am to retain the element of surprise, I must attempt to knit Recipient A's gift while s/he is not in the room, and the same goes for Recipients B, C, etc.
This might have been easier if I'd done the sensible thing and started the projects a couple of months ago, but since Sensible is not my middle name, I am now reduced to carrying around an anonymous-looking sack stuffed with various project-related stuff, so that as Recipient A approaches, I can quickly ditch his/her project and pull out Recipient B's project. This way, by the time A enters the room, I am knitting happily and innocently away on something that could not possibly be theirs, and they are none the wiser.
This takes nerves of steel, and a certain predisposition toward deceit, both of which I am proud to confess.
(Speaking of deviousness, I have a very hypothetical question for you: is it really wrong to
Project management at this level also takes organizational skill, which I think I must have misplaced somewhere along the way. Or maybe I never got mine when it was being handed out. I'll get back to you on that.
In any case, my current score is:
Project A--yarn spun, knitting complete. Needs buttons. Also needs ends sewn in and some blocking done.
Project B--about three-quarters done. Will require ends sewn in, but minimal blocking, and no sewing. Huzzah!
Projects C/D--the less said, the better. They'll get done, okay? Just give me a minute.