This is not really unusual. When one knits for other people, there do tend to be deadlines involved. Sometimes they are a bit variable - sometimes they are rather less so. I do try to treat them all in the same way, as if they were graven in stone. This one has no leeway whatsoever. Yes, I know, mixed metaphors again. It seems that I can't help it.
If I have a deadline, this means that I must post the finished item the day before, by Special Delivery which guarantees that the package will arrive the following day - and don't get me started on that one, because it doesn't always happen. But that's another story entirely.
Anyway, I have to post the day before the deadline. And that means that my final knitting day, the very last day on which a stitch may be knitted, an end may be sewn in, an item may be blocked - that is the day before the posting day. So there is the day of the deadline - there is the posting day - and there is the last knitting day.
Counting from today, up to the last knitting day, I have ten days.
I am just a little bit behind schedule at the moment. (Yes, I have a schedule.) Life gets in the way, you see. If I could just sit and knit, there would be no difficulty with this at all. But there is laundry to be done, a little dog who wants to be walked - and I like to go for a walk, as well - and meals to be cooked, and so on and so forth.
I still cannot show you what I am knitting, not yet. Nor can I tell you anything about it. I can tell you that I am knitting squares, which isn't really very informative, and I'm sorry about that but there it is. They are lovely squares, and they are all different. I am really enjoying making them. The yarns are such a pleasure - do I need to say Rowan? - and the colours! The combinations are just beautiful.
So, at the moment I have twenty two squares remaining to knit. Plus one Thing, for which I do not yet have the pattern. And I have ten days.
I think I had better get on with it.