I usually don't fret too much about a project. Most of my endeavors are open-ended. I start something and know it will get finished when I get around to it. These mittens don't have to be done until the snow flies, but they've been taking a fair amount of time.
It's hard to imagine cold weather when we're about to be hit with another round of heat here in the Midwest.
Soon enough it will be below zero and I'll wish I had the thumbs knitted on these.