Here's how the final hours went down: I knitted off and on all Saturday, finally putting away my knitting needles at 3:30am Sunday. Four hours later I was up again, darning in ends and seaming. Even though I knitted in all the ends I could and clipped them off before seaming, there were still a lot of ends. I enjoy darning in ends, but it was a bit daunting on a tight deadline.
At 8:30 in the morning, the jacket pieces looked like this:
tiger cub doll, and had him jumping, roaring, and talking in no time.
That's it for deadline knitting for this year. Now it's back to Knit That Shit, although the first thing I want to do is sew in the lining for the cotton purse. The knitting's already done for that part.