oh poo. i thought you knitted a pickle.
don't worry about your "reputation". i have one of those, and it's just with myself! (i choose not to think about what other people think about the fact that i haven't really finished anything of any great significance in quite some time.) christmas is just around the corner, and you will have all of that finished by then. it will be worth it when you finally get to walk into work with a really long list of everything you've finished. the self-satisfaction won't be too shabby, either.
if it makes you feel any better, the needles for probably most of the christmas presents i'm knitting (and yes, i'm knitting ALL of them
) just got mailed today. i've currently got one OTN and 8 bagillion to go. or there abouts.