I just get 'too busy' to do anything with them, and my "too busy" isn't a lie. I really get TOO BUSY.
Then there's no guilt.
Knitting is a good way to be too busy.
Busy is good.
And you won't spend any more time fretting about it when you're too busy to think about her!
And all this is said with the knowledge that you are already quite busy, but you know what I mean.
Get "busier". Be unavailable. Move on, move up. Don't look back. The future is in front of us. No lookin' in the rear view mirror.