It's going well!
knit in Knitpicks Palette
The colorwork was fiddly but not horrible. I've put the sleeve stitches on waste yarn and now it's straight stockinette for years and years. The 9 center stitches will become the steek. I am obviously petrified of them, but I keep reminding myself that a) I have instructions and b) it's going to be approximately four decades before I'm ready to cut anyway. Why worry now?
Note to self: When you put a Thing off, you spend more energy thinking that you should be doing the Thing than you would spend actually doing the Thing. Just do the Thing. This is obviously a difficult lesson.