Yes, there has been progress! I have mostly been keeping to my resolution to knit a little bit on this coat every day. One day (the second one after the resolution!) I missed. Now I am in the flow, keeping the project bag right under my nose where I usually sit in the living room. The body of the coat is now about ten inches long. There are some fuzzy bits sticking out where I did the Russian joins but all will be neatened up eventually.