How long does it take to knit a pair of socks?

People ask me this sometimes. On average, how long does it take to make some socks? Well, let's find out with some examples...

Exhibit A:

Koigu PPPM merino colorway P113 241 purples and greens. That table was in my college dorm room!

Pomatomus socks in Koigum Painter's Palette Premium Merino

Yarn purchased: January 7, 2009

Pattern chosen: January 10, 2009

First sock cast on: April 19, 2013 (4 years and 3 months later)

Second sock bound off: April 13, 2015 (just shy of 2 years after cast on)

Total time between yarn purchase and finished socks: 6 years, 3 months.

Koigu pomatomus cookie a sock pattern

Exhibit B:

Stockinette striped socks in handspun Suffolk and Swaledale with a little bit of Regia for the dark stripes and the heel

Yarn for toes spun: April 11, 2015

First sock cast on: April 11, 2015

First heel turned: April 11, 2015

Second sock cast on: April 13, 2015

Second heel turned: April 15, 2015

Bound off: April 19, 2015

Total time between yarn finished and finished socks: 8 days.

Handspun striped toe-up socks in pink and blue suffolk wool

So... statistically speaking... How long does it take to make a pair of socks? On average, about 3.13 years.
(/facetious) :)

"A statistician can have his head in an oven and his feet in ice, and he will say that on average, he feels fine."

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