I am so glad to be done with these socks. They were a joy to knit, but I'm quite ashamed they took me so long. I probably shouldn't even admit it...they took 11 months!!! They were a bit out of my comfort zone...I had never knit with a 16 row chart before. I never did memorize the pattern. HA! I guess the reason they took me so long is because I was knitting other things at the same time. I'm not a very good multi-tasker when it comes to knitting I suppose.