I (we) finished the first sock with difficulty and a lot of help over a 3 week period. The sock actually looked pretty good too with only a few minor mistakes. I bravely tried to start the second one a couple of weeks later and then, totally intimidated and lost without my teacher (who moved away!), I placed the unfinished pair in the yarn basket where it lay buried for the next two and a half years.
I learned to knit many more things in that time period, along with starting a new job, beginning my master's, getting married and moving all of my knitting paraphernalia to a new house. Yet still, my sock and a quarter sat lonely at the bottom of the yarn basket.
I picked up the very tiny needles knowing it wouldn't be as hard as it looks...and of course, it wasn't.
I finished my first pair of socks and it only took 2 1/2 years!
I'm officially a sock knitter.
P.S. I've been wearing them for the past two days and will probably wear them tomorrow.