Slowly, slowly like a snail the knitter moves down the leg of the sock, turns the heel and moves along the foot. In an effort to big up my progress I thought I would calculate the number of stitches knit. This sock contains 9860 stitches so far. The knitting snail wonders whether this calculation was wise as now all it can think about are all the stitches still to knit! If someone told me I would knit over 20,000 stitches to make a pair of socks I might be tempted to say "Socks, why do you want to knit socks? You can get three pairs for a £1 down the market".