Question: How many socks are in this picture?
Answer: Two and a half.
Bonus Question: How many pairs of socks are in the above picture?
Bonus Answer: Zero, zip, zilch, null, nada, none.
Where are the mates to those socks? Um, well, I haven't bothered to knit them yet. There is a well-documented phenomenon among sock knitters called Second Sock Syndrome. Usually SSS prevents the knitter from producing a matched pair of socks because said knitter either found the knitting of the first sock to be a big pain in the you-know-where or it wasn't challenging enough and now the thought of doing it a second time bores them to tears.
As far as I know, I am not actually suffering from SSS for these reasons. My problem seems to stem from the fact that I still cannot turn a heel from memory. I have no good excuse for this but I do fear that by adding anything new to my brain, I would be pushing something else out causing me to start forgetting things like how to drive or tie my shoes. That said, I often knit in public without my instructions handy so if I have a sock on my needles that is at the critical "heel turning stage," and I don't have time to actually perform the steps necessary to complete the "heel turning stage" before I know I will be knitting in public again, I transfer the sock from my primary needles to my project holding needles and start a new sock that I know I will be able to mindlessly knit away on wherever I might be (in line at the bank, at Disneyland, waiting for a movie to start, watching a movie, etc.).
I know all of this probably sounds like terribly fractured logic but it somehow seems to make sense when I'm in the midst of putting a sock on hold. I am hoping that my 40 day mission to complete old projects before starting anything new will help to alleviate my SSS. There is a possibility that I will attempt to memorize how to turn a sock heel so just as a precaution, if you see me behind the wheel of a car with a puzzled look on my face or walking through a public place with my shoelaces untied watch out, I just might be trying to remember something.