They were finished Sunday afternoon - July 19, 2015 - and were begun on June 28, 2015. Three weeks from start to finish...not bad for me. [Of course the second knit up faster as all the details were figured out...about a week.]
The socks are in Regia 6-ply yarn and knit on Addi Sock Rocket needles, sized 2.5 mm [which are the larger US size 1] so the fabric wouldn't be super dense...although it is pretty rigid.
The Estonian Band Heel - from Think Outside the Sox - was okay to knit but I doubt if I'll be using it again as I'm underwhelmed by the way it fits. I mainly wanted to try it because - if the calculations are done right - you work some decreasing in the heel flap that eliminates the need for a conventional gusset on the foot.
Undecided if these will remain in my sock drawer or be given away. still, overall, I think they were successful.
P.S. The background, scissors fob, and stitch markers were late birthday gifts from my friend, Molly. A crochet afghan of the TARDIS and Dr. Who charms for the beaded items. Yowza, what a gift...I've been a Whovian since 1972!