I recently volunteered to knit lap afghans for a local hospice group. Since I have to track the volunteer hours I spend knitting, I'm getting an interesting perspective on how long it takes to knit something like this.
Example: last night I sat and knitted for 2 hours and 15 hims. (I bought a stopwatch. Yes, it's anal, but I like to be accurate.) Over 170 stitches, I knitted 27 rows in pattern. I counted rows with this:
(My pattern is over 9 rows. I could count 4 pattern repeats without resetting the counter.)
So: 27 rows x 170 stitches: 4590 stitches. Something like 34 stitches/minute. I don't think this is very fast, but it's probably about average for me. I've known for a long time I'm not a fast knitter. And I'm ok with that. :-)
I added about 4 inches in length to the lap afghan. It's about 13.5" now.
Just another bit of knitting trivia, presented for your enjoyment.
Oh, and While I'm Thinking About It:
Take care of your teeth. Don't wait 4 years between dentist visits, especially when you're over 50. I just got back from spending half a fortune on having HALF of my teeth cleaned, scraped and scaled. I get to go back in a couple of months and spend the other half fortune on the other half of my teeth. And we haven't even started on the cavities yet.
I hate going to the dentist.