I started on my first pair of socks after getting a book on knitting two-at-a-time, my Knit Picks Options set AND four skeins of bare yarn. I had to dye the yarn first of course, b/c that's the funnest part. I used a new technique I read about that uses a crock pot or a pot of water simmering on the stove. I really like the variations I got when I placed the yarn in the pot with warm water and poured the mixed dye over it. I had to mix up the dye twice and turn the yarn over to make sure it got a good even color but this creates by far my favorite "look"
I'm using the pattern Ripple Stitch Fixation:
and of course, my hand-dyed yarn!
My Knit Picks Options set only goes down to a size 4 needle so I had to grab a Susan Bates but it's working fine. I can see why some ppl just aren't sock ppl: it's a lot hard work to knit socks!! You have tiny lil needles and tiny lil yarn and you must know the parts of a sock or the pattern will be impossible to understand.
So far, I'm about 4" into the cuff and I love the look of this pattern. I have my doubts about the stretchiness of these socks but if I really like the pattern, I can always make another pair and knit elastic into them...or even better use the Knit Picks sock yarn that has elastic in the middle of the cotton and wool plies!!!