Well, I finished the 1st sock. Piece of cake. Had to do the Kitchener stitch for the toe two times before I go it (almost right). This morning it took 4 times to long tail cast the 2ND sock to get it to start in the right sequence to match the 1st one. For my 1st pair of socks I used two skeins (I did not realize that 1 would make a pair) so I was able to make sure before I cast on the first I would start at the same point. Now I've heard and I hope for future socks, as I now know I will knit more, that the matching is not a big thing but for these socks it is a must! I'm really happy with the first one and the second one is now moving right along. Another lesson learned!
I am using size 2, one Addi & one Susan Bates. This help me keep my track of which needle is front & back. Since I am doing 2x2 rib when I end on the first needle it is 2k, I start 2p on the 2ND needle, in this case the SB needle is the knitting one. When I put the sock down it is easy for me to pick up when I left off. My first pair below were on Size 3. This yarn is a lighter weight and the 2 are making it a really dense sock. They should last quite a while, although as this is a gift, one that I would probably not wear, I'm not sure if she, who will not be named, will get to wear these beyond her anniversary of July 4th.