However, I discovered that there is a dedicated language of sock knitting that causes confusion for the uninitiated- toe up or top down, four double pointed needles or circular needles or the Magic loop or even two- at -a -time!
It was all just too much so I began to search for a class, looked all over the city but couldn't find anything within reasonable driving distance so I abandoned the project, well, sort of put it on the back burner protem.
Then a couple of months ago I happened to walk into Joann's for some notions when they were promoting their classes and lo and behold, a sock knitting class! Of course I signed up and took the class-it was only two sessions, but that is really quite adequate as long as you already have the basics of knitting. I learned the English style as a very young child rather than the US so I had a few adjustments to make, different instructions, abbreviations, methods of increase /decrease, cast on and off etc.
The teacher agreed to give instruction for toe up-my preference- although her preference is for top down. I liked the idea of toe up for a couple of reasons, you can get a smooth, ridgeless toe and a more accurate sock fit as well as the ability to use up the entire ball of yarn by making the leg part longer instead of having partial balls left over. The method we learned was on two circular needles so there was a learning curve there to adjust to that technique and I found that it really helps to have two different colored needles!