I'm joining in with Christine's Sockalong over on her Winwick Mum blog.
I got my yarn wound in to a ball ready for today's start day. I must buy myself a yarn winder, my arms ached by the time I'd finished winding.
The first part of the Sockalong is the cuff and leg so I've made a start. I'm using double pointed needles but a short circular needle can be used or the magic loop method on a longer circular needle. I always find the start quite fiddly, joining the knitting to knit in the round and making sure that it isn't twisted, but once that part is over, it's all plain sailing, and the benefit of knitting in the round is that there's no sewing up at the end. I take a size 6 shoe and my tension is quite tight so I've cast on with 72 stitches even though the pattern states 60. I don't often knit a tension square before I start, naughty I know, but I'm quite confident after a few years of knitting socks that casting on 72 stitches will ensure that the socks will fit. If you haven't knit socks before I would definitely recommend knitting a tension square before you start.
One of the joys of knitting with a self patterning yarn is watching the pattern emerge as you knit. I haven't got far enough yet to see what sort of pattern this yarn will produce but it should be obvious by next week.