Knitting socks is cool. I thought, if I can knit a sock, I can knit anything. Not necessarily so, but I can knit a sock. I can even knit two at a time, toe up or top down. Now I need to get to that yarn that's waiting. I started with worsted weight yarn and made in-home socks to keep my feet warm. My GS decided he needed thick, short top socks for slippers and he got them. If the toe or heel intimidates you you can try stirrup socks. http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/80004AD.html
Whatever you decide to knit, enjoy!