That waffle st sounds like it'd make a really cute cuff. I might try that sometime. Knitting Daily has instructions for a seamless argyle sock (in the round) that you can dowload for free by signing up (which is also free). I'm definitely going to swatch it first, because I'm feeling intimidated, too. If anybody else here already has that pattern, can you explain to me what they mean by "loops"? Maybe it'll become obvious when I actually try it.
It's snowing here, too.