You're welcome. I've not watched a ML video for a while but I think Amy's is one I really liked.
Weird? I dunno. It sounds odd to me but what do I know, I never made a bear. Is the pattern one you can link to? I think I remember discussion here about the best way to deal with such a small cast on. If it were me, I might try I cord-ing at first. Maybe.
You can't knit the left sock first. Ever.