Jemm - thanks for the comment. I'll have to find out what the commenter is referring to. I love looking up all things knitting online!
I know what you mean about being fascinated by socks, they grabbed my attention early on. Sock fascination plus the holiday season. . . Oy! It's enough to make me wish for the holidays to be over already. LOL
Please don't think that I don't like or recommend the toe up method. I adore it, and it's my preferred method for knitting socks as I don't personally care for Kitchener stitching the toes. YMMV where knitting is concerned.