I looked through knitty again, and found this
which I think I'll try with some waste yarn on larger needles before even thinking about trying them on real socks. If you read all the way through the article, it doesn't seem so daunting. I have never used magic loop (nor do I know what it is) and I prefer dpns to circs.
Thank you all for your suggestions. I'll try to post pics of this pair of socks once I'm done, and my next pair so we can compare