I have heard that hats are a great way to get introduced to dpns. Not having personally made a hat, I can't vouch for this.
However, I would encourage you to go ahead and try the socks. It's really not that hard once you get going, and you know that we are here to help you along the way!
Nathalie - AuburnChick's Adventures
Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.
-- Isaac Asimov