Hi, I'm a newbie myself so keep that in mind but, I started with the requisite scarf and then did a basic hat and I have branched out to socks. I learned the Magic Loop method and I'm moving along through the legs of my first pair (2 at a time on ML), so far so good. I haven't done the heels or gussets yet so I can't comment on really how hard/easy it is but what's the worst that could happen, you might make a mistake, but that's what learning is all about. I would get some less expensive yarn to try it out. I got a couple books and I recommend Getting Started Knitting Socks. I also have 2-At-A-Time Socks and Knitting Circles Around Socks. 2 at a time is on Magic Loop. Knitting circles is using 2 circulars to knit 2 at a time. I skipped the whole DPN thing. I used them to finish my hat and it just wasn't something I thought I wanted to do through a whole sock, plus using Magic Loop or 2 circs you can do 2 at a time. I've also watched several videos online about doing the heels and gussets. I don't expect it to be the easiest thing I've ever done but a challenge is a good thing. It may seem ambitious but be confident and give it a try. Good Luck with whatever you decide to do.