There is a great free tutorial online, that shows how to knit socks. It was posted by Silver (a former moderator of our KH Forum). http://www.cometosilver.com/socks/
Just scroll down that page, and you'll see the different sock classes she made. They're wonderful - they helped me a lot when I was learning to knit socks. Now, I've knit over 30 pairs of socks, and loved knitting all of them.
My hubby gave me a $50 gift card to AC Moore, so I could buy what I want. I got 10 skeins of Vanna "Glamour" yarn, in a lovely dark blue color. I've been eyeing that yarn for a long time. Now, I'll be able to make something decent with it.
I also got 4 skeins of Patons Shetland Chunky Tweed in a pretty brown color. That will be a hat and scarf set. Maybe mittens too!