Oh Janie, stay well away from socks, as far as you can get. As far as I can tell knitting socks is second only to heroin in addiction problems.
First come the surprise and pride that you can do it, then comes having to knit more, then comes more yarn, and of course you'll need more needles and oh my....the sock yarns are an addiction in and of themselves. Truly, I had to had a "stash holder" in my bedroom for sock yarn. Last, but not least, is the wonderful look on the faces of your loved ones as you give them the most comfortable pair of socks they have ever worn.