Don't forget the videos here that give example on many of the steps in knitting socks. I would also suggest starting with a couple of baby socks. This allows to to try and master all the steps quickly. A baby sock that has a 3.5 inch foot is a lot quicker than a size 13 with a 11.5 inch foot. You can practice turning a baby heel 3 or 4 times in the time it take me to go from the toe to the heel of one of my socks.