I just wanted to say, I have several of the books -mentioned, but my favorite is the "Getting Started in Socks" by Ann Budd. Very clear instructions for beginners! I have the SS books too, but find the other much easier to understand and more detailed (including every little step! I need that
). I also think "2 at a Time Socks" by Melissa Morgan-Oakes might be great for you~its a Magic Loop book, and since you like that technique, this would be an excellent choice. I really like the patterns in this one!
I see that you already ordered SS-hope you enjoy it!