I finished the first tiny gray sock (OK, they're not as tiny as they used to be, but compared to the big gray socks I made for Mickael, these are tiny) and have begun the second. Socks are great for being portable and easy to work on at odd times. I can do socks on the phone without having to think about them. I can work on them while I'm waiting for Caleb to do things (he's feeling better now and is back in school today). I can work on them while I'm waiting for pasta to cook for dinner or a hundred other little bites of time that are too small to pull out anything bigger. I think this is a big part of the appeal of knitting socks. Once you get a feel for how they work, you don't need a book to knit them. A simple stitch pattern can be memorized, and heel turns, gussets and toes are all inter-related to the number of stitches you cast on in the first place. So all you need is some great sock yarn (the other big part of the appeal of knitting socks), your favorite sock needles and a baggie to put it in - voila, portable project!
If you've never tried knitting socks, grab a sock book, some yarn and needles and go for it. Even if you decide socks aren't for you, you will at least discover the magic of the heel turn and wonder at how on Earth you were able to turn a tube of knitting 90 degrees. You'll probably become a sock addict like the rest of us though, if only for the ability to have a small, portable project to drag around with you as you run around doing everything. And buying the wonderful hand dyed sock yarns is pretty fun too!