I've been knitting for a little more than five years, but I completed my first pair of socks this morning. They're just your basic, no-frills socks, knit with lemons-and-sunshine washable yarn.
The weather today is disgusting (it's February—where is our snow?!?), but my cheery new socks lighten the mood.
Knitty's Socks 101 explains the basics of sock construction and design—it may be the only sock pattern you'll ever need.
I still prefer mittens and thick, fuzzy yarn, but I can't help but smile when I see those stripes.