I did it! I finished a sock (which at the moment, technically makes it a stocking).
I am learning that while I love sock yarn and I love hand knit socks, I am not a sock knitter. I wish I were though and maybe it will happen someday, but this isn't the day. This was such an easy pattern/recipe to use and if it weren't for the straight stockinette I don't know if I could have made it. It went much quicker than I expected and was less painful than I had anticipated.
The thing I love about knitting socks is the heel. I think it's because its still new to me and I am amazed at how it works. The thing I don't much like about sock knitting is now I have to do it again. Fortunately, I have Diane (at Mackville Road) knitting along with me providing the motivation I definitely need. Even though I worry about second sock syndrome, I know I will finish because I am excited about having a pair of socks that I made.