I did EXACTLY the same thing you did - I saw that book and got really enthusiastic even though I'd never knitted a sock before! What the heck, just jump off that cliff!!!
And I was nothing but confused! There's a gradient to learning anything, and the path I was on was just too steep! :??
Then I back-tracked. I got hold of Ann Budd's book, "Getting Started Knitting Socks" and picked up some double pointed needles and actually knit socks! She shows and discusses the anatomy of socks (what the heck did I know about gussets, anyway?) and then goes step by step through the entire procedure.
I have to admit that the first pair I made were pathetic! I use them to sleep in. They might not be pretty but they sure are warm!
Then I went on to knit others, relying heavily on Ann's book, and I'm now having a wonderful time knitting socks.
Once I got the hang of it and understood the structure and how to knit one I started trying other methods to find out which I'd like best. I've done Magic Loop and two socks on two needles. NOW I'm ready for Melissa's book since Magic Loop isn't a mystery to me anymore and I've got an idea about using circs to do socks.
So give yourself a break, Sweetie! :hug:
Check out Silver's Sock Tutorial and also Amy on this site has some cool videos, too! Ann Budd, though, is the starting-to-knit-socks guru in my book! :yay:
And enjoy your sock knitting adventures! They are so cool to do! I've given a couple pair as gifts so far and I think I'd have to shoot the folks who have them in order to get them back!
Good luck and happy knitting!