Ingrid, you are absolutely correct. It is the joining and the first few rows! I am trying to do a k2p2 ribbing and it just looks like a mess, not ribbing.
Do you mean to knit a few rows off the cast-on needle, then distribute the stitches?
CarmenIbanez, I don't know if that would help, because I don't have any circular needles yet! I am going to order some 6.5 mm circular needles after Easter so that I can make the Booga bag. You may be hearing from me again.
Thanks! I am going to attack The Sock again tonight!