Nadja, Tamar and Janelane:
Thanks for the welcomes and the responses.
Janelane, you sound a lot like me (I feel a little sorry for you!!, just kidding), looking for the best way...getting all the books the library has on knitting socks (!, yup, sounds about right!).
On a more serious note, Jane and Nadja, thanks for the substantive opinions. I'm particularly interested in people's opinions of what works for them, and why their preference. Jane, thanks a lot.
A question: why do you prefer one circ over two? I've watched Amy's video on knitting with two circs, and altho it looks like a lot of cable flying around, I imagine with a 'flimsy' enough cable the needles will simply hang out of the way.
Another question: how does alpaca wear, for socks? Anybody out there made alpaca socks? Pure alpaca, or mixture, with what?
Anybody use the alpaca with Tencel, whatever that is, for socks?
By the way, regarding Tamar's response about socks...I'm definitely going to be a sock 'addict'. I can't imagine why any knitter wouldn't want to make socks (sure sign of an addict, I guess...).
Store bought socks (imo of course) are the worst example of small variety, boring style, crappy materials (nylon or polyester socks, yuck), imprecise sizing, and lack of pattern-interest (like cabling, etc.).
Any knitter who hasn't seriously tried getting addicted to knitting socks should re-consider!!
Arno (wink emoticon)