I'm in the process of making my very first sock (can't even call it a pair...yet) and I am using Silver's Amazing Tutorial.
I'm about to start Step Nine (The toes). So, as a very newbie socker, my one and only pointer is to take it one step at a time. I remember reading Step Eight before I started and I thought "That'll never make sense!" But, when I got there, it did.
My MIL, who is quite an accomplished knitter offered me the same advice: One step at a time.