Hi, Andi! :waving:
Very well done on taking the road to sock-ville! Its’ a WONDERFUL adventure with WONDERFUL products at the end of the rainbow!
When you can, treat yourself to a copy of Ann Budd’s book, “Getting Started Knitting Socks”. It’s the one that really got me over the terrors and through the woods on sock knitting! Clear instructions, great photos and lots of informative charts like how much yarn you’ll actually need for various sizes based on how many stitches to the inch you’re knitting. That little gem has been quite a help for me in making sure I’ve got enough (but not too much) yarn.
As far as the dpn’s - that’s definitely worth learning. It might feel all awkward and fiddly at first, but you’ll soon learn the right “feel” for you in holding and maneuvering them.
Good luck and keep us posted on your progress! We’re rooting for you! This tired old world just NEEDS more hand-knit socks, they’re so huggy and warm!