I really love Debbie Macomber’s books too. Her Cedar Cove series is a lot of fun. The 5th book in it will be coming out later this year.
I’m currently making Peter’s Socks - the pattern from “A Good Yarn”. There is a picture of a finished sock on Debbie’s website. The pattern doesn’t say anything about doing the first eight rows on a smaller size needle, but from the picture on her website I’m sure that’s what you should do. If you get a chance to check out the pic on debbiemacomber.com let me know if you think I’m correct.
I’m doing the first pair of socks without changing sizes, but when I make another pair I’m going to try it that way. Also, if there’s an error in the pattern, I’ll email Debbie and she can have it fixed before “A Good Yarn” goes into paperback.