I'm taking a stab at my first pair of socks. Just stockinette with a little bit of ribbing at the top to keep it simple. I'm using the Univeral Toe-Up Sock Formula by Amy Swenson from Knitty. I've got one sock down and about half of the second sock done. The toe-up way seems a little boxy but the formula was great and the completd sock fits Chris perfectly. Especially being my first sock, I really liked that with a toe-up pattern I could force my husband to try the socks on every five minutes to make sure they were progressing right. I hope to finish these up in the next week so that I can try knitting up a pair of ankle socks for myself. I've already got some bright red yarn picked out for them.