Starting a sock is like climbing a mountain. Over and over. I've now started the first sock for my husband at least nine times. Yes, I know that sounds excessive. In my own defense, I tested three different kinds of yarn, with different numbers of stitches, on a few different sizes of knitting needles.
The plan now is to forge ahead with Cascade 220 Superwash in brown. Size 3 needles. 52 stitches in a knit two, purl two rib. The helpful folks over at the Knitter's Review Sock Forum advised me to measure the foot, multiply it times the stitches per inch, then deduct 10%. That was tricky, because the sock started with 56 stitches was too big, and this math brought me down only 2 stitches to 54. In the other hand, 48 was too small. Hopefully, 52 is the ticket. And I don't even want to think about sjrunkage.
At this point, it's an intellectual exercise, a puzzle that I will triumph over. Gotta go now -time to turn the lights out for an hour~
Who ever thought socks would be so hard?