I cast on the first of a pair of bulky weight socks during the time I worked on the Color Block Scarf. After much thought as to why I might have the need to have more than one project on my needles at one time I have finally come to the conclusion that it is because I am a multi-tasker at my very core. I've got twins for goodness sakes!
Many of us handle more than one thing at a time. Example: making dinner while overseeing one of your children do their homework, while opening and sorting mail, while feeding the dog, putting the dog outside, letting the dog inside, checking the pots on the stove, answering the phone, getting the box of dry pancake mix from the baby who's just about to shake it all over the living room...You get my drift. This is an average evening for me. I don't claim to always handle myself with grace but somehow dinner gets made, the dog is happy, the kids have their homework finished and I have pancake mix still in the box ready for use the following day.
I like to have more than one project going at a time and I can handle them without getting frazzled and upset, still however, not claiming a constant state of grace, but I like knowing that I have something on the needles that I can grab as I run out the door. It makes me feel at ease.
These socks fit that category perfectly. The pattern is awesome for a beginning sock knitter. It has good photos of steps you need to take to accomplish a basic sock. Once you've cast on and got a few rounds on those needles you're good to go. I am working mine with size 8 needles using Classic Wool Roving rather than Shetland Chunky because the recipient of these socks wanted all wool.
Another plug I have for this pattern is - knitting socks with bulky weight yarn goes SUPER fast.