I finished my first sock! It's a bit lumpy in places, and it's a little too small. The kitchner stitch at the toe isn't perfect, but I can see how it's supposed to look. I wore the sock last night after I finished it to keep me motivated as I cast on its twin - fraternal, not identical.
Mom called and left a message congratulating me on the sock. She informed me that I learned four new knitting skills in just one sock:
ssk - this is where you slip stitches to the right needle to knit them together. It's like a backwards combining stitch.
short row - this is what you do on the heel. Apparently it will come in handy if I ever knit other things like sweaters.
kitchner stitch - this is a general, all purpose way of joining two pieces of knitting.
casting on stitches from another piece - I can't even begin to describe what this is, but it's not the casting on you do when you start a piece.
B is so thrilled that I'm finally learning to knit socks. He's been begging for hand-knit socks for ages. He even said he'd go to the yarn shop with me to pick out the wool. Now I just need a good pattern for men's socks.