Purely delighted with myself and with thanks to Araignee link for sending me a great pattern to start out with.
The Knitmore Vanilla Sock Pattern by Jasmine Canty link
They look like the perfect socks.
I am in buisness! They are cast on and knitting will commence. Will keep you posted. It doesn't help that I have the biggest feet this side of the Gulf of Mexico, but I can always give them away at Christmas.