I definitely have second sock syndrome. Take the green sock debacle - not only do I not enjoy knitting the second sock, apparently I can be rubbish at it too!
Meet Amber...I follow her on instagram and she has the best sock eye candy and is a great inspiration. She knits her socks two at a time and was really helpful and gave me some direction of where to start. I learn new knitting techniques by video and find this much easier than diagrams in books so I bought a Knitfreedom online course. At $30 it wasn't cheap but it includes magic loop techniques, two at a time toe up and cuff down socks. It comes with a massive course book and more importantly for me includes videos of all of the steps. It was totally worth the money for me as I know I'll go back to it time and time again.
What can I say? Two at a time is absolute GENIUS!!!!
I've been wanting to try a Cookie A sock pattern for a while and decided this one didn't look too tricky. It's from the most wonderful book The Knitter's Book of Socks by Clara Parkes. After borrowing this book from the library five times I decided I really should buy my own.
The yarn is Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock in ultraviolet (colour now discontinued). It has more of a nylon, shiny feel to it than the other wool/nylon sock yarns I've used. Hopefully this will wash out over time. The pattern is called Elm. There's 3 different charts that you follow at different times and move the socks around to start each new chart. Needless to say i followed the directions exactly! The cuff of the sock is really long, mine look much longer than the picture in the book. I'm not sure if that's the photography or my row gauge. The pattern is also a lot chunkier than I imagined so these are more lounging around at home socks than going into shoes socks.