nikie23: Socks are evil. I bought a ball of sock yarn some time ago with grand plans for making all of DD's socks from now on (we try to avoid made-in-China, sweatshop clothes, but finding ethically made socks for toddlers?). I spent weeks frantically googling "easy toddler sock pattern", "very easy toddler sock pattern", "super simple sock pattern", then looking at the instructions with frantic eyes going "Transfer one-third of the stitches to - WHAT? Short-row who the heck? Pick up where how who I HATE THE WORLD!". And then reading a bunch of comments appended to each pattern by expert knitters, saying things like "I think the gauge is a little off on this one, my first pair was two sizes too small - but no problem, it was such a quick knit I just frogged it and knit them again over the weekend".
Suffice it to say, my ball of sock yarn is still pristine, and DD wore extremely dingy socks for a long time until DH got sick of it and went out and bought her a packet of nasty sweatshop made-in-China ones... which, as much as it goes against my principles, was something of a relief. One day, I swear I will master socks... but I don't think it'll be soon.