Having always knit socks toe-up after my 1st and 2nd pairs ran out of yarn on the second sock toe, I find myself knitting cuff down for the first time in years. The class "Grok the Sock" taught by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is the reason for this switch. It was the heel technique she used in class that swayed me as it would fit my instep a lot better then the short row heel socks I've been knitting as of late. The class also has me back into using DPNs in lieu of 2 circulars mainly due to this technique Stephanie taught for getting rid of ladders. Seriously simple. It really is a first, or near first, time for many things with this barely begun pair of socks: I'm knitting in the picking style (continental some call it), using a formula and not a pattern, using a picot trim instead of ribbing, DPNs, knitting cuff down, ladder ridding technique, I will be knitting a new to me heel flap and lastly I plan to decrease like you would for a hat for the toes. All this means I'm progressing at a mighty slow pace. Well, that and I'm knitting these at 10 stitches/inch (crazy I know, but that's what this yarn looked best at and a denser knit sock will last longer.)
As for books, my son and I are now reading Loki's Wolves by Kelley Armstrong. It's about the modern day descendants of the Norse gods who happen to be young kids (middle school aged) and how they must band together to prevent Ragnarok - the end of the world. My son really loves Norse Mythology having read D'Aulaire's Book of Norse Myths last year as well as some graphic novels on Thor. The book is very action oriented with a fair amount of fight scenes, but still brings up the Norse myths, their characters and meanings.
Joining in with Ginny for Yarn Along.