Must be the extreme cold this winter that is making me obsess over socks. I have joined the "Self Impossed Sock Club" Group over at Ravelry. The idea is you bag up patterns and yarn - one per month, then every month graba bog and knit.
Course I have no bags, patterns or yarn yet, but I am trying to finish a few things first. Mainly my garter rib socks.
Some good links to techniques. This one lets you cast on (for top down) without the bump where you join the round.