Ellen, and Naomi,
I know, I know...finally...in the making is a S O C K.
What you don't see is the NEXT part which I have made a mistake on the heel. The purl side is showing up on the wrong side and it doesn't look right in addition to that, but I can rip that sucker out.
Here is a good resource for sock directions - step by step with PICTURES!
After the first inch, it does get easier. Tomorrow, if I don't back out, the sock goes to a Presidential town.