I started these a while ago and have only just finished them, last night, in bed in fact!
They are my first attempt at socks and I'm really happy with the results.
They are knitted on 3mm double point needles and the yarn is Opal Picture for Bergere de France.(Special sock yarn) Believe it or not, this is how the yarn knits out of the ball. All the stripes and fairisle stuff happens automatically. I knitted the first one quickly, but I lost some concentration on the second one. And yes I know they are different...ehhhhh...I planned it that way!
I really wanted the learn to knit socks and just figured it out as I went along. I used this as the basic pattern, but I didn't do the rib, only plain. I made the men's size, I was glad I did. My feet are biggish, size 41 (European). You can make them as short or long as you like, both the foot and the ankle parts. Youtube is a great source of instructioal videos too. But to be honest I didn't understand how to "turn a heel" until I got to the heel and just did it!
Socks are a great project to have on the go...I kept mine in my handbag and did a little whenever I got a chance. Because to rounds are only short, it's easy to do a bit and put it down, not like a big sweater. I have a new ball of yarn already to start the next pair!