The sock pattern I have selected is "His-Her Crew and Knee Socks" from Interweave Knits, Spring 2002.
The green thread pictured is necessary for what is known as a Provisional/Invisible cast-on. Wow did I struggle with that. I couldn't sort it out from the magazine glossary; but this great online tutorial did the trick: Invisible (Provisional) Cast-On Also known as Looped Cast-On
As you can see I am now taking out that yarn to put the "live" stitches on my other two double points.
Another reason I selected this pattern is because I have never done a sock from the toe up before so this is something else new. I wanted a relatively quiet texture pattern in case the color mix is really busy.
This pattern is a challenge for me so I do have another option if I get fed up. Unfortunately I am also working on another set of socks that is also not a mindless pattern which means I need another project for my mindless needs.
This last photo I am going to submit to Conjoined Creations. They have a very fun, ongoing contest to get more photos of people using their yarn. You can get entered in a drawing for yarn prizes which is hard to pass up a chance to try for. :)