Yay! I finished my socks and I'm pretty happy with them! I was very very worried about NOT calling myself a "beginner" when I saw all the amazingly beautiful and complex socks that everyone was making. And then when I started browsing the beginner links and found really fancy stuff, I got even more concerned! But I think I did fine.
Here's the finished, washed, blocked socks, along with the yarn left from one skein (My sock pal wanted shorter length socks):
Here's a close-up of the pattern on the leg:
And here's a picture of DH modeling them (my sock pal has feet larger than mine, so I couldn't try them on!)
Now the details:
KnitPicks Color Your Own Sock Yarn, dyed with Wilton paste coloring in moss green, brown and orange, dyed in my microwave by dipping portions into mason jars of each color.
Essentially the two-at-once on one 40" circular needle pattern found at:
http://webdesignsbybarb.com/tostetoes. I used a size 2 needle and made them with 64 stitches around and knit just as the pattern said (including the reinforced heel) until the leg part. I then decreased back to 60 stitches and used the zigzag stitch, as explained on October 4th in 365 Knitting Stitches a Year . I finished with a K1P1 ribbing.
Although I still don't care for the colors (I'm not a brown and orange person ;)), I like the way the colors formed a pattern of sorts. I'm amazed that the socks look reasonably alike (more identical than fraternal). Finally, I like the scrunch kind of appearance that the pattern made. I hope my sock pal likes them!