I spent one afternoon with the laptop on my lap, watching you tube videos of the technique. I tried, ripped, tried again, then ripped and cast on for the 3rd time. I have the hang of it now but the cuff isn't very pretty.
The idea of the knit-a-long is that you only get pieces of the pattern at a time - one "clue" every week. The first clue isn't given officially until Jan 15 (you have to be a member of Ravelry in order to get the clues) but since I ordered the yarn from the company, it came with the first clue.
So I finished the first part on the circular needles. I decided to start the second sock on the same size needles, only double pointed. I cut the yarn from the first sock and started the second sock. Since I know how the pattern works now, the second sock looks much prettier.
Double Pointed Needles
Double pointed again
So, I'll continue to knit the second sock when the clues start to come in, since it will look nicer to send a picture to the sponsoring company. I do have the hang of the Magic Loop method and I can see how many prefer to knit their socks this way. I suppose it is all what you are used to plus it's part of my new year's resolution to try and learn new knitting techniques.