Since I still consider myself a beginner, I really welcome advice and ideas. I'm making my first sock. If it turns out ok, I'll knit the second and call them a pair. :)
The yarn is finger weight (at least I think that's what the lady in the store said) and the 5 DP needles are 2.25mm / #1. I've started at the top with a K2P2 rib; so far there is about 5 1/2" of sock. The plan is to do a short-row heel after about another inch of knitting.
The questions relate to how far to continue the ribbing. Some books seemed to indicate switching to stockinette stitch about an inch above the heel and for the rest of the sock. Others would keep the ribbing along the top of the sock, all the way to the toe. At some level, it doesn't really matter, as long as the thing gets finished, but because I'm one of those types who looks at ideas and patterns, and then goes off and creates his own, it seemed wise to see how choices like this affect how much you enjoy the knitting process or how comfortable the sock is to wear, once it's completed.
By the way, the afghan that I'm knitting is coming along slowly - at 255 stitches across, I've completed 101 rows of the 363 rows that will finish it off. I started in August 2013 - 6 months ago - so at this rate, I'll have a picture ready for people to see in February 2015! It was originally intended for my parents, but they have started downsizing and even returning gifts to people, just because they don't have room, so the afghan may never make it to their place. We'll see.