I decided to try the method of knitting small diameter "in the round" fabric using two circular needles. I found Cat Bordhi's U-tube videos of the process, part one and part two. Now, I had reasonably assumed, given that the video had two parts, that this was a complecated procedure, taking extra long to explain. I couldn't have been more wrong. I've tried it today, and the drama is: there is no drama.
I watched the videos early this morning. It looked easy, really. I dutifully knit away, decreasing until the stitches would no longer comfortably fit on the 40cm circ they were on. I grabbed up all of my knitting, stitch holders and other knitting paraphenalia I thought I might need, and came in here and sat in front of the computer, with Cat's videos on the screen and ready to play. I put "Radio Margaritaville" on in the background.
Bravely, i decided to start out without looking at the videos, and then refer to them if I needed help. Those video's never got played. It's just that easy. My only complaint is that I thought it would be a good idea to get my second circ in a different, longer, length, so I bought an 80cm ones. I wish now that I had just bought another 40cm one, as when the 80cm needles are the dormant ones, all that cord does get in the way.
Otherwise, it came off without a hitch, and I'm happily knitting away, heading for the finish line. Overall, it's quite a positive experience, and will certainly go a long way in breaking down those mental barriers that have kept me away from making socks for so long.
Sometimes, I amaze myself.