I'm a creature of habit, and when I knit plain socks this is how I knit them (at the moment!)
1) Self-patterning sock yarn, what I call German sock yarn.
2) One circular. The current optimal length is 80cm (used to prefer 60cm but I had more accidents with knitting pulled off the needle)
3) Knit one sock, then the other.
In the old days I'd CO 68 for Mr C, and 64 for me, but these days I go right down to 56sts. I CO about 4-6 extra stitches, over the two needle tips, which gives a nice stretchy feel to the top of the sock. Then it's an inch or two of 1x1 ribbing, followed by two purl rounds, where I decrease the extra stitches. Purling two rows disguises the fact that the ribbing (I change to 3x1) isn't fluid. The leg is all 3x1. The foot is plain.
I hardly ever manage to knit the entire pair of socks without having to stop and untangle the mess which is centre-of-a-German-sockyarn-ball. I never learn my lesson.
And I like to match up the pattern. It means that when I knit the second sock I can use the stripe pattern as reference, rather than having to measure as I reach critical sock-knitting points. I also like symmetry!
I started my current SIPs at the end of May, when I went to visit family. To save time having to de-tangle the yarn I wound it up into two 50g balls. And thought I'd go for fraternal rather than twin socks. And knit them concurrently. Not exactly concurrently, more like leg1, leg2, heel1, heel2, foot1, foot2, toe1, toe2.
Leg1 was knitted at the end of May. I started leg2 last night. Jusst by picking up the second ball and casting on. NO MATCHING UP OF PATTERN.
Guess what? It nearly matches up! Not quite though. I'm not entriely comfortable with a nearly-matching pattern. Will I be tempted to start the heel of the second sock nearly a centimetre earlier, or can I live with it? They're for MrC (he chose the colour) and therefore I don't have to wear them...
Oh, and I finished Ocean Breeze! It's RED, looks a little pink here..