Figure Eight Cast On for Toe-Up Socks. If you are knitting socks from the toe up, there are several ways to get started. This video covers the figure eight cast on for toe-up socks and is a great cast on for beginning sock knitters.
When learning to knit a color changing yarn is a terrible idea, and needles can be larger than needed but too large and its even harder to do. A nice light or bright color of worsted and needles sizes larger than label reccomendation will do.