As promised, here's the link for the ribbing trick I just learned. It sure works up nicely IMO. I've finished Alex's first sock and I'll post a picture of that once I graft the toe. I've got it sitting on a spare pair of dpns right now because I want to learn how to do a kitchener seam properly for once. All I've done so far is sew up the seam, and did a three needle bind-off on another.