From cast on to closing the toe, I learned several new techniques with the first sock. Phrases like "new techniques" can sometimes sound daunting, especially when it's for a big sweater project. But techniques become bite sized and easy to incorporate when your'e just knitting a couple of socks.
This KAL is still going strong. It doesn't end until August 31, so there's plenty of time to join in. You've got to see how these look worked up in different colorways in the KAL thread.
Speaking of Olivia, this is a project bag from her new shop, Handmades by Olivia, with my next sock project stashed inside. I'm thinking I'll try another vanilla sock pattern, but with an afterthought heel- another first for me.