Yes, that's right, I casted on my very first sock, and am on my way to knitting this lovely kilt hose for my boyfriend. Here I introduce you to (also my very first) the short row toe:
I am using a "generic" white aran 3/5 Nm yarn, from bluefaced leicester wool that is so soft and nice to work with. It doesn't split and knits up easily. Also, knitted on 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles it gives a stiff and sturdy fabric that softens up after washing, exactly what I was looking for. Yes, I swatched (sock-style, knit one row, move to the other end of the needle, carry your yarn along, knit next row. alsmot like a giant I-cord but leaving the yarn loose) and washed it to make sure the gauge was right and the fabric would be nice against the skin.
I'll keep you updated!