I have cast on like 5 or 6 times for a new pair of socks, and things just are not going well! I started with Selbudeath last night and cast on the recommended amount (100 stitches). I used size 1 instead of 1.5 because I don't have 1.5. I started knitting and thought that seemed like too many stitches. The Neptune High socks had about 70-ish on size 1's and then increased up into the 90's after the ribbed cuff. That cuff still turned out kind of baggy for me, so I thought 100 stitches wasn't going to cut it. Ripped out and cast on 70. I started that and then realized I did not like these colors (green and blue) for that pattern.
I decided to knit Durstrang. That pattern has the cuff, for some unknown reason, knit on size 4 needles at 100 stitches, which is ridiculous. I am not knitting the cuff on needles that big. (It does, however, recommend knitting-in elastic, which I don't have. That might make a huge difference in the cuff, I guess.) So I decided on size 2's which is what I'm using for the main sock, even though I still think 100 stitches on size 2's is going to be too big. Also the cuff is knit stranded with alternating main and contrast colors.
Okay, so take 1, I started knitting in K1P1 with knit stitches in MC and purl in CC. It was nearly impossible for me to knit the purl stitches with my left hand. As I struggled with that, I finally realized that I was supposed to be knitting in K2P2 anyway, so I had to rip again.
Take 2: Knitting K2P2 with knit in MC and purl in CC. I finally decided that regardless of the fact that I learned on my last stranded sock to hold the CC in the left hand, I was not going to be able to purl lefty for 20 rounds of the cuff. It was just taking forever, and I had no patience. I switched which hand I was knitting each color in, and it went a little more quickly. I did not like the look of the fabric though. The purl stitches bulge out for some reason, maybe because of the stranded knitting, maybe because I had the yarn switched. I didn't know. I just got annoyed and ripped it again.
And here's a random picture of my cat collection, just so this isn't all text/boring.