I decided for my next pair I would start with a Channel Island Cast On. "Why?" my wife inquired. Well, I hadn't done it before, it looks kind of neat, and most importantly I was up for a challenge. So I opened up Lucy Neatby's Cool Socks, Warm Feet while watching a few episodes of Northern Exposure and went at it. Two hours later, I still was without success. A little frustrated (but not put off), I went online to see what I could find. Several guides and a few false starts later, I finally got it. This guide was the only one which really helped me. Some of the sites wanted me to put a doubled slip knot onto the loop, but this proved unnecessary.
Since I generally only allow myself to have three pairs of socks going at once, you may be wondering why I was casting on for a new pair. Well, both the Barter Socks and the Bowtie Socks are complete! I will post pictures tomorrow, since it's 2:30 a.m. now.