I used Knit Picks nickle plated circular needles.
I have Knit Picks full range of sizes including their fixed circulars. I love the quality of Knit Picks and find the price better than the more expensive competitors. I would advise not using a low quality needle such as Boyes circulars. The cables are to stiff to work with. The needles connection to the cables snag and they make a fun and easy task, a frustrating one.
I found a great pattern to use that was perfect for my first time. Its simple and easy to follow. I bought the e-video/book so I would have the videos included in the order of the work. I am completely self taught thanks to the internet.
KnitFreedom has some great patterns. Check out the sock pattern I used. It was so much fun.
What I needed was a heavy, warm, pair of alpaca socks for this winter. I call them my boot socks because that’s what I made them for!! No more cold toes for me when I am out with the sheep during winters fury. 😀