There's not much of a reason to knit something you could easily buy ready made, better made, and less costly. Up to this point, I can easily excuse anything not quite up to par as training. My critical eye has determined that the "butter" socks could be better socks and are definitely gonners - frogged them back to a memory.
So knitting should be relaxing, but it can only be relaxing if it's going well and you know what you're doing and it's looking great. At this point I feel stalled. Waiting a shipment to finish a cowboy hat that I ran out of yarn on. Have started another hat for myself in brown, but there's a dang good chance I don't quite have enough to finish. Oooooh, the stress. Then I ripped back a pair of early socks that just weren't quite what I wanted. I'm redoing them on size 1 double-pointed needles. I've got some unfinished gloves I was toying with. What I'd really like to be doing is knitting a sweater, but I have to use up some of this yarn that's accumulated around this house before I even contemplate another purchase!
There's a school of thought out there that says why would one spend so much time on a pair of socks when they're so readily available. Well, I justify this by saying I don't like many socks out there. I don't like tight cuffs. I don't like the choices I see. So I'd like to get FAST (I'm sure that would shock a lot of people) at making them, because I'd like to make MANY pairs of them.