The yarn is "Ella rae" worsted-weight 100% wool, a firm yarn that I think will make good hiking socks. If, that is, the sock remotely resembles a sock when it's done, and fits. If it's loose, I'll call it a bed-sock. I have no idea if I have enough for one sock, two socks, or a dozen, but for a learner sock I think it's great. For stretchiness, did a long-tail cast-on with US size 6, then switched to 5*s, And had to look on YouTube to re-learn how to join up the tube. ** Then one row of knit, and then 2 x 2 ribbing. I got it as far as the first row of ribbing last night (after midnight) and worked on it a little more today (in between the other stuff, about another six rows.) I did not take it to the funeral (friend's father) we attended, figuring that knitting on a bright red sock (with clicky metal needles) was probably not the most courteous thing to do. I'm still not smooth with the double-pointed needles (and yes, I know there's a way to do socks on circulars--I cast on, on a big circular and then transferred to the dpns. For one thing I don't have any size 5 points for my cables--6 is the smallest--and I needed to start right away--and for another thing my cables aren't short cables.)
So...on to the new adventure of sock-knitting. I'll be fine until I get down to the known complication of sock-knitting: turning the heel. But there are directions and also videos online. A heel will be turned.
* I usually knit with 7s and up. All the way to the size 35 I used last fall on big fat yarn and it was FUN. However, big fat yarn doesn't make good socks, and big needles make looser stitches, so I was fairly firmly counseled that the conventional size 5 needles for worsted-weight when making thick socks was just about perfect. Books and personal communication both.
** YouTube knitting videos are incredibly useful for kniitters like me, who sortakinda remember how to do things but not quite (after a 40 year hiatus in knitting.) I understand from a friend who crochets that the crochet videos aren't as useful because they go so fast. I actually *had* knitted with double-points in the round years ago, but had forgotten how to join after casting on.