I love to knit the toe up socks using Judy's magic loop cast on (no Kitchener!) with a short row heel. I can make a a sock in a couple of days of evening knitting.
One of the complaints I hear is the bind off is too tight so that the sock isn't easy to pull on and off. The way to make a perfect bind off every time is to bind off with a large needle. I knit the socks with a US2 needle and bind off with a US8. I use the cable needle because it is short and I am working on only two stitches at a time, right?!
This bind off will fit over every foot, every time.
Nothing like the pleasure of a pair of plain socks! Go cast on a pair today!