Crochet socks have been my ongoing travel project for several months now. After running into a variety of issues, I have come up with the solution - crochet socks two at a time!
The first problem I ran into was not having both skeins of yarn in the bag. Once one sock was finished, I couldn't find the other skein! When I DID find it, I had misplaced the sock. This all happened in the midst of my reorganization phase.
Next I tried putting both skeins of yarn into the project bag. By the time I had completed the first sock, another yarn had caught my attention that I just had to try. Therefore, another project bag went into the closet.
Now that I have found the perfect yarn for me - Paton's Stretch Sock - I put both the skeins and a little snack size zip lock of miniature safety pins (much less expensive than stitch holders). I started with the toe of the first sock. Once the increases were completed, I put a safety pin in where the hook had been to hold the work and started on the toe of the second sock.
I worked the second sock to the arch increases, then put the safety pin in and worked the first sock past the foot and completed the arch. Back to the second sock to complete the arch and the heel. Yesterday I completed the heel of the first sock and started on the cuff. Once that is done, all I'll have left is the cuff of the second sock and an actual PAIR of sock will be done!
It's hard to say whether this technique has saved any time or not, as I work on it only while waiting for kids and doctors and the like. Yet it seems to me that this pair of socks worked up quicker than any I've made before.