Speed knitting benefits from a certain amount of advance preparation, both mental and material. After noting Kate Atherley's progress on (and distraction from) Project Black Sock on Knittyblog and her own blog, I decided not only to revive my carbon footprint project but also to stop overthinking it.
So I'm planning to knit plain black socks along the lines of the sock recipe on p. 131 of Knitting Rules. And I'm not going to think about the pity party aspects of the knitalong or the fannish pattern list or the attribution of Authored Pattern™ status to directions that have appeared in knitting books long before When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth – no, no! I'm just going to sit and knit.