This will have VERY short post... I have a flight to catch in a few hours and am nowhere near ready - yikes! So, in a nutshell: I had loads of sock yarn. I'm not a sock knitter. (What a non-sock-yarn knitter is doing with loads of sock yarn is one of the Great Yarny Mysteries )
What I ended up with is this cozy and kinda silly contraption:
If you also are looking to use up a significant amount of sock yarn and are looking for an easy tubular pattern to knit while watching the tube (har-har), I wrote up the recipe and it can be accessed by clicking here.