I knit Continental Style. I think knitting looser than most people is pretty typical of he style. What that means is that if the ball of yarn, or the pattern, says to use a size 3 needle, I probably need a 1 or even a 0. I found a deal of sets of 5 double pointed needles at JoAnn's online. Sizes 1, 0, 00, and 000 in steel. They arrived today.
I've been knitting the sock on a set of #1 double pointed needles, but there were only 4 in the set. And the heel side of the sock was all on one of the needles. I was beginning to have problems with one, two and even three stitches falling off the needle just about every round.
I moved them tonight. So much better! When I get to where I'm turning the heel, I need to pay attention to which needle I'm using, but it is so much better.
These two pictures show what the yarn actually looks like. The color is almost right in the upper one.