My book arrived! During my sock conceptualization exercises I did some searches to see if what I was thinking of had been done. I found the Knit Picks review of The Sock Knitter’s Handbook and based on the pictures alone bought it. Now that I have it in my hands I find it chock full of diagrams and tips based on sock concepts rather than full sock patterns. Exactly what I was looking for. Oh, bind-offs I will try you all.