Ok, so there are no broom sticks but I have finally made wearable socks!
I used Vanna's worsted weight yarn and the pattern from a lovely book, Learn to Crochet Socks by Kathy Wesley, so they are definitely too big to wear with shoes but they are perfect as bed socks. When I wear them to bed at night to watch TV my feet stay toasty warm.
I gave a pair to a friend for Christmas; I'll find out soon how much she likes them.
I can't wait to try the new stretch yarn by Patons to attempt to make socks that can be worn with shoes.