I've always used the afterthought thumb method when making gloves because the gusset looked hard and difficult. That's really no excuse not to try a new pattern though. And therefore I took the plunge. I actually knitted a thumb gusset. The world didn't end, the stars didn't fall, and the thumb gusset worked marvelously!!!
I finished my Storm socks in the Fawkes pattern. So scrumptious!