I spent my time in Canada knitting a shawl for my niece but will block it and gift it in the fall. In between time I knit three pairs of socks. The ones on the left are knit with Zauberball from Germany, the middle with Patons, and the ones on the right with a yarn I bought in Germany a few years ago. All are 80% wool and the rest nylon. Those in the middle are interesting because the first sock of the pair was knit about 5 times. My heroine, Jean, from Scotland has been experimenting with socks and this has fostered quite a discussion on her blog. I had already tried knitting one and two socks on two circulars and on one long circular and found that my dpn's were much faster and much more relaxing for me. Of course, these things are so personal. This time I tried different heels - Lucy Neatby's garter stitch heel, Ms. Strong's heel, Elizabeth Zimmermann's afterthought heel, Cat Bordhi's Sweet tomato heel, and the yo-yo (or jo-jo) heel. None of them was as comfortable as the flap and gusset that I usually knit. In fact, some of them were very uncomfortable for me. I guess I agree with many of the people who made comments on Jean's blog that we probably like the method of sock knitting that we first used. Perhaps it is because it has become part of us. I have no regrets and am really glad that I learned some new tricks and I was glad that I was able to help a neigbour who couldn't understand the sweet tomato heel. I was able to show her how to do them and they fit her beautifully.