Well, I've spent almost all of my summer on this one sock, which for various reasons—the FIFA World Cup being a distracting culprit—has been done and redone many times.
My big sticking point (apart from the terrible vagueness of the pattern) has been the short-row heel. I've not been happy with the result or execution of the method given in the pattern (wrap and turn), and have been experimenting with different methods of working a short-row heel.
I don't like the ‘holes’ to be too big or noticeable, but I also want a method that's simple. Any ideas or favourite methods out there that someone could share?
For the moment I've settled on a compromise that I kind of cobbled together from TECHknitter's blog that is a sort of cross between wrapping and a yarn over method. I like it for its simplicity and ease of execution (In stocking/stockinette stitch, K to turn point, slip (always purl-wise), yarn back, slip, purl to turn, repeat and then to close, from the right side, k to gap, k2tog, turn, slip, purl to gap, p2togtbl, turn, slip, repeat until gaps are closed).
By ease of execution and simplicity, what I really mean that this is a method that I can easily use while watching tv or talking and I can easily tell where I am by looking and it's more difficult (at least for me) to get lost. And the result I found a reasonable compromise between being very ‘holey’ and looking a bit like a tangled mess with the added bonus (again at least for me) of not having to faff about with pins or the like.