It's a good thing I have three projects on the go (four if you count the massive hank of roving I'm ruining with my spindle) because they keep getting, in turns, to the wrong place for the level of concentration I have available.
Most of my attention is on the First Ever Socks and the First Mitts of My Own Design. And it's probably worth my remembering, as I beat myself up about the socks, that the mitts are the result of my not being able to follow the pattern for the ones I wanted to make in the first place.
I don't know what it is about the upper part of the heels on these socks that's killing me. Sleep deprivation? Inexperience? Some distant curse on my house that weakened in transit and left me with an inability to make yarn overs where yarn overs are requested?
Whereas the mittens... mmmm. Not only are they ridiculously easy, they are downright relaxing to knit, weaving the two colours back and forth. And so compact! You don't even need a stitch marker, owing to the nice double line that forms up the inside of your hand as you go along. I think you guys will really like these mitts when I get the pattern posted. I know I'm going to be making a ton of them.