Just a lightning entry here from the Count, because I wanted to experiment with two different kinds of double-wrap, no pick-up short-row heels.
One is the garter stitch heel, ably demonstrated by KnitPurlHunter -- this type of heel, double-wrapping but NOT picking up the wraps--- works so well that the Count might use it to exclusion in all socks. Instead of KPH's clicker, though, Count Sockula employs stitch markers to mark the unworked center stitches.
The other heel is the Count's own harebrained scheme: why not do the same thing of not picking up wraps, but only use stockinette stitch! Muahahaaaa!
And it worked. Sort of.
Count Sockula was presented with a nice stockinette stitch heel that looked perfect on the left side of the heel (when the heel is facing the Count), but some not-insurmountable gaps on the right side. This may have to do with stitch tension. We shall see.
And because I wanted two different color socks, but a single yarn ball for each, I picked some Sugar 'n' Cream self-striping cotton. Top-down, 36 stitches, worked on #4 needles for the K1 P1 cuff, switched to #6 for the heel and foot. It's likely that for future dishcloth sockies, I will switch back to the smaller needle to work the heel.
Behold! Cousins, all the way. The coral-toned sock with the stockinette heel shows some green from an added strand:
Count Sockula is also beginning not to like a very pointy toe. I pointed the toe because that meant fewer stitches to Kitchener, but meh. I should have bit the Kitchener bullet and worked the usual 8 stitches per needle, not five. And decreased every row after a bit, for an even blunter-toe effect.
Yes. Mystery Sock. On the way. Unllikely to be finished until colder weather hits.