It took two times of ripping it out, and watching the video on Knitting Help several times in a row just to be sure I was seeing it right..
but I finally turned a heel!
Now I'm working on the foot, and that's coming along steadily. I also impressed the guys on the bus with my mad skillz as one guy reminisced about his mother knitting him and his brother sweaters and another expressed awe that I could not only keep straight 5 needles, but that the pattern flowed so easily.
I of course pled modesty and told them about the interesting tidbits that Stephanie, the beloved Yarn Harlot, posted about. Such as how stockings much longer than what I was knitting, with smaller yarn (thread at that point?) and needles.. and managed to do one a day.
But of course it gave me warm fuzzies.
The socks won't be done for Christmas though.