Where thank heavens, i found this colorway, "heavy metal' in Socks That Rock Medium Weight. I used a baby cable rib pattern for the ribbing and a traditional heel (not sure what this is called, but your basic cuff down heel). Yes, I've discovered that I can pick up stitches like a champ. Not sure when I acquired this skill but whatever. I cast on for these when, maybe last Saturday?, and they're done today. The leg isn't very long...just twenty rows til the heel starts. And the medium weight is great because I only cast on 48 stitches for the sock, so it all works up pretty fast.
I also did some spinning today and returned to work on my first real lace project...we had a cloudy day today and I spent most of the day knitting in celebration of the clouds.