For the heel I did the Sockmatician Toe Ups (click for link) by Nathan Taylor. I did that heel on my last socks but didn't quite understand what I was doing so gave it another go. This time around I think it definitely clicked better and I had left myself a couple of notes that helped as well. My gauge is super tight though so I had to consciously relax my hands. That's no fault of the pattern obviously! ha! The yarn is exactly as everyone says about self striping: it is addictive! I just kept feeling like ooooh I want to see the next color.
In quilting news: I started this donut quilt. Not sure when? Maybe April or March? Anyways I had seen a quilt pattern called Donuts which is by Johanna Masko. (click for link) I liked the idea but did not initially want to make it. Really what it comes down to is that I did not want to buy the pattern, which is generally what it comes down to with me and quilt patterns.
But the idea kept coming back up. So I figured out my own pattern based on the shape. Really if you look at it you can see that it is a cross between a nine patch and road to Tennessee blocks. I have not seen the pattern in person so I don't know what the pattern measurements and finished block sizes are, so I figured out the size I wanted to end up with and went from there! Right now I'm not planning a border. Each square color represents a different flavor. Chocolate brown, Berry, lemon, blueberry, sprinkles, strawberry, honey, lime. I think I'm going to do one more row and then call it good.