I should be done by now but had to rip back the heel, not once but twice. I do not remember how I knit the heel of sock #1 and I suspect I did an incorrect version of the "eye of the partridge" heel from the Yarn Harlot's book.
First I thought I did sl1, k1 all the way across the RS rows and sl1, p1 all across the WS rows but I was knitting up a very very tight couple inches of heel. This was obviously wrong (or I was knitting at a ridiculous tension) so I ripped back to the leg.
Then I started doing the Harlot's "eye of a partridge heel" mentioned above but that looked wrong after a row or two so I switched to her "sturdy heel" that involves purling all but one stitch on the WS rows. This seemed to be the method I used the first time around so I tinked back. As you can see from the picture, this method is not right either. I'm trying to decide if I should rip it back a third time or just let it go since nothing seems to be working and of course I didn't write down that part of my method.
In other (more upbeat) news, David from Sticks and String mentioned in podcast #26 that Aran Knitting by Alice Starmore is hard to get a hold of (and very expensive--currently between $220 and $325 on Amazon), which came as a surprise to me because I have it sitting on my knitting shelf! Back when I worked in a public library, everyone knew I knitted and they would give me discards (books we were throwing away) that they thought I'd be interested in. It's in excellent condition but must not have gotten checked out much. I had no idea I was so lucky! :)