In the process of working out the heel instructions for my sock pattern, I knit a heel. Just that, all by itself, a sock heel. After I finished it, I should have ripped it out and put the yarn away for a future sock project. I hate to rip out my knitting, though.
I used a provisional cast on for the second sock. I crocheted 90 chain stitches, then picked up 40.
I realized after I got halfway through and was ready to pick up the stitches for the instep that I should have started in the middle and picked up to the end. Nonetheless, I was able to pick up at the other end and work toward the middle.
Since the only thoughtful part of this ribbed sock with a stockinette foot is the heel, it has been an excellent traveling project. I knit the heel first, then carried it around and knit the foot and leg at times when I needed something to occupy my hands and not my mind. I do think, however, that I will use this method again when I want to "knit until the yarn runs out".
(The sock yarn is JoAnn Sensations Soles and More, color 1138. Not the best, but it works up nicely on these little size 0s. I picked it up for the practice heel and never thought I'd actually finish a pair, but the simple knitting made it easy.)
The tutorial for this heel is available in my Burning Stripes Socks pattern. See the link on the sidebar, or the pattern post a couple of posts earlier in this blog.