okay, it’s going way faster now. i was having a hard time with the k2, p2 rib on US#2 needles. that was frustrating. but now, the mindless stockinette stitch on US#3 (bamboo, even! my first set of bamboo dpns. not sure why i hadn’t bought bamboo for all the other sizes that i have) is going a lot faster. i have about 3 more inches til turning the heel. pics will come soon.