Thank you everyone for indulging me by reading post after post about minute progress in sock knitting. I am thoroughly enjoying this project, and I appreciate your comments and encouragement, especially as I approach the heel.
The ribbing is finished:
I like the very subtly spiral effect that is developing with the purple. It's not too obvious, and I worried that I'd get no striping or other sort of pooling in this yarn.
Of course, I'm not the only one blogging about socks. Go look at the wonderful vertical stripes that Julia has in her latest knit.