I know I said this before, but my main reason for learning to knit was so that I could make socks. I loved the idea of hand-knitted socks. Great gifts, small projects, and really cool. Plus, if you get into yarn, you realize that there is a crazy amount of really cool yarns specifically made for socks. They self-stripe, are variegated, some even "self pattern" (which is way cool). You can put patterns on socks and have a really pretty lacy thing or a cabled thing.
Plus, socks keep your feet warm and my feet always seem to be cold, so having lots of warm yummy socks is just amazing.
I still think that turning the heel is a little bit of magic. Every time I get to the part in the pattern that says "turn heel," I get a little giddy and look forward to following the instructions and having it turn out just like it's supposed to. On the current sock I'm knitting, the heel turn is different than the others I've done. And it's definitely magic. I'm in the middle of it (had to go to bed last night despite my desire to finish it up) and you know what? I can't stop thinking about it because I want to finish it and say "wow" definitely magic.
The other cool part about turning the heel is that when you're at that point in the sock construction (either toe up or top down), you are turning a corner. Taking on a new direction and somehow, magically, keeping them together at the same time.
I feel a little like I'm at that point in my life. I'm turning a corner, and I honestly don't know what I'm going to see when I finish all this "heel turning." I wish my real-life heel turning was a little more magical than it is...I could certainly use a little undefined good graces these days.