That night (the 12th), I ordered new circulars from KnitPicks. (It was a completely different brand of needles that broke, by the way.) Kudos to the fine folks at KnitPicks, because they shipped my order promptly and the new needles arrived yesterday (the 16th).
I got to work putting the stitches back on the needles and managed to get as far as knitting the gusset and turning the heel. I’d like to try the Fish Lips Kiss heel at some point down the road, but for now I’m using a basic pattern from Socks from the Toe Up by Wendy Johnson (of Wendy Knits).
This is Patons Kroy Socks FX, which is one of my favorite brands of sock yarn. It’s a tactile pleasure to knit. It is also reasonably priced and generally available at most craft stores that sell yarn, which is why I have an abundance of them in different colors in the yarn stash. If you haven’t already, give this brand of yarn a try. I’ll be interested to know what you think.