I have been working on a pair of socks. This in the first one. I just finished the heel section and am into the ankle section. The little dog bead is a row row marker and also marks the end of each round. In the one photo is an ergonomic crochet hook. These kind of crochet hooks are so much nicer to work with than a regular crochet hook. The yarn is from Knitpicks and is 75% merino wool, and 25% nylon. The color is called "PUNKY".