Camille's only left me one animal, and it wasn't really dead: She caught a mouse and left it in my bedroom slipper, very much alive and very stunned. I'm very amused that this is somehow evidence that she's plotting my demise; the explanation can be found here.
The sock is going better. After conferring with a few fellow Ravellers, the idea is to just do what the chart says and ignore the little voice saying "Wait! That doesn't line up properly!" I've finished one repeat of the chart and just started the second one. Might just have to make myself a pair of these once I finish the current pair.