The mismatched pair of socks is finished:
At first I didn't like the heavy feel of the yarn, but as I worked with it, I grew to appreciate it. After all, I do live in Wisconsin and my feet are always cold. Also, the yarn is so smooth and silky. I think they will be great under winter boots -- where no one will see my major mistake!
As for the pattern, I'm less enthusiastic. It succeeds in preventing pooling, and I appreciate that, but when knit correctly (sock on the left), it bulges on the calf in an unflattering manner.
All said, I'm glad I finished these. I started them in January 2011! I think they will be useful.