I pressed on with the socks, and in the end, I think they came out pretty well. The odd striping held up through the gusset section, and duplicated itself precisely in the second sock.
And Tara was thrilled with them, she loved the colors, so it all turned out well. By the by, Tara's birthday party was last night, and it was pretty wild. Much wilder than one would expect from a bunch of drunken Ph.D students, but maybe I should have known better!
I'm off today to Oklahoma City for a conference. I've got hotel room knitting packed away in my suitcase...
...and a plain stockinette sock ready to go for actual conference knitting.