Here's what's going on with the socks.
The pattern is Francie, by Rebekkah Kerner. I cannot stress enough how simply fun this pattern is to knit. There's always something interesting going on, whether it's the evershifting cuff pattern or the gusset decreases are all the way down at the sole or the way the arch shaping curves slowly up and around the foot again. If there's one thing I don't like so much about this pattern, it's the left-lifted and right-lifted increases, both in knit and purl - I find them fiddly and distracting. I might end up trying out a KFB or a few M1s the next time I knit these.
I knit this pair with Dream in Color Smooshy, casting on the number of stitches that the pattern recommends (64) but using size 2 needles, one size up.
And here's the thing. It fits me. It's snug but still comfortable, with some stretch to spare. It's like a woolen hug for my tiny little size 6 women's foot. I'm not sure whether it will fit Pickle's size 12 men's foot. (Even if he does assure me that he likes his socks really snug.) Rather than take my chances with the sizing game (because that worked out so well for me with Amy's socks), I've decided to just keep this pair and knit another with 72 stitches, now that I know the pattern well enough to improvise a size-up.
It turns out, too, that Dream in Color Smooshy has a lot of yardage.
You're looking at what's left of the first ball, after I've already knitted two and a half socks from it. There's an entire second ball still sitting in plastic in the stash. There will be enough to finish this pair for me and knit another, larger pair for Pickle.
It will be okay.