This second photo is what it looked like when I got home Thursday evening. I spent the first ten minutes of colloquium ripping back to the foot, because I realized that the foot was way to long. By an inch. This is the first time I've used this particular heel pattern, so it's not that surprising that I had to figure out the hard way how much length the heel adds to the foot (if you're wondering, I now know it's 4.25"). What is surprising is how long I was in denial about the need to rip it back and re-do it.
I don't mind, because for me socks are about process - after all, in this hot humid hot humid climate I don't wear socks very often - so it just means I get to knit with this wonderfully soft beautiful yarn for longer. And even if I were knitting for product, it's so much better to have a product that fits!