When everything else fails and things go wrong, nothing set everything right better than a Jaywalker:
Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Jungle Stripe, toe-up because I want to use all the yarn (and because I am not over my last top-down trauma yet), nothing can go wrong. Casted Tuesday night, and I already turning the heel. I am at peace with socks again.
The Gryffindor socks? Take a peak.