You guys have made me feel SO good! Thanks for the kind words.
The pattern truly is EASY. I promise! The yarn is thicker, which made for a warm pair of socks. I do think that you could cast on fewer than what's called for in the pattern, if you use this weight. It's rather stretchy. I think that this pattern would be even daintier with thinner yarn!!!!
I've also got to give props to my daughter. I think her picture taking skills make them look better than what I thought.