So - I grabbed some yarn, caked it up, and divided it into two. Then I grabbed some double pointed needles - I have quite the collection that rarely gets used - and started knitting away.
I finished the first sock in record time and then finally started the second this past week. As I was knitting along, I noticed that the yarn wasn't patterning in the same way on the second sock - but I just kept knitting along - sometimes I'd
Maybe you can see it better in the second photo? The bottom sock is the first one and it's easily a quarter of an inch bigger than the second. Quarter of an inch! You say - but really that's half an inch because it's doubled and it will make a difference.
So now it's caked back up and I might start them again this week at knitting but I'm currently working on a shawl and a cardigan and I'm in no hurry to get back to them - regardless of how pretty they are.