It figures. I get my sock pattern all written up and partially edited, when I discover that there might be a better way to do the most difficult part. I think it would not only improve the appearance but be easier to knit.
I'm working up a quarter-scale version of the sock, and it's looking promising!
Fortunately, I can use the experience from writing up the first version to improve the write-up on the new one.
I still have hopes of getting this done by Sock Summit!