Well, it was inevitable...I ripped out the Thunderstorm sock and started over. I didn't like the looks of it in the first place...but I never should have let it grow to the proportion that it did before I decided to rip.
Oh, the pain...
And then I started over. So far, I have only a dozen rows of blue ribbing done, this time in 1 X 1 rib. I plan on a plain garter stitch leg this time, to better see the colorway and not confuse myself. I have seen many handknit socks in gorgeous multi-colored yarn with lacy patterns, and they look great - but they're made by someone else - but I think I'll wait for a solid colored yarn to do a pattern stitch.
And the next time I don't like the way a sock is going, I'll lower the hatchet MUCH sooner. No point in getting halfway through turning the heel before I kill a project I just can't stand the looks of.