Well, I've completed a pattern repeat of an 8-stitch ribbing offset, and here is what they look like thus far:
Note the texture close up and the meandering rib:
I'm liking these quite a bit. I'm thinking I may try out the band heel that supposedly works so well with self-striping yarn. I think these socks in particular should not have a gusset since the solid stripes are really quite thin. Anything larger than 72 stitches is going to produce an incomplete band of color around the sock.