I ended up not liking how the Dancing Yarn socks were coming out - couldn't see any of the pattern detail. That yarn (or maybe just that colorway) is better suited to plain stockinette stitch.
I restarted using Parade yarn from Knit Picks; it's a thicker yarn so i switched to knitting the smaller size (again, toe up and will use short row heel) but am following the pattern as written otherwise. The pattern shows up in this yarn and is looking good although I am in the middle of ripping back about 6 rows because I misinterpreted or miscounted and rather than try to match the mistakes on sock #2 I decided to rip back and do it right. It's going rather quickly and I am absolutely loving this pattern.