Usually, when a person makes something, say a knitter making, I don't know, a sock, that person knows whether the final product is a winner or not. There isn't usually a grey area, it either came out great or it didn't.
But sometimes, you can knit pick things a little. Like, "oh, well these socks look great, but the fit's a little off," or some such assessment. These socks, I am pretty sure do not look great. I don't think they are hideous, but they are, by no means, spectacularly aweseome, which really is my goal (most of the time). While I do not usually aim for mediocrity, sometimes, due ot my own laziness, I am forced to accept it. But back to these socks.
I want to love them, but I only like them, and I only like them because I knit them while K and I traveled the Mediterranean for our tenth anniversary a few short months ago. Also, they fit really well, and they are warm. So, sentimentally and practically speaking, a winner! Visual aesthetics-wise, not so much, at least not for me. Some people actually like pooling, that magical phenomenon that occurs when variegated yarn doesn't hit its happy medium of gauge and whatever else is required to make varigated yarn not look like crap. I have no idea if this yarn is supposed to stripe or not, to be honest, but I am not enamored of whatever it's doing in this sock. And I don't think it's just me. I have used Shibui sock yarn before, and pooling can sometimes be an issue, but sometimes, it's not an issue at all.