The verdict? I'm actually very happy with it and my only complaint would be that it's perhaps 2 inches shorter than I'd like it to be. I should have trusted my instinct on that when I was knitting it up and gone a little longer. Hopefully it'll stretch out a little bit with some love and washing.
Knitting a garment with sock yarn wasn't as painful as I thought it might be, and I find that lighter yarns are better for me anyway - both more flattering and better for my internal temperature control (I run warm). I was also pleasantly surprised by how easy the DROPS pattern was to follow. When I was a less confident knitter, I remember looking at a couple of DROPS patterns and being completely intimidated/confused. Apart from anything, the way the patterns are laid out in a clump of text makes it all look far worse than it actually is. I ended up cutting and pasting into a word document, which I formatted to my liking and made it much easier to follow. They have a truly extensive database of good patterns though so I'm glad I'm over my mental block when it comes to their patterns!