it looks like a sock .... i do like how the stripes are lengthwise, and the colors are very 70's. i made some adjustments on gauge, and i think my plan is to knit it 1/2 way, and then reverse shaping. it should fit. the knitting has been pretty fast so far. the only thing i would change about its design is to use a provisional cast on, since it will be graphed together vs. seamed, and maybe put that "seam" on the side vs. down the center back. this totally feels like an experiment anyways, so i'm not terribly concerned.
p.s. here's the linky dink for the translated pattern, then just click on opal sideways sock.