I did it - I persevered and managed to tame the tangles in the dreaded skein. I didn't even have a tantrum and throw any of it out. I just kept making more balls.
When you add in the man hours required to do this, plus the knitting time, these socks would have a retail value of $750.00 - slight exaggeration. I wonder who wants to pay that????
I promise to post a picture of the "most expensive socks ever", when the mate is done.