So, after the last post, where I was past the gusset and onto the foot ... it got ripped out again. At some point I had wrapped the two yarns around each other and they were twined. Dropping stitches down did not correct the issue because the two yarns were twined around one another connecting the two socks together with the two strands of yarn.
Once I ripped back, I then used Kate's method to pick up additional stitches to close the gap, and its pretty awesome!
Now I am on to the foot, with socks not connected to each other, and a smile on my face.