Although, before I get too excited I should probably point out how short the things are. She really did want ankle socks, and ankle socks is what she got.
As I noted on my Ravelry Project page, I made the following mods:
Heel: I decided that I wanted a “bull’s-eye” heel effect, so I experimented with Charlene Schurch’s forethought heel. I knit the first sock that way, and am knitting the second with an afterthought heel (as it seems less fiddly). Either way, the striping is preserved, and it looks pretty cute, if I do say so myself.
Top of Foot: K1, SSK, K5, DD, K16, DD, K5, K2tog, K1
Bottom of Foot: K all.
Round 2: Knit All
This puts the same number of stitches on both the top and the bottom after one row.