I have had an obsession with shorty socks for years. According to the blog history, my first experiment was back in the beginning of 2008. Since then, I’ve experimented with more variations on the same theme, including just plain anklets.

Top Left: Turkish Bed Socks in Koigu
Top Right and Middle Right: Anklets
Middle Left: Tennis Socks circa 2008
Bottom Left and Right: Faux-mbas

The Turkish Bed Socks were fun to make. To wear? They tend to slip off unless they are in heeled clogs. I haven’t worned heeled Danskos in years so they aren’t all that practical since they tend to slip off in regular clogs.

The original tennis socks are still great, but the roll top will sometime slip down into my trainers and are not high enough for my trail shoes. There is not enough fabric in the heel to prevent rubbing during a hike longer than 2 miles.

The anklets work great, but they do show. They are great for “no show” when I’m wearing my short dress boots. Just high enough to ensure the boot top doesn’t rub my skin. But with my trail shoes, there are a bit more showing than I like. They cause funky tan lines during summer hikes.

The socks in the bottom row are results of my current iteration, my take on the Bombas Ankle Socks. These came about when the Universe came together to push me into revisiting my standard sock recipe. The first event was when I was talking to Anne. She was knitting socks from all of her leftover sock yarn to stash down all the leftovers. The second event was when I saw Jodi’s stash of Bombas socks. She raved about how much she loved them. The bright color blocks of the socks reminded me of Anne’s stash busting socks.

Literal light bulbs went off. I could knit my own Bombas socks from scrap yarn! The bottom 2 socks are my version of Bombas socks (aka “faux-mbas”). I love them — both knitting and wearing them. They are a bit like potato chips. I can’t stop at just knitting one pair. I’m on my 4th pair now.

I’ll go into more details on my exploration and final recipe for these socks in the next post, as well as some tips and tricks if you want to try some yourself.