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March 24, 2006

La Media Borracha*

Sockapaloooza Sock (close-up)
The real color. Sort of.

I am loving this yarn (Koigu) and this pattern (Denmark from Knitting on the Road) so much! I really hope my sock pal loves it too -- she didn't give any color preferences, but said that she loved cabled or lacy socks. When I picked out the colorway, I tried not to fall into the trap of picking the same colors I always pick for myself -- reds, pinks, oranges, browns. I think I succeeded! (I realize that the colorway looks very blue in the only other picture I posted, but it's not -- it's all shades of purples and periwinkles.)


When I went looking for an object around the house to include in a picture for scale, I ended up at our "bar". It's actually a child's dresser that was my dad's as a child, then mine. It's been painted and repainted several times, and does quite well as a bar. Anyway, the late afternoon light is good at the bar and Jason was already in the kitchen cooking Mexican food, soooo the sock posed with a bottle of tequila. Which I then grabbed and went into the kitchen to make margaritas.

Que rica vida!

*The Drunken Sock. Though much of the Spanish-speaking world uses the word calcetin for sock, in Quito it's almost exclusively media. One of those idiosyncratic things that marks me as somebody who learned Spanish in Quito. I love it.

Posted by shannon at March 24, 2006 8:28 AM | For related posts: Sockapaloooza, Socks


I said that I love that color! Could it be for me?

Posted by: Carla at March 24, 2006 8:44 AM

As in "middle"? So it's the thing between the foot and the shoe? Makes sense to me!

Posted by: colleen at March 24, 2006 9:31 AM

Carla -- Could be! ;)

Colleen -- I'm actually not sure about the origin of the word media to mean sock -- I know that in most places (including Quito) it means stockings or tights. You're theory's certainly a good one, though!

Posted by: shannon at March 24, 2006 9:58 AM

That's a beautiful sock! I really like the colors and pattern together.

Posted by: katie at March 24, 2006 1:29 PM

it's beautiful! i can't help but think that this sock is for me! :)

and my favourite color is lilac!

Posted by: betty at March 24, 2006 4:09 PM

Really pretty sock- I love the pattern!

Posted by: Nonnahs at March 24, 2006 5:57 PM

The sock color is beautiful! I'm with you...I use media for sock too and I'm not from Quito... I learned the word from my grandmother!

Posted by: Saleknitter at March 25, 2006 11:01 PM

I love the drunken sock! The purple color is just gorgeous. My favorite color.

Posted by: Wanda at March 26, 2006 10:41 AM

The sock is simply gorgeous!!! Agree with the previous poster--perfect match of yarn and pattern. My lys is soon getting Koigu, and I definitely will be knitting that pattern with that yarn! Do you have the # of the color? Thanks!

Posted by: JennyRaye at March 28, 2006 11:39 AM

Beautiful sock!

Posted by: Carrie at March 28, 2006 5:25 PM

Hi Shannon! I see you've been busy knitting--LOVE your sweater and the drunken sock ;-)! Sadly, I haven't started anything new since moving...but I have a couple business trips next week and the following and will be on a plane for some time and am thinking about doing that bag that was in the stich & bitch book that you gave me...u know that cute navy blue purse with light blue pipping...will keep you posted on my progress!

Posted by: Cara at March 29, 2006 12:01 PM