In Delhi, after a wonderfully decadent week in Hong Kong. I have lots to tell and show about it, but something else first.
Everybody around me is begging me not to jinx this by talking about it, but I cannot help it: Delhi is actually tolerable right now! I know, I know, it’s the last week of May and those of you who have ever been in the vicinity of 110-115 degree weather are probably shaking your heads with some sadness that the heat has made me delirious so soon after getting here. But it’s true, and I too cannot believe it. I woke up from a nap yesterday afternoon and realised that there was something else adding to the hum of the madly whirring ceiling fan and cooler. Rain! Sweet, sweet heavy rain.
I went out into the balcony and smelt the heady wet earth scent and dig
a mad jig. There was actually a cool breeze that blew all evening, and right now, it’s midday and barely in the 90s.I was marvelling every stitch of the way as I sipped some tea and bound
off these this morning:
It’s apparently been raining quite unseasonally every few days the whole month, and kept the temperatures from being brutally high for days on end.
So, the sock specs:
Claudia Handpainted socks in the "Just Plum" colourway.
Pattern: Generic toe up, with 52 stitches, my first pair on size 1 needles. I did the heel flap toe-up, which I learnt from Cabezalana. If you are bored of short-row heels but still want to do toe ups, check her generic pattern (the link takes you straight there), it’s great. Thanks, Mel!
Needles: size 1 bamboo, now slightly plum in colour. This yarn stains the needles like mad! At first I thought it was only the needle all my friends used to stir their coffees at the baseball game (yes, I allowed them to!), but later I realised it was the dye on all of them. I need to wear these socks to see how the relaxed gauge feels on my soles, but 52 stitches sure beats 60 or 64!
More soon on my Hong Kong trip. Agnes, I wish I’d known earlier that you are from there, I’d have asked you for tips on where to eat and stuff to see! It’s a stunning, stunning place.
Keep your fingers crossed that the weather remains like this for a few days at least…