off the wagon

Okay, so, i’ve been in India now for a month. It is really great here, guys, no joke. And as I said, I didn’t bring my knitting. I’m in another country! For only five months! Surely I can find better things to do than make sweaters. I will fill the time with adventures and rickshaw rides!

This is mostly true, except for a few things that I didn’t count on. 1. Someone else here did in fact bring their knitting; she’s working on Stephanie Japel’s Fitted Puff-Sleeve Cardigan. It’s pretty cute. I have literally been sitting next to her watching her knit this, and helpfully offering to do a few rows now and then. She hasn’t fallen for it. 2. It’s monsoon season here, which means it rains a lot. Specifically, Andhra Pradesh has gotten more rain in the last few days than it has in four years; a lot of areas have flooded. I’m fine, but it means that it’s pretty difficult to go out into the city. Essentially, I’ve been sitting inside for five hours, trying to watch Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog over my shoddy internet connection. I could have like four inches of a sweater done!

Shamelessly, I spent pretty much my entire morning on Knitpicks and Ravelry. Here’s what I’ve come up with; remember my Thermal? Yeah, that was probably the most beautiful thing I’ve ever knit. Unfortunately, it no longer looks like it did when I finished it. It’s been semi-felted a few times, and while it looks fine, to someone who knows how stretchy and sheen-y and perfectly fitted it was originally (like me) it’s never going to be the same. I’ve considered re-knitting it before, but always decided against it. It seems too disheartening to go through all that blood and sweat and tears again to end up with the same sweater. But today I had a thought – what if I made the DK weight version? It’s still beautiful (have you seen all the ones on Ravelry? So nice!), and a much faster knit. The only question is color – the burgundy I originally made it in looks fantastic, if I do say so myself. Should I go for that again? Or is it a waste to have two burgundy sweaters lying around? All of my problems were solved when I found this shade of Cinnamon in Knitpicks’ Swish DK Yarn:

It is warm and reddish and autumnal, all of the attractive qualities of burgundy Gloss, and I think the color would look good on me. But it’s different enough that I don’t feel like I’m churning out the same sweater; I can still get that sense of giddy excitement that accompanies a new FO.

The only problem with all of this is that Knitpicks doesn’t ship to India. I could ship it home, and have my mother forward the package, but that would take probably at least two months, total. Is it worth it? Alternatively, my Stephanie-Japel-knitting friend has heard rumors of a yarn store somewhere in Hyderabad. It’s a long shot, but I have my fingers crossed. It’s about 75-80 degrees here every day, but when I go home in December I’ll be returning to below-zero temperatures. It would be nice to have a little cardi to wear home on the plane. Wish me luck! And if you do happen to know of any fiber opportunities in or around Hyderabad, let me know!

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