The other night as I walked out around 5 p.m., I had a strange feeling. What was going on? I realized the strangeness was that it was not dark yet. It was not even full-on twilight. The light is returning. Spring really is on its way to us here, one pale crocus at a time.
Spring’s imminence turns my fancy toward the delicious idea of shedding the puffy coat of doom and wearing lighter, airier clothing.
It makes me want to cast on another Shakerag Top, Amy Christopher’s nearly-but-not-quite-transparent envelope of a top from Field Guide No. 6: Transparency, whose stripes are formed in a simple, ingenious way, by alternating 10-row sections of single and double strands of the same yarn.
And what a yarn: Sylph, Jade Sapphire’s strong, swingy, and soft blend of 52 percent cashmere and 48 percent linen.
I started my own Shakerag Top in the early spring of 2018 . . .
And I’ve worn the heck out it ever since.
The backlit photo of the Shakerag Top above shows the striping beautifully, but in reality the Shakerag is not so transparent. To get an idea of how it looks on humans, take a look at the many projects on Ravelry. (Cute—that’s how it looks, on so many different body types and with so many different outfits.)
Guess what, friends? In anticipation of spring, and Shakerag Top season, we’ve renewed and refreshed: Sylph is back in stock!
Our palette (see gallery up top) of hand-dyed shades skews toward colors that have sold best over the years since we first started carrying Sylph. We will vouch for the wearability of every one of these shades. Pure yummy lightness, whether in neutrals or tender pastels.
Which one should I choose? I’m thinking of going toward the deep blues of Extinction, since my Shakerag the First is in the more neutral Rustle. But the pale lemon of Maidenhair is so fresh and zippy. What to do?
I’ll think about it a little longer, while spring gets closer.