I love it when knitting and life rhyme. So I’m tickled to be casting on my very own Shakerag Top, with a realistic probability of finishing it in time to wear at our Knitting Getaway at Shakerag Workshops in June. I will be taking the Shakerag to Shakerag!
I’ve got traveling to do in the next two weeks, and the simple textural stripes of the Shakerag Top are perfect for knitting on the go: it’s stockinette in the round, all the way to the armholes. I will barely have to work any shaping, the whole trip, and at the end I’ll have a lovely new garment.
Here are all the details on the Shakerag Top over at Ravelry.
I’m on the first doubled-yarn stripe, but it’s too early too see the effect.
Included among the many things that do not get in the way of my rich and rewarding knitting fantasy life, ever: the temperature and humidity that are likely to prevail in Sewanee, Tennessee, in early June. The Shakerag Top is indeed a lightweight top. It calls for Sylph, a crispy-soft blend of linen and cashmere. It’s a perfect summer top if you live by the sea, or in a climate-controlled abode that you never leave. But that cashmere in the Sylph mix? It’s not likely to do well outdoors, in Tennessee, in June. I can see that, Ann. I’m not a dummy.
Solution: I’m going to wear it only in the air-conditioned climes of the Auditorium and my dorm room. I think that’s a sound plan. It will allow me to flaunt my Shakerag Top, while not melting or getting cashmere permanently stuck to my skin.
There will be plenty of sticks at Shakerag. I am confident of being able to recreate this image.
If you see any flaw in my plan, please keep it to yourself.
La la la la la la la [knitting away happily].
P.S. The details: I’m knitting size XL, for Xtra Ease, in Sylph shade Rustle, a pale, oyster-shell greige.