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Exchange of Winnings

The Color: This three-stripe colorway was inspired by Gawain’s winnings: the deer (a masculine navy blue), the boar (an honorable wine-purple), and the fox (a magical bright grass/lime green). The contrast in the colors provides that pop of fun on your socks and is sure to get you through any knitting challenge.This three-stripe colorway was inspired by Gawain’s winnings: the deer (a masculine navy blue), the boar (an honorable wine-purple), and the fox (a magical bright grass/lime green). The contrast in the colors provides that pop of fun on your socks and is sure to get you through any knitting challenge.

The Name: In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Gawain is a guest of Lord Bertilak, who suggests a “game” during the three days Gawain stays at Bertilak’s castle. Each day, Bertilak will go out and hunt while Gawain can relax at the castle. At the end of the day, the two men will exchange whatever they “won” that day. What Gawain doesn’t understand at the time is that instead of relaxing at the castle, he’ll be the prey for Lady Bertilak, who “hunts” him each day, trying to get him to succumb to her charms. She successfully manages to get several kisses out of him over the course of the three days.

Each day, Bertilak and Gawain exchange winnings. On the first day, Bertilak has killed several deer and Gawain has “won” one kiss. The exchange on day two is a boar for two kisses. On the final day, Bertilak has killed a fox. But instead of honoring their agreement, Gawain exchanges only the kisses and hides the magical green girdle. He’s done this because he is about to face beheading by the Green Knight and hopes that by wearing the girdle, his life will be spared. Little did Gawain know that this Exchange of Winnings was a test that would affect the results of his meeting with the Green Knight.



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