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Isolde in A-Maying - Round Table Yarns hand-dyed yarn tonal semi-solid self-striping

Isolde in A-Maying

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About the Yarn Base (Isolde)

This fine, smooth, softer-than-soft yarn is like the hair of the fairest maiden or the silk from a magical spider. It manages to be both delicate and strong at the same time, thanks to its lace weight and fiber combination of Bluefaced Leicester and silk. It shines with true beauty and has a bit of a halo—beware, you may fall so in love with this base that you’re willing to battle a dragon just for the chance to knit with it.

55% Bluefaced Leicester, 45% Silk
lace weight
100 grams
875 yds / 800 m

About the Color (A-Maying)

This bold green colorway is like the first buds of spring bursting through the last layer of winter snow. This green is a true Kelly or emerald color, full of possibility (and maybe a hint of jealousy). 

The Story Behind the Colorway Name

One beautiful May day, Guenevere and a party of knights and ladies go a-maying (a ride through the forest). Sir Thomas Malory describes the scene, comparing the blooming of the plants and trees with the blooming of love in the hearts of men and women (he calls it the “lusty month of May”). Malory ends this passage by complimenting Guenevere: “while she lived, she was a true lover, and therefore she had a good end.” Malory rarely has anything nice to say about Guenevere, so this passage is quite exceptional.

Back to the story: Guenevere has commanded her entourage to dress in green. Because it is a pleasure outing, the knights are not wearing armor or carrying weapons beyond a sword. Malory describes them as “bedecked with herbs, moss, and flowers in the best spring fashion.” Meleagant, a dishonorable knight who has coveted Guenevere, takes advantage of this outing. Noticing Lancelot is not among the group (Meleagant is afraid of Lancelot), Meleagant gathers his forces, dressed for battle, and charges toward Guenevere and her group. Although the knights do their best, Guenevere is captured.

Projects Made from Isolde

Want to see what other people are making with their skeins of Isolde? Go to Ravelry and take a look:

About the Yarn from Round Table Yarns

The yarns from Round Table Yarns are dyed by hand in small dye lots so each skein receives special care and attention. Colorway names have been taken from the stories of King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table, and on the inside of each label, you can read the story of the inspiration behind the name (no story on Quest colors).


Shipping is free within the United States and free for international orders over $100. The yarn is ready to ship in a muslin project bag for safe delivery and will arrive in your mailbox in a cheerful purple mailing envelope. Your yarn typically ships within 24 hours, often on the same day you place your order.


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