Isolde in Shame and Slander
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
875 yds / 800 m
About the Color (Shame and Slander)
Is it pink or purple? Let’s call it raspberry – a magenta streaked through with orchid and burgundy. This colorway is the deep shade of purple-pink that your cheeks turn when everyone in the room is talking about your secret love affair.
The Story Behind the Colorway Name
The knights have been away on the quest for the holy grail. Not all of them have returned, so there is great rejoicing for those who have returned to the court. Lancelot had only partially succeeded in the quest for the grail, in large part due to his love for Guenevere, which prevented him from being pure enough to achieve the grail. And although he had promised to forsake his love for Guenevere upon his return, Malory says that Lancelot soon forgot the promise that he had made and that he and Guenevere “loved together more hotter than they did before.” This causes a lot of gossip within the court.
Lancelot does at this point try to distance himself from the queen, which greatly upsets Guenevere. Jealous at the attention he was paying to other women, Guenevere chastises him. He tries to explain that he is doing it in her best interest because although he could leave the court and be away from the gossip, Guenevere cannot do so as she must remain at court amidst all of the negative comments directed toward her. Lancelot says, “The boldness of you and me will bring us to shame and slander, and that were me loath to see you dishonored.”
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).
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.