Merlin in Bran the Blessed (self-striping)
About the Yarn Base (Merlin)
What fiber enthusiast isn’t looking for a loyal sock yarn companion? A base to always stand by your side and protect your feet from the harsh chill of winter? Merlin is here for you; with its blend that includes 25% nylon, it’s sure to stand the test of time, while the merino ensures the projects you make will be more than next-to-skin soft. The self-striping dye pattern is like a pop of magic: it takes basic knitting patterns and turns them into something spectacular.
75% superwash merino/25% nylon
463 yds / 423 m
About the Colorway (Bran the Blessed: 4 stripes)
This colorway is a strong and sturdy stripe going from a neutral oatmeal wheat color to the color of the sea at noon to a rich, deep brown. Then, almost out of nowhere, a surprise: magical aqua makes an appearance for a pop of color that’s sure to keep you alert during a late-night knitting session and revive any gloomy spirit.
The Story Behind the Colorway Name
In Welsh stories, Bran is king of Britain — and a giant. He possesses a magic cauldron that is supposed to have the ability to bring dead men back to life. The cauldron is given as a gift to his son-in-law (ruler of Ireland), but tensions between the two nations lead to a huge battle, in which the British are outnumbered because the Irish are able to bring the dead warriors back to life using the cauldron. One of the British men figures this out and tricks the Irish into throwing him, still alive, into the cauldron, which causes the cauldron to explode.
Bran himself was mortally wounded during the fighting and commands his last surviving men to cut off his head and bury it upon British ground. The stories claim that as long as Bran's head is buried in Britain, the land will be protected from invasion. However, according to one of the Welsh triads, an arrogant King Arthur digs up the head, declaring that Britain will be safe through his rule and no longer needs Bran's protection. Although he may have deprived Britain of Bran's protection, Arthur is later called the Once and Future King, who will return to England to protect it in its time of greatest need.
Projects Made from Merlin
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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.
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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