Merlin in Exchange of Winnings
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 (Exchange of Winnings: 3 stripes)
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 Story Behind the Colorway 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.
Projects Made from Merlin
Want to see what other people are making with their skeins of Merlin? Go to Ravelry and take a look: http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/round-table-yarns-merlin/projects
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.