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Merlin in Tarn Wathelene (Halloween self-striping)


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This yarn is in pre-order status. Orders will be taken between now and July 31. Yarn will be shipped by August 15.

About the Yarn Base

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
fingering weight
100 grams
463 yds / 423 m

About the Colorway (Tarn Wathelene variant: 2 stripes)

This special Halloween-inspired colorway has two stripes: pumpkin orange and black. The pictures show the original version of this colorway, which is no longer available. This year, I will be dyeing a 2-stripe version with the thinner stripes.

The Story Behind the Colorway Name

A medieval story featuring Gawain called The Awntyrs (Adventures) off Arthur contains a scene in which Gawain and Guenevere encounter a ghost.

Arthur and his court are on a hunt in Inglewood Forest; Gawain and Guenevere become separated from the main party and end up near a lake called Tarn Wathelene. Although it is the middle of the day, darkness descends upon Guenevere and Gawain as does rain and hail. They see a fire out on the waters, which moves toward them, making a terrible noise ("yowling and yammering"). A figure appears, "bare to the body and black to the bone, clotted with earth." Frightened, Guenevere turns to an unruffled Gawain for an explanation, and Gawain says he'll talk to the ghost to find out why it is so tormented.

Getting closer, Gawain sees that the figure has sunken eyes that glow like coals (side note: the author really does seem to delight in a rather ghoulish description of the ghost). After Gawain draws his sword, the ghost stops moving and Gawain asks why it is walking through the woods. The ghost says she was a noblewoman who had all manner of riches while she was alive and that she's come to speak to Guenevere. When Guenevere approaches the ghost, the figure reveals she is Guenevere's mother and she has come to warn Guenevere not to be like her. Instead of being selfish with her good fortune, Guenevere is encouraged to help those less fortunate than herself and to do as much good as possible in her time on earth. If not, she will end up like her mother, tormented after death for her selfishness and unwillingness to help those in 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.


Shipping is free within the United States and free for international orders over $100. The yarn will ship in a muslin project bag for safe delivery and will arrive in your mailbox in a cheerful purple mailing envelope.


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