The Emperor of Miklagard on Singles - Merino/Silk/Yak

The Emperor of Miklagard on Singles - Merino/Silk/Yak


65% Superwash Merino 20% Silk 15%Yak

480 meters per 120 gram skein

A soft and delicious singles yarn. The yarn is a light grey when undyed so all colours looks a bit different on this base. Perfect for shawls and soft garments with a lot of drape.

Miklagàrd means the great city in old Norse. Miklagàrd was the Norse name for Constantinople the capital of the Byzantine empire that today is called Istanbul. Some Vikings travelled as far as Miklagàrd and there went into the service of the emperor as his personal bodyguards. This elite core of soldiers was known as the Varangian Guard. King Harald Hardrada (the hard ruler) was a captain of the Varangian Guard in his youth before he returned home to take the crown of Norway. Today you can still see rune inscriptions if you visit the Hagia Sofia.

This colour is an attempt to copy the extremely exclusive fabrics dyed purple with dyes extracted from shellfish for the Byzantine emperors. Before synthetic dyes were invented purple was the most exclusive colour in the world.


Are made (these runes)

Possible interpretation of one rune inscription in Hagia Sofia

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