Bishop Myriel on Cashmere Sock
435 yards / 3.5 oz / 4 plies
80% superwash merino / 10% cashmere / 10% nylon
Care: Wash by hand cold and air dry.
Bishop Myriel is one of the six different colorways I created using Les Miserables as my inspiration. I think of him as the absolute opposite of Javert. While Javert's distorted sense of justice made it so he couldn't see who Jean Valjean had become, Bishop Myriel's goodness and mercy helped Jean Valjean become the man he could be.
His colorway includes purple for self-sacrificing goodness, black for his clothing, blue for loyalty and mercy, and gold for his virtuous heart of gold that changed the course of Jean Valjean's life and that of many others as well. Bishop Myriel was a fairly minor character in the musical, but he fills the first 200 pages of the book as a clear example of what Victor Hugo thinks a bishop should be like. When he became bishop, he turned the large bishop's residence into a hospital for the poor and the small hospital into his residence. He road a donkey instead of riding in a fine carriage.
The turning point in Jean Valjean's life comes when, after accepting the bishop's hospitality, he decides to steal his silver because his state as an ex-convict makes it impossible to find a job. Yet when the police bring Jean Valjean back to the bishop after he steals from him, Bishop Myriel not only says that everything he stole was a gift, but he gives him silver candlesticks as well, asking Jean Valjean to use the gift to change his life, which he does.
I dyed each of these colorways on my Cashmere Sock yarn base, which is made of 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, and 10% nylon. It's a wonderfully luxurious and soft yarn great for everything from shawls and sweaters to fabulous socks.
Bishop Myriel would go beautifully with all the other colorways in the Les Misérables collection. I made them all to work as a fade going from Javert to Bishop Myriel to Marius to Cosette to Eponine to Jean Valjean. They are shown together in that order in the last photo.
Each skein of yarn is spun or dyed by me with loving care and contains a label with the yarn facts shown above. Your yarn is wrapped in tissue paper and shipped promptly, making a great presentation if you are giving it as a gift to your favorite fiber artist--even if that happens to be you!
Unless otherwise specified, your yarn will come as a hank, which is basically a large loop. This is the best way to store yarn because there’s no tension being placed on it. Before you begin to use it, however, you will need to wind it into a ball or cake or you will end up with a tangled mess. The best way to do this is with a swift and ball winder. However, you can use the arms of a patient friend or just put your yarn over two dining chairs back to back and wind it into a ball by hand. If you don’t have a swift and you plan to use the yarn fairly soon, I would be happy to wind your yarn into a cake for you at no extra charge. Just mention it in your note to seller when you check out.
MY GIFT TO YOU
As a token of my appreciation, I would be happy to include your choice of either a sprig of fresh rosemary from my organic garden or a handmade felt ball infused with essential lavender oil with your order. Both of these smell wonderful and are natural moth deterrents. Just let me know if you would like one and which one you would prefer in the note to seller when you check out.
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