This sock is named after a tenth century Viking woman pirate and shieldmaiden whose fleet attacked Danish ships and many northern coastlines avenging her brother, whose throne had been stolen. Her sidekick Stikla turned to piracy in order to avoid marriage. Rusla was nicknamed the “Red Maid” and took part in many famous battles. In the end, her enemies grabbed her braids in order to beat her to death with oars. The wrap stitch motif reflects those braids.
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