The Year of the Emerald at Vogue Knitting Live
Year of the Emerald Mittens on Ravelry
As many of you know, Pantone has heralded Emerald as the color of the year. Every year, no matter how much I think I know what the color is going to be I am delightfully surprised at the announcement. This year I was even more excited as it elevates my birthstone of emerald to its rightful place!
Emerald is known to us in the fiber and fashion industry to be part of the jewel stone family. In nature it is a variety of the mineral, beryl and gets the green hues from trace amounts of chromium and vanadium.
“Emeralds occur in hues ranging from yellow-green to blue-green, with the primary hue necessarily being green. Yellow and blue are the normal secondary hues found in emeralds. Only gems that are medium to dark in tone are considered emerald; light-toned gems are known instead by the species name green beryl.” – Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emerald )
From Local Yarn producers and indie dyers, to our favorite local yarn shops and yarn companies, Emerald was showcased in a whole new light. The natural shades of Emerald were seen throughout.
Local Yarn and Indie dyer herself, Jill Draper from Jill Makes Stuff (http://www.etsy.com/shop/jilldrapermakesstuff), highlighted the yellow-green end of the hue range with Lichen, which is a gorgeous NYS wool that would look great in any garment. Take a look at her Etsy Shop to see her many wonderful colors.
The folks at the Neighborhood Fiber Company displayed breath taking colors and Emerald took center stage. For a closer look at their yarn check out their facebook page: (http://www.facebook.com/neighborhoodfiberco)
Green Mountain Spinnery, another great locally based company using solely American wool showcased emerald in their classic line as well as their new yarn (so excited!!!)
The amazing standard in a great line of yarns is Mountain Mohair in the colorway of Wintergreen. It showcases the blue undertones inherent in Emerald.
( http://www.spinnery.com/shop/proddetail.php?prod=5-WG )
Need a great pattern for this color, try my Putney Cowl which is perfect for the extreme winter weather we have been experiencing.
Weekend Wool, which debuted at VK live, highlights the deep green hues in the Emerald family in its Spruce color way. This great new yarn has the same gauge as their discontinued Wonderfully Wooly but has an even greater loft and softer feel! A great choice for ski hats, sweaters and mittens.
( http://www.spinnery.com/shop/proddetail.php?prod=Spruce )
Knitting Fever and Noro Yarns showcased the very beautiful Karuta in the Noro Line. A gorgeous hand knit top, using Karuta in the 04 colorway seemed perfect for summer. This yarn is a great representation of the color spectrum that is Emerald. Looking for a great pattern using Karuta, may I suggest my Year of the Emerald Mittens on Ravelry?
Eventhough, my friends at The Fiberists were not in attendance at VK live, this post would be incomplete without mentioning their amazing Emerald colors as they are continually inspired by the natural world. (http://www.etsy.com/listing/119019161/specimen-184-385-yards-hand-dyed-semi) . If you would love to see their yarns in person, they are sold at Fiber Space in Virginia as well as online in their Etsy shop.( http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheFiberists?ref=search_shop_redirect). They will also be in person at their trunk show at Fibre Space President’s Day Weekend and I will be there as well showcasing my designs.
While this post included many of the emerald yarns available at VK Live and shops across the country we would love to hear what your favorite emerald yarn is !