by Dye Mad Yarns


For the month of May, we have Emerald! It's the traditional gemstone for May, but also for the tropical Zodiac sign of Cancer for some reason. 

The word emerald derived from a few different sources, probably most directly from a Semitic word for "shine", but Old French and Middle English's esmeraude and emeraude mean "green gem". Straightforward enough! 

Emeralds are found all over the world, but Colombia is the largest producer (upwards of 95%), followed by Zambia. 

Traditional alchemical lore ascribes several uses and characteristics to emeralds:

The virtue of the Emerald is to counteract poison. They say that if a venomous animal should look at it, it will become blinded. The gem also acts as a preservative against epilepsy; it cures leprosy, strengthens sight and memory, checks copulation, during which act it will break, if worn at the time on the finger.

Our Emerald is saturated, tonal green with hints of yellow green throughout its tones. With this yarn in particular, we are recommending washing with a color catcher in the basin.

For pairings, we recommend Taurus and Gemini (obviously), Beltane, Jackalope, Grandpa's Cheese Barn, Pop, Yeah No, Pink Drink, Matcha Latte (and really most of our tonals). 


Hattie Floof: 50g, 459 yards, 72% mohair/28% silk (lace weight)
Chester Sock: 100g, 437 yards, blend of 75% superwash merino/25% nylon
Gladys Shawl: 100g, 438 yards, single ply blend of 70% superwash merino/30% silk
Adelaide MCN: 
Tortie Sport: 100g, 287 yards, 80% alpaca/20% silk
Minnie DK: 100g, 246 yards, 100% superwash merino wool 
Genny Worsted: 100g, 191 yards, 80% superwash merino/20% alpaca
Chubby Trevor: 115g, 136 yards, 100% superwash merino
Chunky Trevor: 100g, 76 yards, 80% superwash merino/20% nylon, single ply
Summer Fingering: 65% silk/35% linen, 115g skein, approximately 438 yards
Summer DK: 65% silk/35% linen, 115g skein, approximately 246 yards
Summer Worsted: 65% silk/35% linen, 115g skein, approximately 181 yards
Piper Fiber: 85% Polwarth Wool/15% Tussah Silk, approximately 4oz braid of fiber for spinning, felting, etc