The Yarn A Long 2021 theme was jewels and brights. Participants got to select all bright yarn kits or all jewel toned color palettes. Mominoki create gorgeous color pop kits for the Shawl Party pattern, which featured one main color with five contrast color pops.
This Yarn A Long was the first season where you, the knitter, got to choose which color story you received. Instead of designing one color palette for each shawl, Stephen collaborated with the dyers on two custom palettes. Members received either all warm colors or all cool colors.
Malia and Stephen launched their fist yarn, West Wool, so this YAL celebrated the West Wool launch by featuring their fingering weight Bicycle base in each package. Each month included a hand dyed custom colorway that coordinated with one of our West Wool solid colorways.
The YAL 2018 featured two newer dyers, La Bien Aimée and Uschitita together with Skein Yarn from Australia, which was one of the first hand dyed yarns carried at Stephen & Penelope when it was then called Penelope Craft.
This year’s YAL brought together Qing Fibre, Garn Stories, and Undercover Otter who all created custom colorways for three unique shawl constructions. Smock It! was a summery and splashy fade with a uniquely smocked border and picot edge. All the Angles brought some striking geometry and yarn over eyelets and it only requires two skeins of yarn, one skein of each color!
The YAL 2016 was near the beginning of the speckled yarn craze. Stephen designed the first shawl with a 3-skein fade design called Speckled Fade that sparked the craze for fades and collecting speckled yarn. AmsterBAM called things down as it was a solid showstopper of a shawl.