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! Stripified is a classic Westknits semi-circle that debuted with three colors of Undercover Otter Squirm. Stephen has since expanded the pattern to include a large multi-color version so you can also knit a stash busting shawl. Stephen returns to the semi-circular shape again and again for its elegant simplicity and he’s refined the perfect semi-circle drape over the years.
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. Undercover Otter, Fru Valborg, and La Bien Aimée were the featured dyers and they all produced some truly stunning colorways.
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.