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.
We debuted our custom base from Undercover Otter called Eventide, which is a delicious blend of merino, yak, and silk. The Undercover Otter Yak Silk shawl is rare specimen in the Westknits shawl family as it features lace. When Westknits does lace, he goes graphic!
Skystorm continued the YAL theme of three-skein fades with a beautifully simple faded design. Skystorm showcased Fru Valborg’s signature style of understated elegance in her dye techniques. Stephen has quite the eye for showcasing hand dyed yarns and is quite clever how he lets them shine in his designs. He always know when to tone things down and when to excite us again with electric colors and surprising construction details.
The final shawl this year was the triangular Slipping Tiles, a graphic statement piece. This design has since progressed into a flurry of other slip stitch designs like Slipstravaganza, Fantastitch, and Painting Honeycombs.
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!