The Westknits Yarn A Long (or YAL) is a yearly knit-along and yarn club hosted by Stephen & Penelope. When you purchase the Yarn A Long, you will receive three individual shipments, one per month in May, June and July. Each shipment includes exclusive hand-dyed yarn, an exclusive pattern, two from Stephen West and one from Malia Joseph (the Penelope in Stephen & Penelope), and a knitting-related gift. The first shipment includes a Westknits project bag and the last shipment also includes an embroidered achievement badge.
The 2022 YAL focuses on collaboration and connectivity. Each month, we've paired two of our favourite dyers to create a mixed yet harmonious palette. Stephen and Malia will work together to join up themes and inspire each other through the design process. The overall mood and tone of these kits is neutrals with a pop. You will receive a stunning assortment of nuanced neutrals for most of the fingering weight yarns along with some striking color pops. Make sure to sign up to our newsletter to be in the know about all the details for this year!
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.