BWM 2012 shade card round up.

Public Service Announcement: this really is a post all about this year’s Bendigo Woollen Mills shade card. It contains spoilers, but may also cause drowsiness when consumed.

The month of March is full of excitement and anticipation for me, as it’s when the new Bendigo Woollen Mills shade card arrives. I don’t think I’ve explicitly mentioned it, though it might be already apparent; Bendigo Woollen Mills is my ‘go to’ brand of yarn. Many of my FOs are from BWM yarns, and their yarns make up a large part of my stash. I have a somewhat love/hate relationship with their colourways (there are often more insipid colours than you can poke a stick at), but it’s reasonably priced, decent quality, and there are enough decent colours to get by. Nevertheless, there’s always a little bit of nervousness mixed in with the excitement of receiving a new shade card, wondering which of my favourite colourways have got the boot this year.

BWM 2012 shade card

This year’s shade card arrived yesterday, and it was out of the envelope quicker than you can say ‘I’ve got a golden ticket’. Just for fun, here’s a summary of changes between the 2011 and 2012 shade card:


  • Orange (shade number 330), Oceanic (331) and Red Earth (364) discontinued
  • Sunflower (yellow, 344), Acorn (dark brown, 345) and Desert Pea (red, 346) included
  • Frost (312), Purple Storm (367) and Brick (361) included in the 10 ply range, with no existing 10 ply shades discontinued


  • Feijoa (615), Mid Green (655) and Mayfair (656) discontinued
  • Passionfruit (purple, 749), Coffee Bean (red-brown, 750) and Burnt Rose (pink, 751) included to the 5 and 8 ply ranges
  • The 2/3/12 ply range remains the same


  • Replaced by Alpaca Rich, a 60/40 Alpaca/Wool blend. The colourways aren’t particularly comparable


  • Russet (938) discontinued
  • Carbon (black, 929) included

The biggest change this year is the replacement of the pure Alpaca line with Alpaca Rich, an alpaca/wool blend. I don’t tend to use alpaca all that much so I don’t really have any thoughts either way on this change.

The changes that I took most notice of were in the Luxury colourways. I’m sad to see Oceanic go, as I thought it was a really nice shade of blue. Although I’m suffering from a stash management problem at the moment, I may have to stock up on some 4ply before it’s gone for good. The three new Luxury colourways, Sunflower, Acorn and Desert Pea, are of interest. Acorn is the nice rich dark brown that the Luxury line has needed since it was released. I suspect it will be fairly popular; hopefully popular enough that it sticks around for a few years. Sunflower and Desert Pea also look like good colourways, but they’re two colours that I’d want to see in the ball before buying. Shade cards are more useful than computer screens when looking at colours, but sometimes they’re not quite enough to get a good idea for what a particular colour will look like as a whole garment.

So, that’s the BWM shade card for this year. If you also receive their shade cards, I’d love to know what you think about this year’s card.

5 Responses to “BWM 2012 shade card round up.”

  1. alison Says:

    This is such a deliciously delightful knit-nerdy post – you made my friday arvo much brighter!
    I forgot to tell BWM my new address so no shade card surprises in my letter box this year, more’s the pity.

  2. Jen Says:

    I “read” my shade cards in bed – patting the yarn and thinking of all the UFOs I could start…

  3. Bells Says:

    Oh this is a great write up. Thanks Emma! Oceanic is going? Right, I’m stocking up too. That’s a real shame. I’ve loved their alpaca yarns in the past – will be curious to see the Alpaca Rich.

  4. drk Says:

    excellent precis, thanks! i noticed a slight shift towards more solid/bold colours and less insipid. i do like the luxury in 4 ply, in particular.

  5. Lynne Says:

    I have my shade card but didn’t think about it too much. Probably because I am trying not to buy yarn at the moment! Which is difficult with Spotlight having so many yarns on sale at them moment but if I stay away …

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