Happy Shawloween! Here’s the Autumn Preview!

Hi everyone, Happy Halloween!

Here’s some treats! New Autumn 2016 colorways to announce! Read more below…..

Once a year I host a Shawloween Makealong in my group on Ravelry during October.
I also dye a series of spooky fade to black gradients just for this season. It has become known as the “Shawloween Update”. These fade to black gradients are a special annual thing.

Last year we did these fun colorways:

Bewitched, Crimson Nocturne and Blue Nocturne.

Bewitched, Crimson Nocturne and Blue Nocturne.

I have made a ton of these again for this year so they are back. Anyone who joined the waitlist for these guys over the past year will be hearing from me soon so I can get some of this year’s batch to you.

To add to this series, I did two more of these fade to black colorways this year:

Allsorts starts out in a bright magenta and goes through lots of cool purples to get to black. It reminds me of pink and black Allsorts licorice.



Then there’s Haunted Forest. It is a deep teal/forest green that goes to black. It is sophisticated and mysterious looking.

Haunted Forest

Haunted Forest

I also did some fun new colorways that aren’t fade to black gradients.

Smoothie is the only possible name for this one. It starts out in a fresh light pineapple gold, goes briefly through cantaloupe, to guava and then raspberry. It makes me hungry. It is in the same general family as a former colorway Sonrisa, so if you liked that one, you will probably like this one too



Then there’s Galaxy, this light/medium turquoise that transitions to royal purple (LOVE!)



Then we have a spicy one, Caliente. This is a very warm straight up red, orange, yellow gradient.
It would look amazing contrasted with a blue or purple solid yarn/end yardage.




Then last but not least is Pure Fuchsia. This is an addition to our Pure Ombre series of colorways that are super smooth, single hue gradients. It goes from light ballet pink through 36 shades to a intense fuchsia. This is a “must have” for all hot pink enthusiasts.

Pure Fuchsia

Pure Fuchsia

Whew… I’m tired just writing about all these. But we have more fun things!

GIVEAWAY: I have a one of a kind (OOAK!) gradient that is one of my samples. I named her Japanese Maple for the tree outside my winding room. It is subtle, but holy cowwwww so pretty. It starts in a cinnamon spice color and ends in a cool red.  **ETA The winner of this giveaway has been chosen and it is Becky! I will get this in the mail to you tomorrow. *

Japanese Maple

Japanese Maple

**Please note: all products are in “preview mode”; they are not listed as “in stock”. You must sort your product list to “All Products” or “Waitlist Available” in order to see them**.

If you are interested in any of the above colorways, just go into the store in the next day or so and add yourself to the waitlist for the color, length and base yarn you would like. I did not put any of these new things “in stock” so that we can avoid a traffic jam and have this process getting out new colorways be a little bit more organized and less stressful. Plus, it’s a weeknight and we all might be tired. I just got home myself! So you can always hop in there tomorrow. I’ll leave them open. You must be logged in to join a waitlist. For more information about how a waitlist works, please read this post.

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I’m hoping this “non-update update” is a little more fun and a lot less stressful for people. We’ll see how it goes!
Please note that I anticipate it will take me a few weeks to work through these waitlists.
The first things to ship will be the Shawloween fade to black gradients, bc I have a whole lot on the racks ready to wind.
Then I’ll work through the other new ones next.

Any problems, just send me a message either through the contact form under “Contact Us” or I’ll be on and off Ravelry tonight and tomorrow.


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81 Responses to “Happy Shawloween! Here’s the Autumn Preview!”

  1. oceana October 31, 2016 at 11:14 pm #

    You have done it once again! Love the old and new colors! Great job, Amy!

  2. Susan Goodell October 31, 2016 at 11:25 pm #

    This is my favorite holiday of the year and you have made it even more special!!

  3. Donna October 31, 2016 at 11:35 pm #

    Such beautiful colors. I want them all!!

  4. hpfchamber November 1, 2016 at 12:20 am #

    Loving the new colors! Haunted Forest is gorgeous, Caliente is HOT HOT HOT, and Galaxy is beautiful. Can’t wait to see them in person!

  5. Konane November 1, 2016 at 1:25 am #

    These colors are all so inviting! It would really be a treat to be the lucky recipient of Japanese Maple!

  6. Judy November 1, 2016 at 1:42 am #

    Thanks for all the treats

  7. Linda rayner November 1, 2016 at 1:48 am #

    Wow! such gorgeous colours don’t know how I will choose.

  8. Kareen November 1, 2016 at 1:58 am #

    AMAZING COLORS!!! And thank you for the chance to win one of your beautiful skeins!

  9. leslieperkins November 1, 2016 at 2:16 am #

    Your new colorways are all gorgeous!

  10. Aimee Milan November 1, 2016 at 2:17 am #

    Dear Amy – I think Japanese Maple is one of the most gorgeous gradients I have seen! You’re a true artist!!

  11. Susan Jackson November 1, 2016 at 2:29 am #

    Love that color!

  12. Leslie November 1, 2016 at 2:33 am #

    Japanese Maple looks great Amy. Will it become part of the normal stock????

  13. Michele Pelletier November 1, 2016 at 2:39 am #

    This looks like a real budget buster of an update!

  14. greatminds November 1, 2016 at 2:42 am #

    Have fun eating those goodies Amy!
    First off I love the Japanese Maple Trees, so gorgeous and the colours of the yarn are so appropriate for that name. I must admit, I love the Haunted Forest…awesome!

  15. Kay November 1, 2016 at 2:45 am #

    Oh my goodness! I love all of your new colorways!! Most definitely will be putting myself on the waitlist for them. 🙂

  16. disou November 1, 2016 at 3:02 am #

    Thank you so much for this giveaway Amy!!

  17. Tabitha W. November 1, 2016 at 4:14 am #

    Loving the new colors, but especially Haunted Forest and Caliente!
    Happy Halloween everyone, these are treats indeed!

  18. Becky November 1, 2016 at 5:03 am #

    I am in trouble! They are just gorgeous Amy!

    • amy November 1, 2016 at 6:38 pm #

      Winner winner! Comment #18 is you, Becky!

  19. Traci November 1, 2016 at 5:05 am #

    Happy Shawloween!! The Japanese maple skein is stunning 🙂

  20. Nim November 1, 2016 at 5:27 am #

    I think I just drooled on the keyboard..

    But only one Maple???!?! Nooooo!!!!!

  21. keebelf November 1, 2016 at 5:37 am #

    Happy Halloween! As usual, Amy, you have out done yourself. All the colors are so gorgeous and I can’t wait to pick out projects for them all! Have a wonderful November!

  22. BBrosen November 1, 2016 at 5:39 am #

    You hit it out of the park again!!! Love them all. Thanks for the
    chance for the give away.

  23. Jennifer November 1, 2016 at 5:48 am #

    Fabulous colours!

  24. Bernice November 1, 2016 at 5:50 am #

    Your yarn is amazing! ❤️ I love them all! Thank you for a chance to win!

  25. azureknitting November 1, 2016 at 5:58 am #

    Gorgeousness Personified!!!!!

    This would begin an incredibly awesome birthday month for me!!!!! ????????????????

  26. carolien November 1, 2016 at 6:07 am #

    What a stunning yarns in gorgeous colorways. Happy Halloween to you and your family. Thank you very much for this wonderful contest.

  27. Lee November 1, 2016 at 6:30 am #

    Hi Amy! Love all those new colors!

  28. Lori November 1, 2016 at 6:39 am #

    Spoooooky! Awesome colors!

  29. Parijati November 1, 2016 at 6:55 am #

    These are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing them with us!

  30. efwesson November 1, 2016 at 7:02 am #

    Japanese Maple is gorgeous! I added a few of the colors to my wait list 🙂

  31. wordnerd November 1, 2016 at 7:36 am #

    So gorgeous!! And let me also say, thank you for having such amazing yarn on non-wool bases. It’s a perfect treat for those of us with allergies. 🙂

  32. dragsholm November 1, 2016 at 7:38 am #

    Those are really fun colors. Great job!

  33. Juliette November 1, 2016 at 7:44 am #

    Happy Haloween!! Love the new colors!!

  34. Toni November 1, 2016 at 7:59 am #

    Omg! I could not dream up a prettier colorway!

  35. Brooke Olson November 1, 2016 at 8:00 am #

    I love Halloween and Shaloween. Beautiful color ways!

  36. babyweave2 November 1, 2016 at 8:09 am #

    Love your new colors and hope I win!

  37. Leasa Graham November 1, 2016 at 8:24 am #

    Wow Amy! Gorgeous!

  38. Deb Steiner November 1, 2016 at 8:35 am #

    Beautiful colors in the update! Put me in the drawing. Love your Japanese Maple. I have one outside my living room window, another at the corner of my house, and one in the back yard. It would be a perfect addition to my stash!

  39. Nancy November 1, 2016 at 8:36 am #

    Lovely colors!!!

  40. Janet November 1, 2016 at 8:36 am #

    Once again, you’ve outdone yourself-all of these are drop dead gorgeous!

  41. Sara Friedman November 1, 2016 at 8:38 am #

    So pretty!!! How will I ever choose?

  42. Lynne Bishop November 1, 2016 at 8:54 am #

    Happy November 1st, Amy. Love all the colors ~ especially Japanese Maple! Thank you for the opportunity to become the fortunate one to knit that gorgeous skein.

  43. JudithH November 1, 2016 at 9:00 am #

    LOVE the new colors–and that Japanese Maple is a stunner.
    Also loving the new, lower-stress-for-everyone update. Hope it goes very smoothly for you!!

  44. qtcaro November 1, 2016 at 9:00 am #

    Trick or treat Gorgeous skeins!!!

  45. Priscilla November 1, 2016 at 9:01 am #

    I’m loving all your new colors, and your Japanese Maple skein is to dye for!! ????????

  46. Cheryl November 1, 2016 at 9:08 am #

    Such a great idea to avoid the mad rush and thank you for more and more beautiful skeins to fall in love with. I have a Japanese maple outside my window too so it’s a very special one for sure 🙂 Enjoy your candy 😉

  47. Pam November 1, 2016 at 9:18 am #

    Oh my, these colors are fabulous! Hard to choose a favorite but it may be Haunted Forest for me. I adore the skein you are giving away too!! Fingers crossed.

  48. Micaela November 1, 2016 at 9:25 am #

    Wow that Japanese Maple is gorgeous even on the computer. I bet it really shines in person (like all your stuff does!). Happy Dios de los Muertos!

  49. Irma November 1, 2016 at 9:35 am #

    Japanese Maple is gorgeous! ALL of them are!!! Love them!

  50. Lorene Frischknecht November 1, 2016 at 9:38 am #

    The colors are simply gorgeous and I love each one of them! I think I like Caliente the best!

  51. Christine November 1, 2016 at 10:12 am #


    such beautiful color but I’d say you the left the best for last…a tree I have tried a couple of times to plant them out west as a reminder of my yard growing up and my Dad’s favorite tree…the gorgeous Japanese Maple. OOOOOH AHHHH in the autumn this was my absolute favorite tree to watch change colors.

  52. Krystal November 1, 2016 at 10:12 am #

    Beautiful colors, can’t wait to use them! 😀

  53. Maggi November 1, 2016 at 10:19 am #

    Everything looks amazing, Amy! These new colorways completely knocked it out of the park! <3

  54. Kathy BR November 1, 2016 at 10:41 am #

    Happy Halloween and enjoy your candy, you’ve earned it by coming up with these gorgeous colors

  55. Teddi Sherrill November 1, 2016 at 10:43 am #

    You are truly a magician – these are beautiful as always. I love them all!

  56. Ellisha Nelson November 1, 2016 at 10:58 am #

    So beautiful!!!

  57. Vicki Jueng November 1, 2016 at 11:02 am #

    Ooooh. I am a Halloween baby, so maybe Happy Birthday to me! 🙂

    • amy November 1, 2016 at 11:16 pm #

      Happy Belated Birthday, Vicki!

  58. Gwenyth Love November 1, 2016 at 11:03 am #

    Trick or treat! But preferably treat! That Japanese Maple colour is GORGEOUS!

  59. Rose Nelsenador November 1, 2016 at 11:17 am #

    The new colors are gorgeous! I love the Japanese Maple and Caliente is calling to me. Great job, Amy!

  60. Sally Baker Williams November 1, 2016 at 11:24 am #

    Happy November, Amy!
    Goodness, all the new color ways are just gorgeous. Love, love, love the Japanese Maple.

    • Lisa November 1, 2016 at 11:42 am #

      Japanese Maple is my dream color! WooHoo!

  61. Susen button November 1, 2016 at 11:40 am #

    Beautiful colors!

  62. Cassandra November 1, 2016 at 12:51 pm #

    I love all the new gradients so much it’s hard to decide which one is my absolute favorite! 🙂

  63. Tish Best November 1, 2016 at 12:54 pm #

    What a beauty uodate Amy love them all. I really love that Japanese oak colorway!!!

  64. jacqueline November 1, 2016 at 1:21 pm #

    Trick or TREAT!!! So in love with the Japanese Maple, I can hardly stand it! You hit this one out of the park. I promise to do something appropriately amazing with it, if given the chance ????
    All of these are beautiful (Haunted Forest is my second fave). You are so very talented. Thank you!!
    Jac’y in Canada

  65. adeline November 1, 2016 at 1:35 pm #

    Lovely everything!! What a treat to see as the last thing on my 60th Halloween birthday!!! Japanese maple included! Love Allsorts, Haunted Forest Galaxy and Caliente as well. There goes the budget and I don’t care – so there! ha!

    • amy November 1, 2016 at 11:16 pm #

      Happy belated birthday, Adeline!

  66. hayley November 1, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

    I was so disappointed that Japanese Maple is OOAK single skein! That was the one I would have immediately ordered… perhaps you will consider offering that colorway? Please? 😀

    • amy November 1, 2016 at 11:15 pm #

      I might just! I think I underestimated how well received it would be.

  67. Janet Gleig November 1, 2016 at 2:02 pm #

    Definately all treats, and unlike a sugar rush a yarn rush lasts so much longer! Love them all but top of my list Japanese Maple, Galaxy, Allsorts and Haunted Forest!

  68. Debbie Bennett November 1, 2016 at 2:43 pm #

    I can’t decide what I want. Prolly some of everything. I hope Japanese Maple comes my way . . . or becomes a standard color in the future. It’s gorgeous!

  69. theluckielizard November 1, 2016 at 3:54 pm #

    Trick or Treat!

    Beautiful colors.

  70. Kabuli1 November 1, 2016 at 5:22 pm #

    Gorgeous! Trick or Treat . . . LOVE Japanese Maple! got lots and lots waitlisted.

  71. MO November 1, 2016 at 5:33 pm #

    Beautiful colors! Can’t wait to own one!

  72. Carol Adams November 1, 2016 at 6:14 pm #

    Trick or treat….. winning this yarn would surely be a great!!!!!

  73. amy November 1, 2016 at 6:40 pm #

    Thanks so much for all your kind words! Such a treat to see you all here. I really appreciate it!

    I was out all day long, but just got back to my office.
    I just chose a random number for our winner- it is comment #18.

    Congratulations Becky! I know you will put that Japanese Maple to good use.

  74. Carson November 1, 2016 at 8:17 pm #


  75. Allison Gibbs November 2, 2016 at 12:08 am #

    Thank you! I have been waiting for blue nocturne all summer! Your new color ways are really beautiful. Any chance of some wool bases?

    • amy November 2, 2016 at 12:31 am #

      Awesome, there’s going to be a lot of Blue Nocturnes becoming available.
      And Yes to wool. I have 40 kilos arriving in the next few weeks and the samples are looking really nice.

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