As we roll into the new year, I’ve decided to be daring and to constantly venture out and try new stitches, techniques and yarns! My design philosophy has always been to channel a sense of playfulness into every piece, while keeping it chic – Which is distinctively reflected in my work, resulting in timeless pieces with hints of quirky touches inspired by the beauty of rich, natural landscapes all around us. I always aim for comfort, warmth and versatility whilst closely paying attention to detail… Recently a little birdie delivered to my door the most beautiful collection of wools I’ve seen in a long time, which I’m excited to share with you all today (hopefully offering some inspiration for this new season in life)!
Willow & Lark yarns celebrate classic Britishness in all its glory, from the smell of golden apple crumble and steaming cups of tea to striding out in a pair of old wellies through the glorious woodland. Their family consists of four beautifully spun wools, Ramble, Woodland, Plume and Nest, all in an array of delicious colours and full of loft and character. These bright new yarns with accompanying patterns have been crafted and designed to reflect the delightful quirkiness of Britain – evoking natural landscapes in the colour palette, and original thinking in design.
Life in the countryside inspires people all over the world, myself included as I grew up (and still live) in a small town nestled in amongst the rollings hills. Time spent enjoying varied fields swaying in the wind, or a gentle brook quietly singing a melody evoke a sense of calmness and tranquility in my everyday life. Combining my serene surroundings with my love of crochet creates absolute bliss, so no wonder my work constantly reflects my love of nature… Making Willow & Lark’s delightful yarn collections a match made in heaven!
As robust as it is delicious, this splendid super soft DK superwash wool is full of loft and character. Rambles twist brings exquisite stitch definition, making it a fabulous yarn for textured stitches and lace while its scrumptious colour palette is full of character! Cosy and whimsical, Ramble comes in 30 heirloom shades including pastels, stunning neutrals and some bold accent colours – Perfect for colourwork!
Delicious tweed shot through with dappled neps of colour, Woodland is a DK weight wool which offers a touch of alpaca to give a much softer handle than most other tweed yarns. The twist is defined enough to bring a plump definition to ribs and bobbles, and comes in 20+ rich tones to pick and choose from, helping you to create exquisite cardigans and sweaters to snuggle in come autumn!
Fine, delicate and whimsical, Plume conjures up memories of lazy, hazy summer days. A soft silk-mohair mix in an array of elegant, romantic colours, Plume’s gentle twist creates shawls and cardigans with the most fabulous drape and swish, offering pieces a “barely-there” quality, wonderful for lightweight designs this spring.
A blend of the softest merino wool and cashmere, with just a dash of Tencel for durability, this DK weight yarn comes in a range of colours that echo the British countryside. Full of vintage charm and character, Nestt’s whimsical colour palette ranges from brights and pastels to muted heirloom shades, making this plump, lofty wool warm enough for coats and little jackets – Creating pieces enjoyable to wear and give!
I found it rather difficult to pick just one of their wools to showcase, but after much thought (and crocheting) I landed upon Ramble, their super soft DK superwash wool. Being the delightfully sweet and thoughtful company that they are, Willow & Lark included this detailed colour-card, a handwritten card and my own little “Willow & Lark” mug along with some tea to brew and enjoy in it.
With it’s exemplary stitch definition and glorious colour palette, Ramble is a fabulous yarn for textured stitches and designs that require attention to detail and exceptional quality. A wonderfully soft choice for any DK pattern! Full of loft and character, it’ll work up into snuggly sweaters and cardigans that’ll keep you warm as toast, and that you’ll never want to take off.
Willow & Lark have been incredibly generous, so much so that they want to give you the opportunity to explore the softness and stitch definition of their splendidly British wool for yourself! We will be choosing ONE winner who will receive 15 balls of their delicious “Ramble” wool, in the winners choice of colours.
To enter this giveaway please…
Follow at least ONE entry option (or more to increase your chances of winning)
– “Like” THIS Instagram photo and leave a quick comment telling me why you’re most excited to use these luscious skeins of wool, and what you’re planning to crochet/knit with them? (OR, if you don’t have an Instagram account, comment below for an entry instead)
– Follow “Willow & Lark” Instagram” (@willowandlarkyarns).
– Follow “Hopeful Honey’s Instagram” Instagram (@hopefulhoney).
This giveaway is open WORLDWIDE and closes on Friday January 12th at 8pm AEST – If you don’t have Instagram but would love to have more entry options for this giveaway, consider starting an account as it’s a great way to discover crafty inspiration and share your own work!
Hope you all enjoyed this little yarn review, and that it offered you some inspiration as we head into the new year.
Be sure to use the tag #hopefulhoneyhive on Instagram to show me your version of any of my designs!
Have a lovely day crocheting…