Knitting Series: Yarn Reviews – Bumblebee Acres

Let’s talk about yarn.

So, this is going to be my first ever yarn review. I’ve been thinking about exactly how to do this for a while now, and it might change as I continue to develop my style, but for now here’s how it’s going to go:

First, I’ll tell you about the specific yarn base(s) that I’m reviewing from the company, what the content, ply, etc is, and then I’ll tell you everything I liked about it. After that will be anything I didn’t like about it, and then an overall opinion.

I make no promises that I won’t allow my interactions with the company to affect my judgement of the product. In fact, I will be intentionally making it a factor in my overall judgement. I think that bringing positivity and character to the community is an important facet of what the company is contributing.

Now, even as an avid knitter, I didn’t understand a lot of things regarding yarn for a very long time. I think that I naturally write in pretty basic knit-speak, but sometimes jargon slips in without my noticing! So if anyone has any questions, I’d be happy to answer them for you! Feel free to comment on the post or send me a message directly.

So let’s get right to it!

The yarn I’m reviewing today is Coquette Sock, by Bumblebee Acres.

Coquette sock is the company’s signature base, and it consists of 75% Superwash Corriedale Wool, 25% Nylon. It’s a fingering weight yarn, contains approximately 430 yards, and has a 3ply twist.

I fell in love with this yarn the moment I saw it at Yarn Con in Chicago in 2017. The colors they do are absolutely phenomenal. At Yarn Con, I purchased a skein of their A Ride Through the Highlands colorway, which is one of their Outlander inspired yarns.

I still have this skein sitting in my stash. It’s caked up and I’ve knit a couple swatches, because I fell in love with the color so much that I decided to order a sweater quantity of it. I have the sweater pattern and everything, but I’ve yet to see how that’s going to turn out. Perhaps it was a bit ambitious to go for a fingering weight sweater, especially out of this yarn, which is probably better for shawls.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Despite having quite a bit in my stash, I have also knit with even more of this yarn. When presented with the opportunity, I jumped at the chance to join in when Bumblebee Acres did their Christmas Advent calendar last year.

I chose their Downton Abbey colorways box, which was a fantastic decision!

In late November, I received the most magical package from the Bees. It contained a tote bag, a pattern to use with the yarn I received, and 25 individually wrapped 10gram skeins of yarn, all in different colorways.

It was one of the highlights of the holiday season to open up each of those skeins of yarn every day in December. The colorways were, every one of them, absolutely stunning (no surprise – the amazing colors are my favorite thing about this company!).

I knit my Take What’s There shawl out of it, which is now the pride of my knitted collection. And I only used 15 of the mini-skeins, so I still have 10 left!

The project turned out way softer and squishier than I expected. When you’re knitting with it, the Corriedale feels more coarse than your typical Merino base, and it is a bit more stiff, but the texture is perfect for a shawl, and the drape is heavenly.

My only complaints about the yarn are with the ply and the stretch.

For a shawl, this yarn was perfect! Ironically, considering the name of the base is Coquette Sock, I don’t know that I would want to knit socks with it. There simply wasn’t a lot of stretch in it, and very little memory in what stretch it did have, which isn’t great for keeping up socks.

The twist was also not as secure as one might hope. It felt like dangerous waters whenever I had to pull back and re-knit any of it, which I suspect is why it has issues with memory.

Overall, I enjoyed my experience with this yarn, but it does have its limitations. Fortunately, there are some other bases to try out with this company, because I don’t think I’d be able to resist their stunning colorways.

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