Holiday Kitty Ornament

Sep 14, 2023 Tracey Levine

When we met to discuss our small project ideas for the holidays, I immediately thought about QCY's black kitty logo. Janis, a longtime lover of black cats, sadly lost both of hers this year. Out of this loss, was born the idea of “BD Kitty” to honor Baxter and Diva. With that in mind, I suggested we create kits for a BD Kitty ornament inspired by Susan Claudino’s Snowball Buddies. It was a simple process to take Susan’s playful animal ornaments and create our “BD Kitty” version.

We used Susan’s pattern for the Bunny snowball and modified it to create our Kitty snowball.

We did this by following the directions as written to create the snowball for the kitty body.

We then added a tail using the tail directions from the Mouse snowball.

And lastly, we modified the bunny ears to be more “cat-like”. These changes are included as part of the kit available from Queen City. Our sample is shown with a one color scarf, but with the red yarn included in the kit, you can either add a red stripe or you can use the red to make a bow for your tail.

Modifications for ears:

Cast on 10 stitches

Knit one row

Do increase row (row 4 in pattern)

Knit 3 more rows

Knit 1st decrease row (row 14 in pattern)

Knit one row

Knit 2nd decrease row (row 16 in pattern)

Knit Row 18 of the pattern for the center double decrease to complete ears

Alternatively, you could use the ears for the Mouse snowball as written.

May = Maryland!

May 01, 2023 Queen City Yarn

It’s Maryland Sheep and Wool Week!

You can find us (Yes BOTH OF US) Friday at Yarncentrick. We can’t wait to help you pick yarns for your next project. Tickets in advanced are HIGHLY encouraged, but there will be tickets at the door. Stop in The Arc at Market Street 555 S. Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, anytime from 10-4 to see us! We've got a new colorway Princess Sophia FOUR new samples to show you. Camaro, Rock It Tee, Sophie Scarf and The Side Hustle Cuffs.

In all of my years of going to MDSW, the weather has NEVER been what the chamber of commerce would have ordered. The first year it was blazing hot and I got a terrible sunburn. It felt like the 4th or July! That didn’t stop me from bringing home lots of yarn.

Every year since then it’s been cold and rainy. MDSW + Rain = MUD. So be sure to pack your boots, a raincoat, a warm sweater, a hat and maybe even a pair of mittens. Somehow a 50º May Saturday can feel like mid February.


If you see us out and about Saturday or Sunday be sure to say hi! 

NaKniSweMo KAL-Knit a Sweater in a Month with QCY

Oct 27, 2022 Anne Smith

NaKniSweMo is a month long make-a-long that challenges you to knit a 50,000 stitch sweater in the month of November. Sounds like a daunting task, but if you do the math 50,000 stitches is covered by just about any full length sweater. But can you really knit a whole sweater in just a month? We think you can! Giving ourselves a deadline is excellent motivation to accomplish any task, especially for those of us that tend to procrastinate a little (or a lot). As a test knitter, I have had many occasions that I had to knit a whole sweater in 4 weeks, and I'm talking plus size sweaters, so if I can do it, I know you can too!! We have decided to jump on board the NaKniSweMo (Knit-a-sweater-in-a-month) make along (who's to say crochet doesn't count right!) and offer up a few prizes of our own!

The Rules:

To be eligible for our excellent prizes (more on that below) you must

-participate in the make along by making a sweater in the month of November. We won't tell if you may have started it a little early or finish a day or two late.

-Use EITHER QCY yarn in your project in some capacity (doesn't have to be the whole sweater or only yarn you use) OR you use any kind of yarn to make a QCY sweater pattern (found on our website)

-Tag us in your social media posts using both the #QCY and #nakniswemo hashtags so we can find your entries!

The Prizes:

-We will choose 2 winners for our Project Spotlight Giveaway at the end of November and this time they will get a $50 QCY instead of the usual $30.

-We will also be picking random winners throughout the month for some spur of the moment mystery prizes.

Follow us on Instagram to see our pattern and yarn suggestions and play along. What will you be making with us?

Packing for Rhinebeck!

Oct 11, 2022 Queen City Yarn

It's 3 pm the day before we start our journey to the Hudson Valley for Rhinebeck weekend. The yarn van is packed, the Ipad is charging and QCY is ready. Me.... ya that's a different story!

Last on the to do list today is pack myself. That started yesterday with 120 loads of laundry. OK, really like five, but as I was dealing with laundry mountain last night at 10:30 it sure felt like 120!

Packing always starts with knitting. I've got a sweater WIP, and on my to do list is winding yarn for a hat as well as yarn to start Mark's Christmas socks. 

Knitting ✅

I never really pick out an outfit for vending. I usually pack a pair of black pants, a black tank top and black tennis shoes. From there, I'll get dressed from the bag of samples. The tank top means I can do a wardrobe change based on the weather or, let you try on my sweater. I strip down to that tank top at least once a show. NEVER be afraid to try on our samples! HUGE shout out to our sample makers,  ya'll keep me dressed in the booth!

The Rhinebeck Sweater. I didn't make one this year. We've been a little busy around here, so it just wasn't in the cards for me. But I do have my Sunday Funday. I started this last fall and got stuck on sleeve island. I finished it up this summer and I'm looking forward to showing it off Saturday. Mine is out of Pants with Pleats, Raindrops, Keep Pounding and Home Team Grey. I'll pair this with a simple tee and a pair of jeans. You never know what kind of weather the Hudson Valley has in store for you. Last year it was in the 60's and warm, 2015 it snowed! Come prepared for both! Thankfully Rhinebeck doesn't have the MUD like Maryland Sheep and Wool, but I'll still pack a pair of boots. They're stylish, warm and good for walking. 

Clothes ✅

One last piece; Road snacks!  See ya'll Friday!