Meet the Designer: Jill of Knit Sisu

Sep 08, 2022 Anne Smith

This week we are featuring Jill's newest design, the Olive & Oak Sweater made in our luscious Coleman Yarn, so we thought you might want to get to know Jill a little better!

My hometown is…. I've moved every 2-5 years of my life so there isn't one hometown! But I was born in Denver, CO and spent a lot of time in Irvine, CA.

I currently live in… Washington DC

My professional background/degree is in… English Lit with a Masters in Teaching

My preferred craft isand I have been doing it for (how long)... Knitting! For about 10 years.

Fiber crafts I would like to try are… Macrame, yarn dyeing

Non yarn related hobbies are… Yoga, cooking, hiking, and reading

My favorite movie is…. Clueless. But my husband won't watch it with me because I recite all the lines.

My favorite QCY color is…. the new autumn-y Coleman Maple color!

A food I think is super gross is… haha not much - I'll eat just about anything!

I have an unpopular opinion about…. Cats. Yikes.

My current Work In Progress is… I always have way too many projects going at once. Right now I'm designing a cardigan, a shawl, a couple cowls, and a few socks.

Do you have a pet? Yes! Sig - a longhaired Dachshund mix with LOTS of attitude.

Favorite chip or ice cream flavor? Chip - truffle potato chips. Ice Cream - really good vanilla

Coffee or tea? Both... coffee in the morning, green tea in the afternoon, ginger tea before bed.

Mountains or Beach? Most often the mountains, but the beach if it's cold, gray and blustery.

What are you reading and/or watching right now? Watching - the 5 Days at Memorial series (not exactly a feel-good watch, but amazing that it's a true story). Reading - Half Baked Harvest Every Day by Tieghan Gerard... I often read cookbooks like novels, cover to cover.

If you had a superpower what would it be? To instantaneously make people feel comfort, happiness and joy. And also be able to knit really, REALLY fast. 😆

Meet the Maker: Jess

Aug 25, 2022 Anne Smith

Want to meet the extended QCY team? Follow our Meet the Makers Series! This month we are introducing you to Jess, the gal behind the camera! Jess is a professional photographer who snaps all our gorgeous product marketing photos. She can take a couple skeins of Coleman and make them look like the art they are! Read on to find out more about Jess!

My hometown is Hickory NC

I currently live in Waxhaw, NC

My role at QCY is Photographer

My professional background/degree is in Business Management

My preferred craft is…and I have been doing it for (how long)... Cooking & Baking, since I was a kid in the kitchen with my Dad

My favorite movie is The Harry Potter films.

A food I think is super gross is Olives

I have an unpopular opinion about The word brekkie

My current Work In Progress is My yoga practice.

Do you have a pet? 2 cats, 1 dog, and 4 chickens

Favorite chip or ice cream flavor? Coffee icecream or Nacho Cheese Doritos

Coffee or tea? Coffee

Mountains or Beach? Both! NC is great for that!

What are you reading and/or watching right now? Just completed The Maze Runner 5 book series on Audiobook

If you had a superpower what would it be? Teleportation - I get carsick easily so it would be nice to travel more without that!

Do you have a side hustle? I recently launched a passion project, Finicky Foods, making hand-crafted gourmet pimento cheese for the Charlotte community and beyond. Find us at www.finickyfoodsnc.com. 

Meet the Maker: Hannah

Jul 27, 2022 Anne Smith

Time for a fun meet the maker QCY edition! Let's get to know the Queen City Team. You'll see some familiar faces and not so familiar faces. We sat down to interview each team member so you can get to know them better!

This week we're talking to Hannah, QCY's resident Graphic Designer and Marketing Specialist. She has put so much work into making our holiday boxes extra special.

My hometown is…

Lincoln, Nebraska

I currently live in…

Charlotte, North Carolina

My role at QCY is…

Graphic Designer

My professional background/degree is in…

Art & Advertising

My preferred craft is…

My current craft of choice is more culinary. I love sourdough bread making and have been doing that consistently over the last 8 years 

Fiber crafts I would like to try are…

I learned to knit a long long time ago but haven’t done it in the last 15 years. Now that I’m working with QCY I need to pick it back up!  

Non yarn related hobbies are…

Hiking, travel, reading, cooking

My favorite movie is…

Little Women - Old and new!

My favorite QCY color is…

MVP

A food I think is super gross is…

Cantaloupe 

My current Work In Progress is…

A new baby! Due at any moment!

Do you have a pet?

A rescue pup named Moose

Favorite chip or ice cream flavor?

Any Jeni’s flavor of ice cream

Coffee or tea?

Coffee

Mountains or Beach?

Mountains

What are you reading and/or watching right now?

Watching Julia on HBO

Reading Lessons in Chemistry

If you had a superpower what would it be?

Speaking every language 

Salty Air Tee- Coleman Version

Jun 28, 2022 Queen City Yarn

I had been watching the Salty Air Tee by Samantha Guerin previews on Instagram. As soon as it was released I knew I wanted to make one out of Coleman. I cast on my version the day the pattern was released. One of my favorite things about Coleman garments is how quickly they work up. My Salty Air Tee was finished in just twelve days. 

The Salty Air Tee calls for a fingering weight yarn, so knitting one out of Coleman requires a little bit of math to get the size you intend.

Step One:
Make a SWATCH. You will need to make yourself a big swatch at least 30 stitches wide and 30 rows tall. Wash and block this swatch just as you will your tee. Now measure it to find your gauge.

MY GAUGE is 21 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches or
5.25 stitches and 6.25 rows per inch  <--- You need this per inch measurement

Step Two:
Reading your pattern. You need to find what the largest stitch count on the body is. In the Salty Air Tee this information is on page 7, look for the Sweater body stitch count AFTER splitting for the sleeves. 

Step Three:
The math. Don't worry you can do it, I promise! To figure out what size you want to make at your gauge use the following equation.

Body Stitch Count/ Stitches Per Inch = Finished Bust Circumference

In my case I knit size 3.  243 Stitches/5.25 stitches per inch = 46.25 finish bust size. 

My finished measurements:
A- Finished Bust Circumference- 46.25" 
B- Sleeve Circumference- 14.5"
C- Yoke Depth- 7"
D- Body Length- 13"
E- Sleeve Length- 1.5"
F- Neckline Diameter- 9"

My modifications:
I used US size 5 and 6 Needles.
I worked the Lace chart rounds 1-32 only once.
I worked the body for 12" before starting the ribbing.

We can't wait to see your Coleman version!