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…


A food I think is super gross is…


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?


Mountains or Beach?


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!

Hitting the Road with QCY

Jun 23, 2022 Anne Smith

QCY is on our way to Rochester MN for the Zombie Knitpocolypse retreat and wanted you to be able to follow along with a little road trip diary. Janis and Brian are traveling through six states, around 1,000 miles to bring the yarn to you!!

If you know Janis, then you know there will be lots of coffee stops along the way. I like to joke that she has a built in Starbucks radar. 

Brian on the other hand is fueled by sugar. Can't take a road trip without the road trip snacks!

On their first day of travel they encountered a Buc-ee's gas station which is apparently the largest gas station on the planet. It has over 120 pumps, restaurants, stores and was basically a city unto itself.

They stopped for the day in Illinois after getting an extra hour of daylight thanks to the summer solstice and changing of time zones. Janis says Illinois was home to lots of lightening bugs as you can tell from her windshield! 

She even got some knitting done while Brian was driving, saying it took her less than 350 miles to start and finish this French Toasty hat, that she made in our It's Fall Y'all colorway.

After a long, long day of driving it was time to hit the hay! But you can't leave all the yarn goodies in the van, so Janis and Brian had to do some unloading before they could settle down for the night.

We're so glad y'all got to see what life is like on the road for our "traveling yarn carnie"! Until next time!

Behind the Scenes: Designing a New Colorway (ZK Edition)

Jun 23, 2022 Anne Smith

One of the things we are most often asked is "how do you come up with all of these colors?" Well today I'm going to give you a little peak behind the curtain of designing a new color! 

Generally, we only design new colors for holidays or special events since we're so busy cranking out all of your favorite QCY colors. Today I'm going to dive into a new color we made for our next in person event, the Zombie Knitpocolypse Retreat aka ZK. ZK chooses a theme for every retreat so their theme gives us a starting point to find our color inspiration. This years theme was The Fair, and one of the teams retreat attendees are assigned to is called Rides or Die. So, we knew we needed a roller coaster inspired colorway. 

From there we head to the internet for photos that contain color combos that speak to us and to the theme. I like to use Pinterest or Unsplash to find photos but really inspiration lurks everywhere!

Once we decided on a picture, we take a good hard look at it to determine what colors we want to include, and decide on a dye style that goes with the inspiration but also works with all the colors we want to include. Then we give it a temporary name (Rides or Dye) and write a recipe for version one, because only occasionally do we get it right the first time.

Then its time to put dye on yarn and see where it takes us. This particular color didn't come out exactly as we wanted it the first time. We decided the blue was darker than we wanted and too much of a true blue color compared to the photo.

So we tweaked the dyes and dye style and came up with version two, which had the right aqua blue we were looking for, but the neon pink we needed was showing up way too red, so we tried again for version three just changing up the pink dyes and leaving the rest the same.

And ta-da Rides or Dye Version 3.0 was just the ticket. Next it was time for complementary colors for kits and an official name. Along with a yearly theme, ZK also has theme colors which were a bright red and medium blue for this year. So, Janis chose the coordinating colors for both teams that matched our new color as well as the retreat theme in shades of blue and red/pink. Christen is the master of coming up with punny yarn names and she didn't let us down by naming our new colorway Emotional Roller Coaster

So that in a nutshell is how we get from an idea to a new yarn color. We hope y'all like our newest color, as well as the quick look at how we do what we do!