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January 16, 2021

Closing Up Shop Sale

A knitting needle case filled with wooden needles.

This is the hardest post I’ve ever had to write on this page.

As with most other small businesses, 2020 was a time of change, uncertainty, and deep soul-searching. Through this, I realized that this business is AMAZING, and I love all of my fantastic customers, but it no longer works for me the way it is currently set up. Because of this, I have decided to close Rock Solid Designs. It’s possible that we will reopen in 2022, after revamping our manufacturing process and product line, but in the meantime, my family needs me to take a step back and focus fully on other pursuits.

You have all been so amazing — I have loved engaging with you through email, at festivals, on Facebook live videos, Instagram posts… all of it.

As a thank you, we will be having a closeout sale. Everything that is in stock is currently 40% off, which makes this a great time to grab your favorite project bags or pattern storage!

Thank you all again – this has been an amazing seven years, and I have met some FANTASTIC people throughout my adventures.

November 6, 2020

New Product Announcement!

  • A red yarn cake surrounded by a blue sleeve.
  • Red yarn in a sleeve with knitting dogs.

Hey Hey Everyone! As I have been spending more and more time at home with my kids, I’ve been itching to start creating new things and do more sewing myself.

I have had a few requests for something like this, so finally — introducing our yarn sleeves! I’m excited about these for a number of reasons:

1 – they are SUPER fun to sew. Seriously. Zigzag stitches are the best, and I get to play with my serger!
2 – I’ve decided to do more custom fabrics in general for my items, and so choosing fabrics has become such a super fun practice
3 – these work so well in conjunction with our project bags to keep your yarn separate, tidy, and unbarf-y!

To start out, we are launching with six different designs — a bee print to match the bags we have in stock, plus some new ones geared towards all of my sci-fi nerds, and some fun holiday ones.

These sleeves are 4″ tall, with a 9″ diameter. The sample photo here has 200yds of worst weight (cascade 220) in it – so these are perfect for yarn cakes of almost any size.

I hope you all enjoy these, because I am LOVING making them for you!

September 23, 2020

Pattern Pockets are Back!

  • Cases made with various fabrics.

New pattern pockets are back in stock! If you recently received a Grace bag, you’ll want to make sure you grab one of our matching Pattern Pockets to go along with it!

The Pattern Pocket is a handy tool for storing and viewing your in-progress knitting patterns. The clear vinyl pocket stores multiple sheets of paper easily, and enables you to read and follow your pattern without having to remove it. The unique design folds in half and fits in most bags for easy portability, and can be snapped in a reverse position, creating a built-in stand so that you don’t have to keep leaning over the table to read your pattern.

The clear vinyl window allows you to use highlighter tape or wet erase markers to mark up and follow your pattern, then wipe with a wet paper towel when you are ready to move on!

The Pattern Pocket is made from 100% cotton fabric, lined to provide stabilization, and closes with a heavy-duty snap.

Dimensions: Approximately 12″ x 9″ open. When folded it’s approximately 9″ x 6″, and 1″ thick. You can easily store at LEAST 12 pages in here (which is what I have done – I haven’t needed to try more yet)!

August 28, 2020

Is it Sweater Weather yet?! – Oh, and we restocked our Grace Bags

A blue bag with white alpacas wearing red knitwear.

The high today in Central PA is finally less than 80, and I am! Spring and Summer were such a mess…not just because of COVID, but I had some major personal challenges, including losing my job that I was insanely passionate about. And while some view fall as a sign that all things change — “and yet, change mocks us with her beauty” (Thanks, Olaf!) — I love the promise of change. That none of these challenges are forever.

Wearing sweaters and leg warmers and wool socks and shawls and hats is always a bonus, of course! I’ve already been mapping out all the projects I plan on starting, in the hopes that I might finish one or two this year!

Which is why it’s a good thing our Grace Bags are back in stock! These are hands down my favorite bags, especially because I can have a project in it, plus a pattern pocket, PLUS a small project in it’s own Kellie bag in there!

This bag has been my go-to purse all summer, too. It’s so lightweight, and the strap makes it convenient, no matter which way I want to carry it.

I would love for you to tag me on Instagram @rocksoliddesigns with your fall projects, and let me know which season is your favorite!

May 18, 2020

Keep all those new WIPs organized!

  • A green box bag with pictures of honey.

In some places, we are going on month three of social distancing/isolation/sitting at home. I don’t know about everyone else, but spring always causes my Startitis to go crazy anyway, and with having little else to do, well… there are a lot of new projects on my needles! :/

So to help with that, we’ve restocked the shop with project bags! There are cute wintery llamas and sweet honeybees that remind us of all the time we get to spend outdoors (distantly) right now, cheerful yellow poppies, and reminders of how much we miss traveling.

These bags are available in our Kellie style, in all three sizes, along with some other favorites! Keep all your new projects organized and tidy with its very own bag to hang out in, while you cast on yet another fun item.

February 7, 2020

It has pockets!

  • A blue bag with white alpaca wearing red scarves.

Have you ever wanted to take your knitting out while you run errands, but also wished your project bag looked slightly more “normal” (but not totally normal, because that’s no fun)? For a while now, I’ve wished that I had a bag that was like my box bags — tons of space, snap closure, and cute prints, but was also more stylish to take out to dinner or events. As much as I love my Large Kellie bags, they… look like a giant fabric block.

These Grace bags were my solution. They are 12″ tall, and 10″ wide when opened, making them just as spacious as the large kellie bag, but in a more classic style. PLUS! There are four pockets on the inside for extra needles, notions, wallets, lifesavers, etc.

The outside has a half pocket on one side with a clear outer layer. This pocket does close with a zipper, but it’s perfect for those things you don’t want to lose track of! I put my phone in there so I never have to dig for it anymore, plus my lip balm and pattern.

But wait — there’s more! The best part of this? It has a nylon adjustable shoulder strap, so you can customize it to fit your carrying needs. Cross body carry? Check. Shoulder carry? Check? Get rid of it because you don’t want a strap, you want to cradle it like a puppy? Check!

This first run of bags debuts with 10 different fabric options, and each option only had four produced, so these are limited prints until Summer of 2020.

October 28, 2019

Holiday Gift set preorders are open!

  • 8 Nights of Hanukkah Gift Set

One of my favorite things about the fiber industry is the openness to collaboration that I see everywhere. While I love my bags and products, I also want to make sure I help promote my fellow makers and creators as I grow. Welcome to the Holiday gift sets! While each set is guaranteed one of my snag-free bags, it also contains gifts from other makers such as:

Fairy Tale Yarn Co
One Sock Wonder bags
Me Time Botanicals

and more! We have a 12 Days of Christmas set (to help you either count down to Christmas, or celebrate starting Christmas Day) and a Hanukkah Gift set, with eight gifts to help celebrate the festival of light.

Preorders are up now, and packages will ship in late November/early December. There are only 25 gift sets though, so get your order in soon!

March 27, 2019

Stealthy Sloth is Stealthy

A bag with a blue sloth pattern.

If you attended Knitters’ Day Out last fall, you saw our limited collaboration with Fiberarrium that included an awesome sloth bag and coordinating dyed sock yarn. We loved those sloths! While we weren’t able to acquire any more of that fabric (apparently it’s crazy popular!) we WERE able to get this awesome print! I love how calm and almost floral this fabric looks, then all of a sudden you realize there is a sloth peeking out from one of the trees!

This Stealthy Sloth bag is the perfect combination of “grown-up” and fun, with the classic grey/pink/teal/white combination, and teeny little sloths scattered throughout. I don’t expect these guys to hang around for long though, so grab one today!

February 15, 2019

Start thinking Spring with these cheerful fabrics

The holidays were crazy, and if you live in the northern U.S., you’re probably getting hit with some back to back snow and chilly temperatures as these polar vortexes move through. Never fear! We have some awesome new bags that will bring a pop of spring into your life, and remind you that the cold and snow can’t last forever! We’re gearing up to really expand this year, and as part of that it’s our goal to bring as many unique and fun project bags into your life as possible. This first round was a limited production of each item, but have no fear! I plan to continue rolling these bags through the spring months. Grab one today and start day dreaming about warm days full of camping, wildlife, and bright colors all around.

Plus, don’t miss out on some awesome prices on clearance products. We’ve got a few select prints that we are retiring, available at a deep discount.

November 12, 2018

Limited Supply Overstock!

Did you see our awesome collaboration set with Fiberarrium at Knitters’ Day Out in Harrisburg? Afraid you missed out? Don’t you worry! We found a few extra sets hiding out in our inventory! The link will take you right to the item page, but hurry! We only had a couple of these left, and once they are gone, that’s it!

The bag is one of our Medium bags (10″ x 5ish”) and a skein of Fiberrarium Conservatory Sock 90/10 Merino/nylon blend, 400yd/100g skein.

(Note: the colors are much more vibrant in person. I’ve included a second image that is more true to colors.)