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 here.for.it! 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
TurtleMade
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.)

August 22, 2018

Treat your yarn better!

Box style bags are one of the most popular project bag styles out there currently. All of these bags close with a zipper and keep your items snug inside, right? But what happens when you go to knit your project? You either have to leave the bag completely open, allowing your yarn the opportunity to hop out and go sightseeing, or you zip it almost completely closed and risk your fabulous indie dyed yarn snagging on the zipper and damaging its integrity.

Why do we accept this? There’s a better way!

in 2013, a friend told me she loved box shaped bags but HATED the zippers. So, I set out to create an alternative for her. The solution was so simple, but no one was doing it. *Why not use snaps?”

The Kellie bag is a result of that interaction. These started out with the snap tape used in most home sewing projects, but have evolved to use sturdy plastic snaps that are easy on the hands but won’t pop open on their own. Kellie bags seemed to be the perfect answer — the snaps don’t snag or catch your yarn the way a zipper does. The snaps also operate as built-in yarn guides, so you can set your colorwork project up in the bag and be good to go! I used to struggle with my colorwork twisting horribly every few rows, although that might be due more to my technique than anything else, but using these bags as yarn guides allows me to keep my yarn separate and more easily see when it’s starting to get overly twisted in a single direction.

And these aren’t just for small projects! The large size holds approximately six skeins of worsted weight yarn. Recently an entire adult sweater was completed from a large bag — the sweater in progress and all the yarn for that project stored in it the whole time. No more searching for that one last skein you swear you had to finish your project — they are all right there in your bag!

Your yarn deserves better than zippers. You deserve happy yarn.

July 20, 2018

Tired of Crumpled, Dirty Paper Patterns?

I am a tactile person. I love knitting, because I love the feel of the yarn in my hands. In fact, even though I have an e-reader, I rarely use it, because for me, nothing compares to holding a book in my hand, and being able to tangibly see the progress I’m making through the storyline or lessons.

Which means I’m stuck in the aughts, where people still print patterns on paper and put them in a project bag while they are working on the item.

I’m also insanely forgetful and clumsy, which means by the end of a project, I have printed the pattern 12 times, spilled coffee or water on seven of them, and the remaining five are so worn at the folds that important steps like “AT THE SAME TIME” are no longer legible, leading to lopsided cardigans.

ENTER THE PATTERN POCKET.

The Pattern Pocket is great for knitters like myself, who still enjoy having that physical paper with them while they knit. Pattern Pockets are designed for storing and viewing your in-progress knitting patterns. The clear vinyl pocket holds 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.

People: YOU WON’T RUIN IT BY SPILLING COFFEE. It keeps your pages nice and tidy so you never miss those all-important steps ever again. And an added bonus: Having a pattern pocket means it is a LOT harder to misplace your pattern. (Not impossible, just… harder).

The clear vinyl window allows you to use highlighter tape or wet erase markers to mark up and follow your pattern.

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 take care of your project; why not take care of your patterns, too?

April 19, 2016

Stylish Storage for your Projects

Welcome to Rock Solid Designs! I’m Stephanie – owner, designer, seamstress, and busy mom of two. Rock Solid Designs was started three years ago as a small hobby, making project bags for friends who didn’t know or care to know how to sew. Soon others started asking for bags, and a business was born! I love taking the time to choose new and exciting prints for my products, and have so much fun thinking up new and creative fabric combinations that I think will appeal to knitters, crocheters, and crafters everywhere.

I taught myself to knit my freshman year of college, when I was literally trying to find anything to do besides my homework. It quickly developed into an obsession, and I ran out of ways to store my yarn and projects. Ziploc bags worked ok, but after a while developed holes or ripped, and honestly… how pretty is a Ziploc, anyway? Enter the project bag!

The one item about my bags that excites me the most is the unique snap closure on the box bags. This closure allows you to work on your project with the bag closed, without the risk of fraying or snagging your yarn. The intervals of the snaps also allow you to use the closure as a built-in colorwork guide, keeping your yarn nice and tidy while knitting!

I’m always adding new inventory and products, so please check out the shop for updates, and regular news on events I will be at.