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.


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