March 24, 2021

Maria G Knits – Patterns and Bags

  • A pink bag with gold flowers.

I am Maria G Knits and I live in the north of Portugal.

I learned to knit in the Portuguese style (with the yarn around the neck) when I was 6 years old with my mum and my grandma. Since that time I had never stopped.  To me, knitting is like breathing and knitting is my superpower!

I define my knitwear designs as casual, comfy but always with some detail of interest. My bags are made with crafters in mind. My Walk Me Bag is the perfect bag for the crafters and non-crafters alike!

March 17, 2021

Spring bag shop update

  • A purple, pink and yellow floral tote bag.

Hi there,
I am happy to announce that my next shop update will be on March 27th at 8pm EDT.

This update will consist of mostly large drawstring bags (20!) and one or two other sizes. You will also notice that I brought back some of the designs from the previous update and of cause, new color combos and designs, think spring colors!

Why I like the large drawstring bag:
Opens wide and stands up
Waxed canvas bottom
Wide drawstring channel that will keep work secure
Shoulder length straps
Big enough fo a SWEATER quantity of yarn

Happy Spring!

March 16, 2021

New exclusive Across the Pond fade set

Hi, I’m Sophie, the dyer from Botanical Yarn, based in York, UK! I’ve created an aqua to lilac exclusive mini skein fade set especially for the Indie Untangled Across the Pond event this weekend. I’m a crazy plant lady, and at last count have 316 house plants, and I’m inspired by unusual plants and flowers to dye my colourways, hence some of my unusual names for my yarns!

I also love mini skeins and the possibilities that they can bring. The exclusive fade set that I’ve created comes with 10 minis, which can be used to make various projects, including shawls, hats and garments, or a blanket to keep you warm whilst crafting!

I will be live during Indie Across the Pond from 3 p.m. CET this Friday, Saturday and Sunday — make sure you’re registered, as you will also get a coupon code for 10% off purchases over £75 ! — and feel free to book a personal shopping appointment with me, as I would be very happy to help you pick colours for your next project! You can follow me on instagram here.

February 18, 2021

Time to Get Organized!

With two larger pockets for tools and three small ones to hold your needles, this tool case is perfect for keeping all your project’s tools neat and organized on the go! The needle pockets can hold double-pointed needles up to 6 inches long. There’s also a detachable metal loop to keep your stitch markers handy and ready for action.

These tool cases are individually handcrafted in collaboration with Aria & Barre. Because of their labor-intensive construction, this is a limited edition preorder. Preorders will open Friday, February 19 at 11 a.m. EST through Monday, February 22 or until they sell out.

February 15, 2021

NEW!!! Bucket Bags for Small Projects

My knitting bags tend to be on the larger size so you can carry everything you need (tools of the trade and personal items) and not feel cramped for space. But if you like to knit smaller projects and like smaller bags in which to carry them, then I have just the bag for you.

A friend of mine sent me an image of a cinch bag for knitters that I thought was too small and hard to use and not very attractive. I decided to come up with my own version using my lovely wool fabrics!

It’s a combination of a cinch bag and a bucket bag. It stands on its own and maintains its shape like a bucket bag but cinches at the top to keep everything enclosed. And inside pockets keep items organized!

At 8″ round and 10″ tall, they’re perfect for projects like socks, hats, mittens, cowls, etc. They just went up on my website so you may want to head on over and take a look!

February 12, 2021

Block printed project bag shop update

So happy to announce my first shop update of the year will be this Sunday, Feb 14th at 8 p.m. EST. The days are getting longer and the sun is getting stronger, so you can expect lots of really bright color combinations and bright Spring colors. Think pink and orange, mauve and purple, brown and teal, toffee and white and just a bit of gold. 🙂

For this update I tried focusing on making sets of bags for those who like sets but I sometimes got a bit distracted during the printing process tying different color combinations… So you might see one or two full sets or a set that consists of just three pieces etc. If there is enough interest I will be making more sets in the future!

Enjoy the changing of the season, I know Feb and March can be long months.

February 3, 2021

Introducing the Buffy Mystery Yarn Club!

  • A drawing of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer Mystery Yarn Club is finally here! I’ve been wanting to share my love of Buffy for a long time now, and what better time to kick it off than Jilly & Kiddles’ second birthday, right? This club will be centered around the slayers of the series: Buffy, Kendra, and Faith AND fiber. I can’t wait to show you what I’ve cooked up and how everything ties in together as we explore these iconic characters from one of my very favorite TV shows.

This will be a three month mystery yarn club, and shipping within the U.S. is included. Each month you’ll receive a skein of fingering weight yarn, a set of custom Buffy/Yarn-themed goodies by DKGraham, and some other fun extras I’ve been planning out for a while. If you’ve ordered one of my clubs before, you know I always strive to provide a great value, and this is no exception. Let’s have some fun merging two awesome things: our love of fiber and our favorite cult classic series! Orders open 2/4 and close on 2/22; after that they will no longer be available. There will be a limited number of club memberships available and orders will close early if they sell out.

Each of the three monthly club installments includes:

— 100-gram skein of an EXCLUSIVE Buffy-inspired colorway in Jilly & Kiddles fingering weight yarn (bases may vary each month)
— A different custom THEMED notions set each month by DKGraham
— TWO more surprise themed extras
— Shipping is INCLUDED within the U.S.
— Each monthly shipment will be valued OVER $50

If you are outside of the U.S. and would like to order, I’m happy to help with that! Please email me directly for an estimate of additional shipping costs prior to purchasing.

Shipping dates for the club:

1st Shipment: Buffy kit ships April 15th
2nd Shipment: Kendra kit ships May 15th
3rd Shipment: Faith kit ships June 15th

This club has been in the works for quite some time, and I’m so excited to share it with you! I’ve spent a long time finding all the perfect items to include in the shipments and I know you’re going to love it. Plus, Kirstan of DKGraham really knocked it out of the park with her custom-themed goodies, because she’s a huge fan of the show too! She REALLY knows how to incorporate yarny fun with pop culture and it wows me every time. We’re totally geeking out about it. You don’t want to miss out on this one. And if you aren’t familiar with the show, no worries — I share two places you can watch it on the product page in my shop. Take a peek now before you forget…

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.

January 8, 2021

Ship free January

  • A white bag with magenta sheep surrounded by bright green yarn.

To welcome the new 2021 making year I am offering free shipping on ALL bags through Jan 31. No limits.

I have lots of unique bags available in various sizes and designs. Notion bags, totes and needle pouches.

Use code: Shipfree2021 to access this offer.

Happy Knitting!