Wow, it has been a long time since I’ve posted to the blog here. Sorry everyone! There has been so much going on lately (of course, that seems to just be life in general.) This has been such a crazy year here at Rock Solid Designs Headquarters! We participated in our first ever VogueLive! Knitting event out in Chicago – what a great experience! It was so much fun meeting new people and visiting the Windy City. Chicago is always at the top of my list of places to visit, and it did not disappoint, at least the little bit of it I actually saw this trip. (Check out the fancy elevator in my hotel, though. GOLD PLATED, GUYS)
A lot of time lately has been taken up by our shift to wholesale – we want to make sure our innovative and original designs are available to as many knitters and crocheters as possible, and it seems the best way to do this is to make your LYS aware of us! If you think your neighborhood shop would be interested in opening a wholesale account, send them our way! We’ve got a great online wholesale portal for them to order through, plus we are busy expanding product lines and fabric options for everything in our shop.
This weekend is the Central PA Fiber Festival – this is one of the smallest events we do, but it’s so nice to have one close to home. The kiddos are able to come hang out and meet people for a bit, then head home for naps when they get cranky. 😉
There’s also a big surprise coming this fall – we’re busy working on a partnership with a dyer to bring a *limited edition* bag and yarn combo to Knitters’ Day Out in Harrisburg! I’m so excited that I can barely contain it – you all are going to LOVE the theme!
See you all at the next event!
This won’t be a long post, just wanted to drop in and announce that Spencer Hill is all set up at the Central New York Fiber Festival! I wasn’t able to be there in person this year, due to a certain little bundle of joy that just arrived, but I sent some inventory along with her to carry in her booth. So if you had plans to check out the festival this weekend, stop in and tell Barb hi, and that I sent you! And while you’re there, you should buy her Romney. All of it. Because if you don’t, I will and that’s just dangerous.
It has been a while since the blog portion has been updated, but I plan to make this a bit more regular, to keep everyone informed on new products, events, sales, etc.
This past March I released a new product – introducing the Pattern Pocket!
If many of you are like me (and I suspect you are), you print off a pattern, fold it up, and throw it in your project bag/purse/ziploc bag/what have you, and after time it starts to get really ratty looking…like, really, awfully ratty. That’s if you don’t accidentally misplace it first! The pattern pocket helps to mitigate these issues. The sleeve is designed to hold multiple sheets regular size pages (8.5″ x 11″), and has a clear vinyl cover to keep them from getting messy, dirty, etc while in use. The vinyl is also able to be marked up by a wet-erase marker, allowing you to mark where you are in the pattern without permanently altering it. The pocket then folder up into a cute looking sleeve and shaps shut, enabling you to throw the whole thing into your bag when you are ready to go!
These were so popular at For the Love of Fiber that they sold out! Because of that, restocking is going a bit slowly, but new prints will be added weekly of these to the shop, but you can find the current inventory here.
Check out the demo video for the new Pattern Pocket!
Posted by Rock Solid Designs on Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Ok, so I have a bit of a learning curve with this website format. Who knew I could set it up to have a blog section?! Not me!
While I will still have my personal blog, I do want to start putting my less personal posts over here, with the shop. One stop shopping for everyone!
So, what to write about on the inaugural blog post? How about my first trunk show this past weekend? Sounds good!
Little Owls Knit Shop in Camp Hill, Pa graciously let me use their front patio to host a trunk show on Saturday. Currently, the shop only carries my small bag line, so I used this as an opportunity to showcase the full range of bags- small, medium and large, plus drawstring. I also introduced the brand new lines of DPN holders, Needle Rolls, and Notion Pouches. (Yes, these are all important enough to be capitalized. Because I say so.)
Check out this adorable set-up!
2015 has been an exciting year! This past May, Rock Solid Designs participated in the 3rd annual Central PA Fiber Festival, located at the Lycoming County fairgrounds. It was so great to see new faces, and check out vendors I’ve never heard of. We can’t wait to go back in 2016!
Summer has been a busy time for RSD personally. Our family moved states, and were living in a weird limbo for a while. Because of this, not much progress was made in terms of inventory or sales. However now that we are in our home and settled down, business is back with a vengeance! Everything that has happened in the past month is in preperations for Knitters’ Day Out, in Harrisburg Pennsylvania. This will be our debut as a vendor at this event, and we are once again splitting our booth with Spencer Hill Dyeing. We will have new bags, new fabrics, and new patterns available, so if you plan on attending the event, please stop by our booth and check us out!
And some lovely photos of CPFF 2015: