About Me

I’m not sure how you either accidentally or maybe purposely ended up at Nikki, In Stitches, but regardless, I am so happy to see you here!  This is my first blog, first ever attempt at branching out of my own little craft world, and if anyone has found me already…WOW!  I have been making crafts and coming up with creative ideas for myself and others for a lifetime, but really just in the last few years have come into my own and found a style that works for me and apparently others, too.  You name it, I have probably tried it, but my best work comes out of, but is not limited to, the quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and paper arts categories (not necessarily in that order).

What is the inspiration behind Nikki, In Stitches?  I enjoy putting fresh twists on traditional crafts.  I am most comfortable behind the wheel of a sewing machine.  I’d like to think that I have the skill of someone who’s been sewing / crafting for years, and the style of the hip, young girl I am!  I’d like to not only share some of my skills, but also learn from other crafters who share a similar passion to mine of creating, shall we say, “contemporary crafts.”  When searching online for inspiration, I often find multiple sites with potholders, tea cozies, and toilet paper roll covers.  While I do appreciate all crafters and their desired mediums, that’s just not my style.  I’d like this blog to stand out from others, not because I’m not interested in traditional style crafts, but because I’m excited to see where my traditional sewing machine can take me.

My hope is that this blog will turn into a forum where people get advice when they are delving into a new medium, where we offer suggestions, tips and warnings, where we retell horror stories of craft adventures gone wrong, where we can have show-and-tell and get honest, constructive feedback (both positive and negative), and who knows where we go from there?  I’d like to put in my two cents here and there, but sometimes just connect you to the resources you’re looking for.  When you try something new, I’ll do it, too, and we’ll both learn something along the way.  When I’m not taking the lead for my posts from your suggestions or questions, I’ll throw my own ideas out there.  I’ll put up some of my projects for inspiration, and, hopefully, you’ll do the same.

I hope this already has some of you thinking of projects to share or suggestions for posts.  I sincerely hope I can take my knowledge of crafting and my passion for teaching, and inspire and motivate people to try new things, sharpen their skills, and, along the way, make great friends.

I look forward to hearing from all of you, thanks for stopping by, and I can’t wait to see you back here soon!

Nikki, In Stitches

Added Later:

Here’s a little sneak peek at what life is like balancing my blog, my kids, my house…etc.  And no, I don’t make it a habit of auditioning for reality shows!  (But to be honest, it was really fun!)

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15 Responses to About Me

  1. Stacey says:

    Why are you so cute!?! I love the blog…you never stop impressing me with your endless talents – congratulations on this next adventure!

  2. Susan Hyde says:

    I bought yarn to make your gorgeous pattern for the hooded scarf. On the scarf pattern, row 15 has 47 stitches, but row 16 only has 45 stitches. Help!!!!What are the correct instructions from row 16??

    • nikkiinstitches says:

      Susan,
      I am so sorry. I knew there was bound to be a mistake in there somewhere! I reviewed it a gazillion times, and I do apologize, but thank you so much for finding that error and letting me know about it. Row 16 should start K3, 3/3LPC, P3, 1/1LPC,… I have fixed it in the post and will put a note up, too. Thank you again for finding it, and thank you for visiting my blog! I hope you love your scarf as much as I love mine! I’d love to see pics!
      Nikki

  3. Jennifer says:

    Great Picture
    Love
    Mom

  4. danielle says:

    Please cintact me as sooon as possible. I have been going crazy looking for something just lik this. My sister had one as a baby that she couldnt let go of, and now she is having her first child next month. I owuld lov to get this one for her. Please let me know if you would possibly make one for me to purchase. I do not sew or knit, so i would like to purchase a finished blanket. please contact me. thanks

  5. Chad C says:

    Nikki,

    Great picture, and I love your site, it looks very professional.

    Chad

  6. sefie says:

    I just wanted to say hello
    it is my firsy visit and I liked your blog very much , good luck.

  7. Jessica Bizzarro says:

    Hi there Nikki,

    I love your hooded scarf, it is just beautiful! I have made dozens of afghans and zillions of scarves, etc and would consider myself an intermediate knitter but was wondering about how long it took you to make this scarf and the difficulty level. I have a two year old to chase after and am expecting identical twin girls in three months and have to make them blankies in the meantime. I was wondering as I mentioned the time frame it took and if it would be too long I would be interested in what colors you make the hooded scarf in and what you charge to make one & shipping cost, as I may never have time for a “me” project again 🙂 I’m a scarf fanatic too and this is possibly the most beautiful knitted scarf I have seen ( I think the pic of you wearing it sells it too!). I might rather purchase one now and attempt one down the road. You can respond to me via my email. Thanks!

    ~Jessica

  8. Aunt Nina says:

    Hey Nicks, I look at Annie’s picture on our refrigerator everyday, I was hoping to see some pictures on your website.

    I am so remiss in not getting a gift off for her. She is so adorable and we look forward to meeting her.

    When will you guys be coming down this summer. Please email me some pictures.

    Look forward to hearing from you. Your Grandpop B. would be proud of your gardening, as we are of you.

    Love
    Aunt Nina

  9. Amber says:

    Dear Nikki,

    I found your website (link) at scarfhttp://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/scarves.php whilst searching for a hooded scarf. I can’t wait to try it! Thanks so much! :c)

    ~Amber

  10. deb says:

    Found your site thru a friend @ Patterson… can anyone come on the 21st? thanks and much success

  11. Joan says:

    Hi Nikki! I found your blog while doing a search for Lisa’s quilt shop. Clover Hill Quilts. I know Lisa well and shop there. She’s wonderful! I enjoy your web site very much and can’t wait to exlpore it more.
    Sincerely, Joan

  12. Hi Nikki,

    I saw a comment that you left on Jon Morrow’s guest blogging site where you are having a redesign taking place behind the scenes. Let me know if you need any help with that. I can offer to install a premium theme from Studiopress (www.studiopress.com/themes) if that’s something that you’d be interested in. I can also help with transferring your content from WordPress.com to self-hosting. Let me know if you have any questions about this.

    Joseph

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