Ask Nikki

As I’ve mentioned before, I was a high school math teacher in a past life….years before my current full-time stay-at-home-mom job.  People ask me if I miss teaching, and it’s always difficult for me to answer that question.  My reply is always long and winding, so I’ll try to get more to the point here.  I don’t miss all the politics and drama that unfortunately surround the education system and always finds a way of creeping into the classroom.  I do, however, miss the actual “teaching” and interaction with my students.  All in all, it’s just a little part of me though.  My days with my babies are priceless, and the chances of me ever leading a classroom full of high schoolers again is slim to none.

I think that little part of me that misses the classroom though, finds the most delight in my blog.  I love the interaction with my readers, and more specifically, I love when I get the chance to help one of you.  A lot of the help I give goes on behind the scenes.  One of you will email, or leave a comment which I’ll reply to, and we have a one-on-one conversation.  It’s truly one of my favorite parts of blogging.  I love receiving that final email that says, “Nikki, I got it!  Thank you!”

Going forward, I’d like to occasionally share this process with all of you.  Below you’ll find my video response to a reader with a question about the “wrap 4” stitch that I use in my knit hooded scarf pattern.  We emailed a few times back and forth, but she was still missing something, so last week I sat down for a few minutes, recorded a quick video, sent it to her, and she’s got it.  I want to encourage all of you to “Ask Nikki.”  Whether you have a question about one of my projects, or you’re struggling with a pattern or project of your own.  I’d love to help, and I’d love to open the blog up as a forum so that we can all offer suggestions.

I’ll throw the first call for help out there:

I have a confession to make.  I’ve been saving wine corks for years now.  I’m talking almost nine years now.  I know there is something out there I can do with them, but I have not yet found it.  I look around every now and then, but I can’t find a project for them that I love, and my collection is starting to grow too large.  I’ve got to do something with all of them soon, or my husband is going to throw them all away!  I’m not so sure he hasn’t been sneaking a few into the garbage can every now and then already!  Any suggestions?  Feel free to leave them in the comments below!

I’m so excited to kick this off!  I can’t wait to get your questions, offer my suggestions, post quick videos to help, whatever it takes!

Enjoy,

Nikki, In Stitches

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4 Responses to Ask Nikki

  1. Annmaree says:

    thats awesome!

    hmm corks huh, well thats unique, well I just did a quick google search on “wine cork craft” and a lot comes up.

    trivets, messageboards, christmas wreaths! Some people are creative enough to make lil animals out of them.

    Good Luck!

    • Nikki, In Stitches says:

      Annmaree,
      Love all of your suggestions, but of course, my eyes instantly spotted the phrase “Christmas wreath” and looked no further. (I’ve been brainstorming ideas for my Christmas in July post.) I’m heading out to the craft store tomorrow to get some supplies!!
      Thank you!!

  2. I, too, have been collecting wine corks for years! I saw a shadow box filled with corks in a basket weave pattern and wanted to create my own. Never made it.

    So far I haven’t seen many cork projects that appeal to me.

    Looking forward to seeing what you do with yours.

    • Nikki, In Stitches says:

      Yeah! I’m not the only one! I like the idea of a shadow box…I’m thinking what else could I put in there with the corks?? Oh, my wheels are turning!
      By the way, LOVE the color of that Pima yarn. Can’t wait to see your finished tank!

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