The Dragons of Arethia Series

The series is almost complete! Read Book 3 for free on Wattpad now.

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Sticks & Scribbles Press

Sticks & Scribbles began as the name of my blog, and has also become Sticks & Scribbles Press, the publishing company under which I publish my books and knitting patterns. To get to know me, Nikki Bollman, a little better, you can also follow my blog here on this site.

Fairy Stories

Fairy Stories is a collection of five short stories in settings inspired by my hometown of Duluth, MN. Follow along as the characters capture fairies in a jar, spice up their gardening with tiny dragons that like peppers, and try to rid themselves of a fairy infestation in a yarn shop.

Get the whole collection with Fairy Stories, or sample a couple of stories with Farmers’ Market Fairy and A Fairy Yarn.

Sticks & Scribbles Blog

I created my blog as a place to share my knitting projects. That’s where the “sticks” in Sticks & Scribbles comes from. They’re knitting needles! The blog still has a strong knitting focus, but I’ve also begun to chronicle some of my outdoors adventures, and of course I post writing updates from time to time.

Astrid’s not-so-baby blanket.

I’ve been working on this blanket for Astrid since early December and I’m not tired of knitting it. I’m 3/5 of the way done. I say 3/5 because I’ve got five skeins of the yarn and I’ve used three. I meant it to be a baby blanket, but...

The problem when you work for yourself…

The great thing about working for yourself is that you don’t have to answer to anybody else. The problem when you work for yourself, is that you don’t have to answer to anybody else. And you end up taking on other projects. When you’re supposed to be...

Sunnyside Baby Sweater for Astrid

I finished the Sunnyside baby sweater that I was knitting for Astrid, and boy am I glad I did! For a bit, I was afraid I wouldn’t finish it in time for her to wear it. She’s growing so fast! This is how it happened: I had one skein of sock yarn and plans...

Finished sweaters and an almost finished novel.

I am so close to finishing book two of Dragons of Arethia. So close. I know what the ending is going to be, but I’m still working on getting there. It keeps seeming like it’s closer than it is, and then more things have to happen to get the characters...

Crowdfund my Maternity Leave

**Update: This page has been edited to reflect the fact that I created an Indiegogo.com page for my fundraising campaign! I feel a little weird doing this. But I also think maybe, just maybe, it could work. I mean, this guy is crowdfunding a potato salad, and it’s...

Tiny baby socks! Awww!

Oops, I forgot to post yesterday! So I am posting a little something quick this morning. This is what I was going to post yesterday anyway. I am currently knitting two more pairs of these teensy-weensy baby socks. When I first started knitting the newborn sized ones,...

Spring cleaning, literally and mentally

Yesterday I spent a few good hours cleaning my desk and reorganizing things. I filled a whole paper grocery bag of papers to be recycled, and I filled up a file cabinet drawer of papers to save. I used the sticky roller to remove cat hair from skeins of yarn that the...

Baby shower gifts: Stackable Cats and Ella Funt sweater!

I meant to post about these projects a long time ago, but better late than never! A few weeks ago we attended a baby shower for two of our friends. The little guy will arrive in November. I got really excited to knit some baby stuff, and made him two gifts. It was...

Designing a shawl, and Etsy shop progress.

About a month ago, I got a flash of inspiration for this shawl. My LYS, Yarn Harbor, was having a customer trunk show of shawls, and as I admired the variety of shawls, my eyes also lit upon the Peace Fleece DK yarn. I didn’t have the money for the yarn at the...