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What kind of personality do stitchers have?


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maryjanemanolos
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8:33 pm Aug 25, 2008

Well, I think the theme here is "we don't like to be pigeon-holed!" I am 23, and have been stitching since I was about 7, taught by all of my grandmothers (I had several- lots of divorce and adoption in my family). I am a Christian, a bibliophile...let's see...I hate suburbia, but I can't decide between the city or the country, I have a history degree...not really into details. I love stitching because it gives me something to do when I'm not doing anything else. I don't ever really SIT DOWN to stitch, even large SQ pieces. They travel with me, and I work in doctor's offices, in the car (when I'm a passenger) and things like that.

PS. In reference to the audio book conversation- have you all tried Librivox.org? It's all free recordings of books that are in the public domain (code for old books) that you can download. I just finished Jane Eyre. It's pretty nifty!
Alanna
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9:44 pm Aug 25, 2008

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Originally posted by maryjanemanolos
PS. In reference to the audio book conversation- have you all tried Librivox.org? It's all free recordings of books that are in the public domain (code for old books) that you can download. I just finished Jane Eyre. It's pretty nifty!


Well I thought that sounded pretty cool so I went and checked it out, there's quite a lot of variety there, the only thing that puts me off is the size of the files- 20-30 M per chapter! Still, I suppose if you've got unlimited download time and space on your computer...
Thanks for the link, MJM! Cool
rifestitch
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8:47 am Aug 26, 2008

I tried to listen to Anna Karenina, which was read by... an Englishwoman thatI cannot now recall. Now, the English very definitely pronounce Russian names much differently than us aMuricans do, so right off the bat, I was distracted from the story by trying to figure out what she was actually reading - trying to see the word itself, and then trying to pronounce it the way I would in my head, by which time we're on a whole other page. GRRRRR! Back to the library that went - and it was on like 16 CDs, btw - so books on CD are available, Alanna! Though my library definitely has a LOT more on tape, and I don't know if we even have a tape player anymore....

Since I blow at languages - other than pig latin, at which I am very rusty - Spanish is the only pronunciation I have ever learned outside English, so as I was growing up and reading lots of scifi, all those made-up words, in my head at least, had Spanish accents where possible. Imagine my surprise when that Dune movie was made, and I actually heard how "Atreides" was supposed to be pronounced!

Oryx & Crake was a very good story - actually, it's one that has kind of left some ghosts for me, for some reason; every now and then, something I see or hear or do reminds me very sharply of that story... That, and it's vaguely reminiscent of a story that's been floating around in my head for years.
Alanna
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6:00 pm Aug 26, 2008

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I tried to listen to Anna Karenina, which was read by... an Englishwoman thatI cannot now recall. Now, the English very definitely pronounce Russian names much differently than us aMuricans do...


Well I can help you out with that one, Rife, because I speak Russian. In 4-syllable words (such as Karenina), the 2nd syllable is stressed, so it should read ka-RE-ni-na. This is the female form of the surname by the way, her husband's last name is Karenin, and I hate those English translations that make Anna's last name the same as her husband's because Anna Karenin just sounds WRONG WRONG WRONG. Wink

As per accents, I guess we're pretty lucky here in Oz that way, because we're exposed to a lot of other stuff than our own accent. I think it's a lot easier for an Australian to imitate a British or American accent than the other way around. We're usually pretty good with Irish, Scottish and New Zealand accents as well. It's hard for us to hear the difference between some Canadian and American accents, just as it's often difficult for foreigners to distinguish between Australian and New Zealand accents. Also, unlike America and the UK, we only really have two versions of our accent: city/educated and country/broad across the whole country, so whether you're north, south, east or west, if you can understand one fella then you can understand the next.
rifestitch
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7:23 pm Aug 26, 2008

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Originally posted by rifestitch
I tried to listen to Anna Karenina, which was read by... an Englishwoman thatI cannot now recall. Now, the English very definitely pronounce Russian names much differently than us aMuricans do...


Well I can help you out with that one, Rife, because I speak Russian. In 4-syllable words (such as Karenina), the 2nd syllable is stressed, so it should read ka-RE-ni-na.

Well, that's how I say it, too - so I think my Russian accents are not too far off. That and Japanese, which is pretty much phonetic from an English perspective - to actually try to speak any Asian language with all the nuances - no way I'd even try...

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As per accents, I guess we're pretty lucky here in Oz that way, because we're exposed to a lot of other stuff than our own accent. I think it's a lot easier for an Australian to imitate a British or American accent than the other way around. We're usually pretty good with Irish, Scottish and New Zealand accents as well. It's hard for us to hear the difference between some Canadian and American accents, just as it's often difficult for foreigners to distinguish between Australian and New Zealand accents. Also, unlike America and the UK, we only really have two versions of our accent: city/educated and country/broad across the whole country, so whether you're north, south, east or west, if you can understand one fella then you can understand the next.


Heck, I can drive to downtown Atlanta and not be able to understand anyone there, born & raised in the inner city Smile And when I'm around anyone from New England, it takes me a few minutes to get my ears wrapped around it - then I chuckle at the missing "R"s - going to the bah in my cah Smile But my best friend in HS has always kidded me about my accent - I grew up one county over from her, in a more country setting, and it is very distinctly different from hers. But I sound EXACTLY like both my sisters, even our voices are identical, so it's okay Smile
Cecilia
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4:05 am Aug 27, 2008

WOW! You all are so incredibly interesting. What a great group of stitchers. It would be great to meet up, I'm sure we'd get along famously!

As many of you have gone into great detail about your characteristics, I'll add a bit more about my life....

As I said before, I'm a detail person and though I do stitching, I also have done scaled model boats in wood. I can lose myself for hours working on things with my hands. My next challenge is to learn to do some Japanese silk embroidery. I'll be taking a course in December.

For me, any time of the day or night is perfect for stitching. As a result, the ironing, the house cleaning etc. unfortunately take a back seat! I really don't understand how one can stitch, take care of kids, do dinner and clean. So, something has to give....which is house cleaning. Luckily, my husband gets fed up and goes into cleaning frenzy's!!

In a previous life I was a psychologist, a brain researcher and now I manage European research contracts. I speak 4 languages, with French as the most newly acquired one!

I also like books on tape but mostly listen to either motivational tapes or stuff on astrophysics or quantum mechanics (if I can find them).

By the way, I've passed the 5000 stitch threshold on my piece Beeches and am still in the dark zone - can't wait to get into color!!

Cheers,

Cecilia
Alanna
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5:13 am Aug 27, 2008

Wow, 5000 stitches, that's brilliant! Don't worry, you'll make it into colour soon enough.

So now I'm trying to guess your native language going off your syntax, and I think I'm going to guess one of the Scandanavian languages, or Dutch perhaps... anywhere close?

Yes, wouldn't it be fun to organise an international SQ get together? That would be a blast! Location? Would have to be one of the little islands in the Pacific I think... maybe Kiritimati... it's about half way between Oceania and the Americas. Any takers? Very Happy
Cecilia
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6:09 am Aug 27, 2008

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Wow, 5000 stitches, that's brilliant! Don't worry, you'll make it into colour soon enough.

So now I'm trying to guess your native language going off your syntax, and I think I'm going to guess one of the Scandanavian languages, or Dutch perhaps... anywhere close?

Yes, wouldn't it be fun to organise an international SQ get together? That would be a blast! Location? Would have to be one of the little islands in the Pacific I think... maybe Kiritimati... it's about half way between Oceania and the Americas. Any takers? Very Happy


Gosh Alanna, your amazing. My mother tongue is Norwegian! I love your idea of getting together- a Pacific island sounds great - good light, space and an ocean to swim in to take out the kinks of sitting too long!

Cheers,

Cecilia
ChalicedHearts
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6:29 am Aug 27, 2008

Well I guess i will have to join in on this discussion considering I am learning so Much about everyone else. Well about me...hmmm..well i am a guy and i love to cross stitch...welll that pretty much sums it up right there...lol... i to like to listen to audio books when i am cross stitching...but i dont use tapes or cd's i have an ipod that i just download audio books from itunes and put on my ipod and listen to them that way. i know some people find it hard to listen to someone while stitching but i really get immersed in the story when i am listening to the book while stitching...i actually like it a lot better than watching tv...ohhhh i just remebered i forgot to tell everybody i got second place at the Curry County Fair for one of my Cross Stitch Projects That I have done....WHOOO HOOO...My fisrt actual award for Cross stitching...it wasnt a SQ but that will be next year...I will have to take a picture and post it for you all...As far as my SQ pattern is coming along slow and steady..i was going to do the accolade first but then decided to do the xmas greetings one intead...(start out on a semi small one) I will have to post some pics from that one also...(OUR digital camera is not working and need to get a new one..when wife finds one she likes.. Wink ) I need to start getting on here more and answering posts and such...finding time though is the key..cant take away from my stitching time now can we....oh well i will definitely try harder. Bye..Gary
Alanna
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6:40 am Aug 27, 2008

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