I'm Angela. Nice to make your acquaintance. I live in Missouri, just south of Kansas City. (If you don't know where that is, just look at a map of the States and stick your finger roughly in the middle. Now, move your finger half an inch eastward... Bingo!) It's just me and my mother, so I live a pretty quiet life.
I taught myself to cross stitch when I was about 10. I was a stitchin' fool throughout high school, but didn't do much through college or thereafter for a while. I think I got tired of all the boring, childish designs. At the time, I only had access to kits and a few patterns at big stores like Hobby Lobby and Michaels. Then I got the internet, and found Mystic Stitch, HAED, Golden Kite, and a few others, and my stitching bug came back.
I started my first BAP in 2008, and soon became addicted to working large designs. It's one of the sillier addictions I have, as I work full time and have very limited stitching time, but I've never really made sense to anyone but myself. Since then, I have become an unrepentant chart collector, a very guilty serial starter, and now a blogger (though in that area, I've not a clue what I'm doing...).
So what is an IMP Stitcher, you ask? Well, that's easy. IMPs (short for Insanely Massive Projects) are any cross stitch project containing 500,000 -- that's half a million -- stitches or more. I came up with the acronym after I purchased, then started, The Favorite Bird from Golden Kite. The pattern is 220 pages, 700,150 stitches. Stitching at a realistic pace (for me) and completing one page a month, it would take me over 18 years to finish it. Putting in it in those terms, I thought, I must be insane to take on such a massive project! Then I started it anyway. :)
Along with cross stitch, I also crochet and quilt, and have delusions of knitting on occasion. I love art, and occasionally take community classes in drawing and painting when I can spare the time. I don't watch much tv, though when I do, it's either cartoons or immature comedies (Monty Python is one of my favs) or documentaries. I am fascinated with astronomy and ancient history, particularly concerning Persia and Rome. And I have a terrible weakness for reading romance novels set in Regency England.
So, I've probably told you more than you wanted to know. I also have a tendency to ramble. Feel free to leave comments or questions. I'm completely new to the blogging world, but I am learning, slowly. :)
Thanks for reading! May your day be filled with sunshine and stitching!