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Topic: Yo-Yo Woes (and woeful first pattern)  (Read 22596 times)
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« on: June 02, 2009 07:43:36 PM »

When I was ten years old, I had a secret crush on my classmate, Julie. This is our class photo from 1984:


There's Julie, in the pink dress. We never once traded a word.


Throughout forth grade, my mom dropped me off at school an hour early, before most kids arrived. I would wait outside my classroom, and that was where the following true story occurred.

That's me, in the checkered blue shirt:


That morning, I saw someone walking down the street, toward where I stood.



Julie!

Panicked, I had two options:



I ran and hid.


From behind a nearby hedge, I watched her take my place in front of our classroom.



I turned away, flush with self-defeat.


But when I looked back through the foliage, I saw something wonderful.



She was waving to me!

I leapt out from behind the bush and waved back happily.



But she wasn't waving. It only appeared that way.


She was playing with a yo-yo.


I sunk back behind the bush—not knowing if Julie saw me—and sat there until the school bell rang.

To commemorate this traumatic incident, I crocheted these two yo-yos:


They're weighted down with polyfill and embarrassment, which is why they don't bounce back like toy yo-yos.

Since forth grade, I've learned to accept that secret crushes are accompanied by fleeting highs and humiliating lows.

But I do wish I brought along a yo-yo that morning. I might have impressed her with my fancy tricks:



Yo yo, how ya like me now?


*****
To sustain the embarrassment, I wrote up my very first crochet pattern for the wonderfully supportive Craftster community. I used Crochet Today! magazines as reference, but I'm sure my pattern writing skills are very imperfect. Please feel free to point out how I could improve my instructions Smiley Thanks a bunch! Now, back to yo-yo practice...

YO-YO PATTERN

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- 3 feet of white string
- 1/8 inch-thick cardboard (strong enough to provide support but weak enough to push through tapestry needle)
- metal thimble

YO-YO HALVES
face
(make 2)
Make an adjustable ring.
Round 1 Work 3 sc in ring—6 sc.
Round 2 2 sc in each sc around—12 sc.
Round 3 [2sc in next sc, sc in next sc] 6 times—18sc.
Round 4 [2sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc] 6 times—24 sc.
Round 5 [2sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc] 6 times—30 sc.
Round 6 [2sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc] 6 times—36 sc.
Round 7 [2sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc] 6 times—42 sc.   
Round 8-9 Sc in each sc around. Fasten off.

base (make 2)
Make an adjustable ring.
Round 1 Work 3 sc in ring—6 sc.
Round 2 2 sc in each sc around—12 sc.
Round 3 [2sc in next sc, sc in next sc] 6 times—18sc.
Round 4 [2sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc] 6 times—24 sc.
Round 5 [2sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc] 6 times—30 sc.
Round 6 [2sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc] 6 times—36 sc.
Round 7 [2sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc] 6 times—42 sc. Fasten off.

center spacer
Make an adjustable ring.
Round 1 Work 3 sc in ring—6 sc.
Round 2 2 sc in each sc around—12 sc.
Round 3-4 Sc in each sc around—12 sc. Fasten off.

finishing
Place one yo-yo base onto the cardboard and trace two circles.  With scissors, cut out both circles. Repeat the tracing process using the yo-yo spacer, cutting out a coin-sized smaller circle.

With a tapestry needle, begin weaving the yo-yo base to the last row of the yo-yo face. Before completing the join, insert larger cardboard circle and polyfill stuffing.  Repeat weaving/stuffing process for second yo-yo half.

With a tapestry needle, stitch the center spacer to the center of a yo-yo base without puncturing the cardboard backing.  Place smaller cardboard circle within the spacer's circular gap before weaving the opposite end of the spacer to the base of the second yo-yo half.

The following steps push the two yo-yo halves closer together. You may want to use a metal thimble:
With a 2 foot long length of yarn, push the tapestry needle through the yo-yo base (puncturing the cardboard) and out the center face of a yo-yo half. Bring the needle through a center stitch before pushing the needle back through to the spacer, then through the cardboard to the center face of the second yo-yo half. Bring the needle through a center stitch, then push the needle back through to the center spacer. Pull tight and fasten off.

Thread a tapestry needle with white string, then tie a string knot to the yo-yo's center spacer. Wrap remaining string around center spacer. Tie a finger-sized loop around opposite end of white string.

Go Yo-Yo! Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2009 07:52:15 PM »

I love them and the back story!
My favorite part was "there weighed down with polyfill and embarrassment."
Awesome!
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Did you do the cartoon drawings yourself?
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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2009 07:55:18 PM »

These are great!!!  I especially love the story that goes with them AND the fact that you are continuously wearing a plaid shirt!  That is awesome!
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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2009 07:55:44 PM »

Wow!  That's such a universal story, and such a great way of telling it!  Happy ending too, what with the yo-yo-ing and all!    Great job on all fronts!

"weighted down with polyfill and embarrasment"... I'll be working that into a sentence soon I'm sure.
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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2009 07:59:25 PM »

What wonderful work! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2009 08:02:56 PM »

Your yo-yo is awesome, but your story and pictures are SUPERB!  Love it!
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« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2009 08:35:35 PM »

I betcha Julie had a major crush on you too  ; ) Great yoyos and great story though a little sad I enjoyed it alot.
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« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2009 08:36:00 PM »

Ok, that whole thing was so worth reading. Very funny. I haven't read through your pattern yet because I'm being mauled by toddlers and can't concentrate. But I figure, if you made two of those little embarrassment-filled yo-yos it must work ok!
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« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2009 08:44:59 PM »

OMG, how cute is that. Awesome story, pics, and yoyo's. I will be trying out the pattern asap.
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« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2009 08:54:26 PM »

That is such a cute story, and the yo yos make it Smiley Thanks for sharing Smiley
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