The dice rolled number 6 this week, which is my “Yo Yo – just do it” project. It’s been a while since I looked in this bag. With a couple of spare afternoons this week, I decided to “just do it” and hopefully finish with these yo-yos once and for all.
A bag full of yo-yos
I’ve spent several sunny afternoons sitting outside under our shady arch-gola. Gemma has loved being outside with me – there are bugs to check out in the lawn, nice warm concrete to roll on, but she had better be careful of those bees buzzing around the lavender bush. I keep her on her harness and lead while she is outside – she is so active she would be up and over the fence in no time at all.
Checking out new surroundings
Inside my bag were all these different sized yo-yos I had stitched which were to become a snowman.
It took me a couple of afternoons to put the snowman together, much longer than I thought. And here it is, together with the reindeer I finished earlier in the year. The patterns used were Yuletide Yo-Yos from Indigo Junction.
And then there were these brown ones, which were to become a gingerbread man. I found this pattern in a Christmas magazine.
Overall, it took me hours and hours to stitch the hands and feet on, and to thread all the yo-yos together, and I have to say that I didn’t enjoy it one little bit. And worse than that, I didn’t like what I ended up with. Sadly, I feel rather like a young Mum who cannot bond with her new baby, and wants nothing to do with it. That’s how I feel about these three of the yo-yo people I have created – take them away!
Waiting to be adopted
It’s obvious that yo-yos are just not my thing, and I declare that I will never stitch another one! I’m glad I persevered through to the bitter end, as these could have ended up in the bin months ago. The best thing to do, I've decided, is to donate them to one of the local Op Shops and hopefully someone else will love them more than I do. If anyone would like the pattern, I’ll be happy to post it to you. Just ask for the pattern in a comment, and give me a nice pat on the back to get me over my feeling of inadequacy!
On a happier note, I’ve started on my Christmas Cake. Maybe a little late for the purists who seem to make them months in advance of Christmas. I’m using a recipe by well known Kiwi cook Alison Holst, known as Saint Holst in our household. The fruit and a tin of crushed pineapple are soaking together for a day or two, before mixing all the other goodies together. Have to admit that I came rather late to baking my own Christmas Cake, making my first one only a couple of years ago. And there’s no doubt about it, home made tastes so much nicer than a bought one!