I started yo-yoing back in middle school, after saving up allowance for a glow-in-the-dark Yomega Brain. Back then the internet didn’t have yoyo videos, so I learned brain twister, Eiffel tower, and one-handed star from a manual I had printed out.
Many many years later, my own kids start bringing home dinky dollar-store yoyos from school and I gotta tell you - they aren’t any good. So I got myself a F.A.S.T. 201 and started cranking my way through the basic string tricks that I could never do when I was young. Trapeze, double or nothing, barrel rolls, and so on. Lemme tell you, this is a loud yoyo. After a couple weeks I order a Replay Pro, and then an n12, and by this point I’m completely hooked.
But there’s more, of course! This forum is about strings, and my first string was made with some awful polyester sewing thread that I pilfered out of a tiny sewing kit. My “rig” was a door handle and a piece of metal chucked into a power drill, plus a piece of wood with a hook in it to use as a middle point for the rare color twist. I ran out of thread almost immediately and started hitting up online thread shops.
Many strings later, I have a folding wooden rig with fade hooks, four blending hooks, and a giant collection of woolly nylon and tri-lobal embroidery thread. Sometimes they don’t turn out so well (see the pink/pink with the tri-lobal popping out of the twist) but sometimes it’s beautiful. I’ve been pushing yoyos (and strings!) on my friends and doing trades here and there.
Yoyos are good. Strings are good. Man alive I love this hobby.
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From top to bottom/left to right:
- MYY Node with tri-woolly blend
- Duncan barracuda with tri-woolly blend, next to a pure green tri-lobal polyester
- A pink/pink blend that failed due to slack in the polyester
- Fade hooks, and a chest latch to keep it from opening after folding it closed
- Snack next to a pile of string from a failed try. I was tying off the final loop when the string suddenly got a lot of slack - I thought the string had broken, but I looked over and my cat was chewing through it.
- Tools, and a diagram of the rig that my daughter drew
- Thread “collection”. It’s a different sort of mail day, but almost as good as getting new throws