Daffy's Stitchy Friends

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Rest of the Story ~ A TUSAL Post

Today I received an unexpected email. It was from M ~ Yoyo's daughter. Those of us who are long-time TUSAL-ers remember Yoyo ~ the original host of the Totally Useless Stitch A Long. Yoyo blogged at Dragon My Needle, a blog that no longer exists. Many, many of us have long wondered what happened to our dear friend. With M's email we know the rest of the story.

Yoyo suffered a bad stroke and can no longer stitch or blog.


Yoyo is the cause of this ginormous ORT jar.

M wanted me to know how pleased she and her mother were to learn we were carrying on with the Totally Useless Endeavor. I wanted you all to know what happened and to give you the chance of sending any wishes or greetings for Yoyo...M is reading these Useless Posts to her. Leave a comment and Yoyo will be told!

M also wanted to know if there was anyone Yoyo owed an exchange or gift to? She has several items labeled as such but no way of knowing where they go. Send me an email and I'll get you in touch.

Are you are from outside of the United States and wondering what "The Rest of the Story" means? It was a radio talk show segment by Paul Harvey. I grew up listening to it, mostly in my Dad's work truck. It brings back nostalgic memories.

Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox

56 comments:

valerie said...

I am so glad that the mystery has been solved. I've often wondered what happened to Yoyo. I'm sorry to hear of her stroke and her not being able to stitch and blog. She was avid in both. I wish her the best in her recovery and will think of her each time I drop orts into my little jar.

Barbi said...

OH my!!! So sorry to hear that she had a stroke. Best wishes to her! She is the founder of our useless posts...and so glad that we can carry on :)

Lindsay said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Yoyo and wish her all the best for the future. I also think we all owe her a huge vote of thanks for setting the TUSAL ball rolling

Silverlotus said...

I'm so glad M got in touch to let us all know what happened. I've thought about Yoyo often, and always hoped she was doing well. Yoyo will definitely be in my thoughts.

She had told me she was sending me a gift, but it certainly isn't important now. Concentrate on getting better, Yoyo!

Karen said...

Oh, I hate to hear that. I joined the first year she did it and still have the same ort jar thanks to her!

Hope she continues to improve...

Fiona said...

Oh my gosh!! I can't believe yoyo had a stroke, wishing her and her family all the best and thankyou yoyo for setting so many of us on our TUSAL journal!! Much love and best wishes xx

mdgtjulie said...

What a sad story. I will keep her on my prayer list!!

Claudette497 said...

Thanks so much for letting us know - I loved Dragon my Needle and wondered what had happened. I'm glad Yoyo has family to take care of her and can enjoy the TUSAL, even if she can't run it anymore.

Margaret said...

I wasn't around for the beginnings of the TUSAL, but I'm so saddened to hear about Yoyo. I'm so glad to be keeping the tradition going, thanks to you, and to Yoyo too.

Norma Soulet (AZArtist) said...

I don't know her but I wish her a speedy recovery!
Hugs

Robin said...

I remember her blog. How nice of you to share the info. Sorry to learn it is a sad reason for her not blogging. Makes one realize that time and health and life are precious.

Sheila said...

I'm so glad to know what happened to Yoyo, I've wondered about her quite a bit. I only joined the TU SAl last year but kept up with her blog. I hope she continues well on her recovery.
My thoughts are with yu, Yoyo

Dee said...

Miss you much, Yoyo. Sorry to hear that you had a stroke, but I'm so glad your daughter kept in touch.

Big hugs to you ---- we love you and wish you well.

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

So sorry that she cannot continue to stitch.

I hope you can find something that you are able to love as much as stitching.

Lots of hugs to you and your family!

Loretta said...

Thank you for this post updating us on Yoyo! I am so glad M contacted you. I often wondered what happened to Yoyo and knew deep down it had to be something serious for her disappear from blogland. Her blog was an inspiration. She did some wonderful stitching and I am so sorry to hear she can no longer do it. I wish all her all the best!!!

((((Yoyo)))

Carolyn said...

I am so sorry to hear about Yoyo. It was her blog that I learned all about TUSAL.

Thank you Yoyo for letting us continue. I will keep you in my prayers.

(((Hugs)))

Lynn said...

Although I have not known Yoyo I am grateful that she founded the TUSAL. Through it I am meeting many new friends and fellow stitchers.
I am so very sorry that your health has suffered and I wish you continued recovery and well being.

Lesleyanne said...

I'm so glad to know what happened to Yoyo, I've often wondered about her. Best wishes to Yoyo and I hope she continues well on her recovery.

Gillie said...

So sad but glad to know. Dear Yoyo, you were such a help to me with some blogging points - it is entirely thanks to you that I can put a link into my blog and a couple of other pointers. I use your tape measure from one of the exchanges often. In fact, it was all we had in the middle of a move when tempers were a little, um, well you can guess and we needed to know a width! Love to you and thank you to M for getting in touch with Sharon. xxx

Rachael xxx said...

Oh I am sorry to hear aboy Yoyo, 'M please send her my best' I remeber her well from her blog and doing the Tusal via her, I wish yoyo and her family all the best!!

CATHI said...

I didn't know her blog, but wish her all the best and hopefully a recovery! I will always think of her when I put orts in my jar...

Cathi

Catherine said...

Thank you for letting us know. Sending prayers and hugs Yoyo's way.

Sally said...

Although I never took part in the TUSAL I did read Yoyo's blog and wondered what had happened to her. I am so sorry to hear she suffered a stroke and hope in time that she can make a good recovery. Lots of hugs and positive thoughts to you dear Yoyo.

Bronny said...

Thank you so much for letting us know. I had sent an email some time ago. I thank Yo-Yo for starting me on this Not-So-Useless (now) endeavour!
I have used my orts from previous years to stuff ornaments made for bloggers.
Hugs to Yo-Yo

Jules said...

Thoughts go out to Yoyo! I am so glad to learn what has happened to our friend. I was worried about her for quite some time.

Anne said...

I did not know Yoyo, but my thoughts and prayers go to her and her family during this time.

Kathy A. said...

I am so sorry to hear of Yoyo's present difficulties.
She will be thought of each and every one of us as we drop our orts into our fancy containers.
She has been a blessing to the stitching world. She has opened new doors for all of us.
I wish for her a complete recovery and many blessings in the future.

Measi said...

I had feared it was something like this - so, so sad. Huge hugs to Yoyo... she is greatly missed.

Edy said...

I don't know Yoyo, but I send her my best wishes for a complete recovery. To have to give up one's passions can be very difficult. Hope she can come back to them in good time.

Julie said...

Yoyo was a member of a forum i visit and we talked about what had happened to her often, thank you for posting this sad news Sharon.

Wishing her a good recovery. I'm glad that she is still able to be part of the stitching world through reading about the TUSAL, i know a lot of ladies will be sending thoughts and prayers her way x

ArchangelDecker said...

I am terribly sorry to hear of YoYo's stroke. I hope she is able to recover and stitch once more.


Sending lots of prayers and hugs to her!

Lisa said...

I am sorry to hear that Yoyo has not been well and I'm sending many good wishes her way. Thanks so much for founding this TUSAL I've enjoyed everyone's pictures immensely.

Janet said...

Thank you for sharing the update. It was TUSAL and Yoyo's Christmas Stitch-along that rekindled my love of cross-stitch. Sending thanks and prayers her way.

Pumpkin said...

That's terrible :o( Thanks for sharing the news though Sharon. It's nice to know that she is pleased that you have continued on the tradition ;o)

Pauline said...

I joined Yoyo's TUSAL many moons ago because I loved the idea of it! Yoyo was very helpful, pointing out how to solve various blogger problems and visiting my blog. She was one of my first followers and I have met many wonderful bloggers through TUSAL.

Yoyo, thank you for starting TUSAL, it is a fun way to showcase those orts!

Lana said...

Though I don't participate in the TUSAL, I have always enjoyed the idea and seeing everyone's posts, so hearing that the originator of this SAL is not able to stitch or blog is heartbreaking. I am glad that the blogging community now knows what has happened to a fellow blogger that fell off the grid though. Thanks to M for letting us all know!My thoughts and hugs go out to Yoyo!

FIONA said...

Oh dear Daffy! Yoyo is in my prayers! Sorry I'm so late with my ORT REPORT this month! I have just posted! Sorry for the delay - been busy organising stitching days!!

Jessica @BeforeTheDawn said...

I remember you talking about this and how she just disappeared, and you took over the TUSAL.

I don't know Yoyo, but my heart goes out to her! I know lots of people online and it's hard when someone disappears and you have no idea what happened. You forever wonder and worry that they are okay.

Ziggyeor said...

Oh Thank her daughter! I'd been wondering about what happened to Yo-yo. Glad to hear some news and I hope she stay's healthy.

It's funny to think that in this day we'd need a list of places we visit on the internet so our loved ones could tell our online friends when something happens to us.

Carolyn NC said...

I well remember Yoyo and she is sorely missed. I'm sorry to hear about the stroke and will keep her and her family in my prayers. And the ROTS - I absolutely loved that show - he always had such cool stories!

Carol R said...

Best wishes to Yoyo - I often wonder what happened to her - thanks for the info!

mollycaff said...

Thank you for posting this, I had been wondering what had happened to YoYo. Wishing her all the very best.

Justflo said...

So sorry to hear about YoYo, But glad to know that she is still taking an interest in what we are all up to. Please M Tell YoYo that I did complete my Christmas SAL's that I started with her. One still needs finishing off properly but the other is framed and hung on the wall over last Christmas.

Please take care.

Dani - tkdchick said...

I'm very sorry to hear about what happend to Yoyo but she has certainly left behind a legacy with the TUSAL!!!

Thanks Yoyo.

Jo said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Yoyo's stroke - I'm sending my warmest wishes to both her and M. And tonight I'll be filling my TUSAL ORT jar while thinking of you both.

Thanks Yoyo, for bringing such a wide-rangung and fun group of stitchers together in our totally useless endeavour

Sandra said...

Thanks Sharon for letting us know what happened to Yoyo.

M please tell Yoyo that I'm praying for a speedy recovery, my dad had a stroke almost three years ago and I know how things become. I enjoyed a lot her TUSAL, there are many items I made with the orts of previous years, they're among friends now. Give her a big hug from a stitching pal in Venezuela :o)

Siobhan said...

I remember the Paul Harvey show!

Yoyo, I didn't participate in the TUSAL but do remember your blog. Know that I am thinking of you and praying for you.

Sharon, thanks for letting us know about our stitching buddy. :)

Chars said...

Big hugs to Yo-YO and I wish you a very speedy recovery. I too owe her a depth of gratitude for emailing me privately a couple of times to help me with blogging issues.

I have missed reading her blog and maybe M could post the blog back into blogland so that it remains for us to read in years to come. Remove the comment button... so it is more an archive. As I personally would love to be able to read it over.

Once again - Hugs
Chars xxx

Meari said...

I knew what "The Rest of the Story" was/is. :) It's still on occassionally.

I never knew abou the TUSAL until I saw it on your blog.

Thanks for sharing what happened with Yoyo... that's a tough thing to happen.

Sara said...

So sorry to hear about Yoyo. Wishing her well and that she is able to recover enough to stitch again.

Topcho said...

Such sad news, but thank you for lettting us know! I was wondering what happened since she stopped blogging, I really enjoyed reading her blog and the whole Tusal idea. I'll be praying for a full and speedy recovery=

Di Pais said...

Oh I'm so sorry to hear as well. I was part of the TUSAL with Yoyo and did wonder what happened. I wish recovery for her and she is in my thoughts Thanks for letting us know!

Doris said...

I'm sorry to hear of her stroke and her not being able to stitch and blog....

Annette said...

OW NO how terrible!!! A stroke..
I hope she will get a better.
So sorry she can't do teh things she loved to do.
How sweet of her DD to mail you.
yes your doing a great job with it!!!

Ma Teakettle said...

Oh sooo sad! I have wondered about Yoyo, and what might have happened to our dear sweet friend. I have missed her, but she can rest assured that her TUSAL has been lovingly cared for and nurtered by our very loved Daffycat.
I am heart broken to hear that she cannot stitch, as I know what a huge part of her being it is, and I am sending hugs and kisses to both Yoyo and M.
Thank you M, for the update, and please let your Mom know that so many of us remember and miss her, and will not allow the memory of her friendship to fade.
XOXO
Karyn

Thanks, Daff, for passing it on and for giving us the update...and for carrying on the TUSAL...we love ya!

Karan said...

So sorry to hear that Yoyo disappeared from the blogging/stitching world due to a stroke - she's much missed. Thinking of you Yoyo & sending lots of healing thoughts your way (((((((((hugs))))))))).