Niddy Noddy Instrutions

How to Use a Niddy Noddy

Skeining is required for both singles and plied yarns in order to set in the twist and if you plan to dye the yarn. Take the end of the yarn in one hand while holding the centre bar of the niddy noddy. If you are skeining from a spinning wheel, remove the yarn from the orifice of the wheel, and loosen the tension applied to the spindle, first, to prevent the yarn from rolling back on itself. Guide the yarn over the top bar then down to and under the bar at the bottom , take the yarn back up and over the top bar on the other niddy noddy image side  then down and under the bottom bar, while keeping a firm grip and slightly twisting your wrist. Continue to bring the yarn back up to the top bar where you started. Follow that same identical path on the niddy noddy until you run out of yarn on the bobbin.

Removing the Skein

Tie the beginning and the end of the yarn securely together, and tie the skein in three other sections. Pull the skein off of the bars of the niddy noddy, insert your thumbs in the centre of the skein, and snap it open. With the skein on your thumbs twist it at one or both ends to build up enough twist so that it will twist back on itself. Loop one end over the other to close the skein.

A niddy-noddy (plural niddy-noddies) is a tool used to make skeins from yarn. It consists of a central bar, with crossbars at each end, offset from each other by 90°. The central bar is generally carved to make it easier to hold. Either one of the crossbars will have a flat edge to slide the skein off of, or will be completely removable. Niddy-noddies can be constructed of many different materials, including wood, metal, and plastic. Wood is traditional, and most quality niddy-noddys are still made of wood. Budget spinners occasionally use niddy-noddys made from PVC pipes.niddy noddy

Manufactured niddy-noddies can be made of different sizes, producing skeins from 12 inches in length to 4 feet in length. The most common size, however, produces a two yard skein. Very small niddy-noddys are generally used for small samples. Many spinners will spin a sample length of yarn, ply it, and skein it using a niddy-noddy before washing. Then the spinner can see if the yarn is as desired or not.

By counting the number of wraps for the skein, and measuring the length of one wrap, the approximate yardage can be calculated. The yardage is approximate because an exact yardage requires an even tension throughout wrapping the whole skein. Also, a very large skein requires wrapping the new layers on top of the old, which increases the length of the top layers.

yarn winderSpinner's weasel or clock reel  is a mechanical yarn measuring device consisting of a spoked wheel with an internal ratcheting mechanism that clicks every two revolutions and makes a "pop" sound after the desired length of yarn is measured.

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