Saturday, September 1, 2012

How to make a PVC niddy noddy

A skein of yarn wound on a 2 yard PVC Niddy noddy. 

I used a homemade pvc pipe niddy noddy at a recent fair and had to make one.  They are SO simple.  The parts cost $5.09 at my local hardware store, and the employee cut the parts to my specifications, so I didn't even have to get out a hacksaw.  In case you don't know, a niddy noddy is a device used to make yarn into a hank.  Instead of having someone hold out their hands or wrapping the yarn from your spinning wheel bobbin around the legs of a chair, you wrap the yarn in a certain way on the niddy noddy.  You end up with a continuous loop of yarn. You can see how I used to make a hank here.  This niddy noddy is sized for measuring 2 yards of yarn per loop.  When you have finished winding your yarn on it, you count the loops over one arm of the niddy noddy, then double it to get the amount of yards you have.  It's very handy if you're a handspinner and have no clue how much yarn you made and want to give it to a friend.

You will need:
*40 inches of 1/2 inch PVC pipe, cut with a pipe cutter or hacksaw into 5 lengths.  Four lengths will be 6 inches.  One will be 16 inches.
*Two 1/2 inch PVC T-couplers
*Four 1/2 inch PVC end caps

Put the 6 inch pieces into the T couplers.  Put the end caps on the end of each 6 inch piece.  

Attach the T couplers at right angles to one another at each end of the 16 inch piece

Winding a skein on a pvc niddy noddy is easy.  You grasp the niddy noddy at the center,with the bottom part of the T parallel with your body and the top T perpendicular to your body.  You tie the first strand of yarn to the center post at the top, then wind so that when you slip the two loops off the bottom T, you have one countinuous loop of yarn.  To calculate how much yarn you have with a 2 yard PVC niddy noddy, count how many times the yarn goes around one of the arms of the T, then multiply by two.  You may then wind the skein into a hank for storage until you are ready to wind into a ball for knitting and spinning.  
Congratulations!  You now have a very affordable niddy noddy and an easy way to make a hank of yarn!

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