|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|
Congratulations! You now have a very affordable niddy noddy and an easy way to make a hank of yarn!