# Question: How To Make A Wooden Niddy Noddy?

## What is a niddy noddy used for?

This handy little niddy noddy tool is used to wind the yarn you’ve spun into a skein off of your drop spindle or spinning wheel bobbin. Its press fit construction holds it securely together while in use, yet it easily collapses flat into two pieces for easy storage. It is easily taken apart and reassembled.

## What size niddy noddy do I need?

Niddy noddies are available in many different sizes – from 12 inches to 4 feet. The most common size of niddy noddy makes a two yard skein. To calculate the yardage of a skein, multiply the number of yarn wraps in the skein by the length of one wrap.

## How do you skein handspun yarn?

Skein your handspun on a niddy-noddy and tie your skein with figure-eight knots in four places. (Use lengths of cotton twine, the end of your yarn, or a combination of the two.) This secures the yarn and lessens tangling. Soak your freshly spun yarn in a bath of plain water or wash it with your favorite washing agent.

## Why is it called a Niddy Noddy?

A niddy noddy (pictures of mine at right) is, simply, a hand reel for yarn. The name? Merriam Webster suggests it may come from an obsolete word meaning to nod to and fro unsteadily. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the niddy noddy was used to the rhythm of a song.

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## How do you figure out yardage for yarn?

Weigh the full skein of yarn (including the 20 yards) on a scale and record how many grams it is. Multiply the full skein weight by 20. Divide that number by the weight of the 20 yards. The resulting number is how many yards is in the full skein.