Ever walked into a yarn store and gazed longingly at those coiled hanks of brightly-colored yarn, perplexed as to how they got into such bundles? Enter the niddy-noddy! These tools (shaped like a capital 'I' but with the short arms perpendicular to one another) are used by hand-spinners and home yarn-dying operations to:
-Obtain approximate yardage of the yarn
-Prepare handspun yarn for finishing and dying
-Create a large loop of yarn that can then be twisted into a hank for easy storage or display
A little bit industrial-primitive, a little bit steampunk, a whole lotta awesome: this niddy-noddy was designed to stand out in the crowd of wooden and PVC niddys. All parts were sourced from your average big box hardware and craft stores, with the exception of the leather scraps and gate hooks (which were left over from a long-since-forgotten project). Total cost was roughly $30 (but that includes enough material to may two niddy-noddy bodies and three pairs of arms).
This Instructable assumes that you have general mechanic competence and know the basics of niddy-noddy design and use.
(Qty x Item)
1 x Aluminum tube (square), 1" x 1" x 3'
1 x Aluminum (flat), 1/8" x 1-1/4" x 3'
1 bag (6 pcs/bag) x Machine screws, #6-32 x 1-1/2"
1 bag (6 pcs/bag) x Cap nut, #6-32
1 bag (30 pcs/bag) x Washer, #6
1 bag (5 pcs/bag) x Cotter pin, 1/8" x 3/4"
2 bags (2 pcs/bag) x Nylon spacer, 1" long, 1/4" OD (cut into eight ~3/8" lengths)
2 x Small gate hooks (1" total length)
8 x Metal grommets
Scraps of leather
Pencil and paper
Drill press (or hand drill) and assorted drill bits
Step 1: Arms
1a: Using paper, pencil, ruler, and compass, draw and cut out four guides in the shapes of the arms (two right arms and two left arms - they are not exactly identical).
1b: Glue the guides to the flat aluminum stock.
1c: Cut arms to size, cut and file the teeth, cut and file yarn notches, and drill holes.