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
Utility knife
Glue (water-soluble)
Hack saw
Metal files
Sand 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.
It would be nice if you mentioned, in the introduction, what a niddy-noddy is, and what it's for, rather than leaving folk to work it out from the hints in the last step.
Thanks for the feedback! I originally was only intending this to be used by hand-spinners and knitters already familiar with niddy-noddy design, but it is rather poor form to be so exclusive. I have included a brief description in the introduction.
Very nice addition! Thanks for the description! It is very interesting!
Cool - there might have been somebody who knew what they needed, but didn't know what it was called, maybe to make as a gift for a friend.
Nice presentation but I do agree with Kiteman!
I have added a brief description to the introduction that may edify you. Thanks for your feedback!
What the heck is a niddy-noddy, beats me?!?!?
I have added a brief description to the introduction that may edify you. Thanks for your feedback!
Why not make it from wood in the same way - Much cheaper and for this application just as durable.<br><br>PS never heard of this before so +1 for Kitemans observations.
I agree - wood would be much easier on the wallet and require less elbow grease during construction. I used metal partly because I've never seen a metal niddy, and also because I designed this for a steampunk swap on Ravelry (the Facebook of the knitting/crocheting community), so I wanted the more industrial aesthetic that metal provides. My design evolved during construction and has strayed from its steampunk roots, but it is sure to be well-loved by its recipient.

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