PVC Niddy Noddy

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A niddy-noddy is a tool used by crafters for making skeins of yarn. Typically made of wood, niddy-noddy prices start around $10 and go up from there. This Instructable will show you how to make a PVC Pipe niddy-noddy for less than $5. There's no right or wrong size for a niddy-noddy, you can do bigger or smaller. For these prices, you can have a few in different sizes.

Step 1: BoM

2ft PVC pipe cut into 4 equal sized sections and one longer section.

2 T-connectors

4 caps

Glue *optional*

Yarn

Step 2: PVC Pipe

A 1/2" or 3/4" diameter pvc pipe will work great for a niddy noddy and you can have the pipe cut down to your size specifications. At my local Home Depot a 2ft 1/2" pvc pipe is $1.32. I had someone cut the pipe into four equal sections and one 7" section.

One of the nice things about using PVC Pipe over wood, you can change the length of the center pipe to make your niddy-noddy shorter or longer.

Step 3: Fittings

Slide the 4 equal size pipes into the T-Connector and then cap the ends. The caps have dual purpose. The first, is to make the niddy-noddy waterproof (which makes setting the twist that much easier). The second, to prevent yarn from sliding off the ends.

The T-Connectors were $.34 each and the caps were $.38.

Step 4: Connect & Twist

Attach the longest pipe into the T-Connectors and twist! You've got an extremely low cost, waterproof niddy-noddy!

Step 5: Wrap!

Once you're done spinning your fiber, you can wrap! Start in the center, holding the yarn end in your non-dominant hand and bring the yarn down and under one of the bottom arms. Bring the yarn up and over the single arm resting against the table and then back down under the opposite bottom arm. Bring the yarn up and over the arm sticking out into the air and then back down under the bottom arm you originally started with. Continue this until all your wrap is wrapped.

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    Rahere

    8 days ago

    I knew a Zuid Afrikaans mining engineer once who used to play frisbee with a steel hubcap. Survival skills, I suppose.

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    mrsmerwin

    1 year ago

    Then you pull one arm from the t-connector to remove the skein of yarn???

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    Raheremrsmerwin

    Reply 8 days ago

    Leave one end cap off, it makes it far easier to remove the skein.
    The idea of the thing is that your spun yarn won't have the same tension, as you're doing a thousand different things while spinning. Watching the feed rate in your right hand, which is also opening up the feed stock (rolag, or whatever) so the index finger and thumb can release or brake as needed, feeling for the twist in your left hand so you know it's spinning up at a decent rate, and running it down towards your right hand if you think the feed's got a bit thin and weak, perhaps adding a little more spin if you're uncertain (while keeping a firm grip in the right hand to stop twist getting into the feed stock), and perhaps fussing with some of the feed supply which has clearly decided it would prefer not to have too much to do with being spun and would far prefer to do it's own thing on the floor, and - damn, that bit's noily, so let's reverse a sec and sort it - and, and, and...
    Skeining it off allows the fibres to settle - I actually leave it a day on the niddy-noddy because there's a perceptible settling which happens, before I remove it and twist it into a skein. Also, don't forget a paper strip with a description of what wool it is and when you spun it.

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    JRvZ

    1 year ago

    In South Africa they make these in concrete and use them to make breakwaters & piers - we call them "dolosse".