Niddy-noddy (?)

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Project by NoSlivers posted 11-12-2012 06:53 AM 3277 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My lovely wife requested this and she tells me that this is called a “Niddy-noddy” (and there is apparently a little rhyme that goes along with it while it’s being used). What it’s used for is taking unwound yarn and forming a “skein” or loop that prevents it from becoming tangled. I leave her to her crafts and she enjoys the results of mine. This is made from mahogany and is about 24” total length (horizontally in this picture) and each end is about 18”. My wife exclaimed that it’s exactly what she asked for, only more beautiful. That’s good enough for me.

-- If you don't have time to do it right, do you have time to do it twice?

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#1 posted 11-12-2012 07:15 AM

a very nifty noddy for sure

never having heard of one

i would have to say
this is the best one i have ever seen

she gets to knit
and you get to wear the scarfs

what could be better

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 11-12-2012 09:08 AM

Niddy-noddy, niddy-noddy,
Two heads, one body,
‘Tis one, ‘taint one,
‘Twill be one, bye and bye.
‘Tis two, ‘taint two,
‘Twill be two, bye and bye.

Nice one and she loves it what more can you ask for


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 11-12-2012 10:02 AM

Happy wife, happy life

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 11-12-2012 02:37 PM

Exactly. I was about to say that …

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#5 posted 11-12-2012 04:17 PM

How does it work? My wife was pretty upset last night when she was crochetting and her yarn got all jacked up. If this gives me an opportunity to both make something and make her happy, I’m in!

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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#6 posted 11-13-2012 03:25 AM

Don’t know which I’m more impressed with: your construction of a niddy-noddy, or Jamie’s recitation of the poem. Neat project, domestic tranquility assurred.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 11-13-2012 05:20 AM

Weirdest thing. I saw this project the other day wondering what it was. Last night I had a dream about it!! Haha

I think that’s a sign I need to take a LJ break

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#8 posted 11-18-2012 05:52 AM

Turningheads – I don’t think that a niddy-noddy would be a solution for a jacked up ball of yarn, but a nostepinne can be used to re-create a center-pull ball of yarn. I made a nostapinne a few years ago for my wife, but didn’t post it as a project since it’s really just a turned stick. Arguably one could probably do just as well with a piece of dowel.

The use of the niddy-noddy is easier to show than to describe, but basically the yarn is wound in an alternating pattern from end-to-end. The link below will take you to a video describing niddy-noddy’s and usage

dakremer – I think it’s a sign to get back into the shop!

Thanks for looking and for the interest.

-- If you don't have time to do it right, do you have time to do it twice?

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