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Project by grovemadman posted 02-24-2008 05:33 AM 5443 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My sister is heavily into Knitting, she asked me to make this thing for her this morning. It’s called a Niddy Noddy. It is supposed to hold the yarn she hand spins so you can easily wrap it into balls of yarn. This one is made to hold 2 yds. It is also made to pull apart easily for travelling purposes.
I made it with blind mortise and tenons using some Purpleheart and figured Mohogany scraps I had laying around. I hear Knitters will pay a tidy sum for these easy to make little ditty’s. I would have preferred to Just satin wax it clear but she wanted a darker color. I may find myself making a few dozen of these for the gals in her knitting circle. Can you say new mini lathe???? I could make some really authentic old looking ones if I had one of those. She wants me to make her a custom spinning wheel next. Hmmmmmm$$$$$$$$

-- --Chuck





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#1 posted 02-24-2008 05:44 AM

Looks cool, but how does it work?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 02-24-2008 05:47 AM

Hey Chuck … very nice. I’m a spinner and have a Niddy Noddy, but it isn’t that nice. Its a necessary tool if you spin and want to easily and neatly make a skein of yarn.

-- Teri, Kokomo, IN

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#3 posted 02-24-2008 05:50 AM

I’m not quite sure to be honest Gary. I know the yarn she spins wraps around it some how… I’ll find out more
tomorrow – she has a bunch of friends who want me to start making them custom stuff. If it looks like easy stuff to make and there’s $$$$ in it I may just have something to keep me busy during the slow seasons. And get payed to do what I like to boot!

-- --Chuck

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#4 posted 02-24-2008 05:57 AM

Thanks Teri, maybe you could explain how it works – I know I can’t. Also my sister says there are lots of Women who will pay up to $40 for one of these, especially if it has their name and stuff like that in it. Is this true?? I saw a hand made spinning wheel for a $1100.00 on a spinners site last night! My sister claims spinners will gladly pay that much or more for one tailored to fit them perfect.

-- --Chuck

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#5 posted 02-24-2008 07:57 AM

There you go, there is still room for those past skills. nice job on the Noddy.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 02-24-2008 12:47 PM

you learn something new everyday!! A niddy noddy..

Oh yes, personalized … uh huh.. special

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#7 posted 02-24-2008 02:02 PM

looks like your in the money chuck !!

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#8 posted 02-24-2008 02:06 PM

I am like you in that I simply don’t have a clue on what to do with it but your woodworking looks pretty good. Any day in the shop is a good day but if you can make a little money, get a new tool and make somebody happy with a project from shop cutoffs it just doesn’t get any better than this.

Go for it.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 02-24-2008 04:02 PM

I’m sure glad you didn’t ask me to guess what it was.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 02-24-2008 08:37 PM

Yeah, if I hadn’t seen one with yarn wrapped around it I would have mistaken it for a very confusing double coat hanger. It’s actually a kind of fun little project and if your wife is a spinner then it’s a Saturday approved task. Sunday you’ll be making a drop spindle, just as soon as your done taking out the trash…LOL
Really though, the more I investigate these odd looking tools of the knitting trade I come to realize their simplicity and usefulness. Nearly everyone of these tools were born out of neccessity – And not surprisingly they almost always were designed and fabricated by you guessed it; a woodworker!
There was a time when just about every guy out there had some kind of working knowledge of wood and how to apply it, especially if you lived in rural areas or a farm – there simply wasn’t time nor money to just go to town and buy another Niddy Noddy. If your wives spindle broke you fixed it or you went without socks!

-- --Chuck

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#11 posted 02-25-2008 08:44 PM

i found this on the web…..
http://www.worldknit.com/howto/howtospin/sfiberprep/niddy.html
interesting little device….

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#12 posted 02-25-2008 10:00 PM

ah!!!! Now I get it.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#13 posted 02-25-2008 10:01 PM

Interesting. I never would have guessed it.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#14 posted 02-25-2008 10:32 PM

Cool. Looks like you could use your new lathe to turn a ‘can of soup’ too.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#15 posted 02-26-2008 12:33 AM

It’s a rather novel little device and a testament to the ingenuity of those who came before us. I recently saw our buddy on the WoodWright Shop make one of these a couple week ago.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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