What the heck is a niddy noddy… I didn’t have a clue until Madgeface (feel like I am mocking her when I call her that) told me that I was missing a step in my wool spinning for my weaving project. This week not only did I make a niddy noddy, I tried for the first time to ply some wool yarn (hmmm….niddy noddy…sounds like made up words…. similar to saying I made a thingamabob). If you are looking for expert advice… this is probably not the place… but if you are curious or if you just want to “mock” a novice… keep reading.
I had some left over natural brown/black wool… from my Human Hair – Wool yarn (whair) project… So I spun it on a bottom whorl drop spindle (that is a mouth full) which you can see from the picture above.
I wanted to ply two colors so for the second color I had some left over black bean dyed wool. This was an earlier experiment and I loved the cool gray/blue color that was created from the beans. I will not go into detail on the process but it is very simple… in fact here is picture from that experiment.
The next step is to ply the two yarns… (and hope the two colors don’t look horrible together). I fortunately always spin my singles clockwise… This means that when I ply I should spin in the opposite direction… counter clockwise. Wished I could say I am incredibly coordinated and this was simple… but it took a bit of time to get use to spinning in the “wrong” direction and having two threads.
Sam (my 12 year old son) took this photo while I was plying the two threads together. (thank goodness… I don’t look uncoordinated in the picture…and I know you are wonder about the duck… I got it at a yard sell…). When I ran out of one of the threads (the brown one) I stopped and started winding the thread around my niddy noddy (that almost sounds dirty).
I made the niddy noddy out of a copper tube and two copper tees. I was going to cut dowels for the ends where the yarn wraps around… but I got lazy. I will do this in the future (if it seems necessary… not sure if it is or not). The niddy noddy height is only 10 inches… I didn’t think about making it a standard size so it would be easy to determine how many yards of yarn I had.
Here is all of the yarn wrapped and washed waiting to dry. I am not sure about the color but it seems to be “ok” and for my first two ply yarn I do not feel horrible.
Here is the yarn off of the niddy noddy and after measuring the length and counting the threads I calculated about 50 yards… hmmm what can you make with 50 yards… I guess it could be a stripe in some sweater… (of course I would have to learn how to knit).
By the way… if you are an expert in this and see any mistakes or things I could do better or should have done please leave a comment. I would love to get some advice.