Making A Skein with A Niddy Noddy –
Joy of Handspinning
From the Joy of Handspinning web site –
required for both singles and plied yarns in order to set in the twist
and if you plan to dye the yarn.
How to Use a Niddy Noddy
Take the end of the yarn
in one hand while holding the center bar of the niddy noddy. If you are
skeining from a spinning wheel, remove the yarn from the orifice of the
wheel, and loosen the tension applied to the spindle, first, to prevent
the yarn from rolling back on itself. Guide the yarn over the top bar
(1) then down to and under the bar at the bottom (2), take the yarn back
up and over the top bar on the other side (3) then down and under the
bottom bar (4), while keeping a firm grip and slightly twisting your
wrist. Continue to bring the yarn back up to the top bar where you
started. Follow that same identical path on the niddy noddy until you
run out of yarn on the bobbin.
Removing the Skein
Tie the beginning and the end of the yarn securely together, and tie the
skein in three other sections. Pull the skein off of the bars of the
niddy noddy, insert your thumbs in the center of the skein, and snap it
open. With the skein on your thumbs twist it at one or both ends to
build up enough twist so that it will twist back on itself. Loop one end
over the other to close the skein.
If you do not have a niddy
noddy, you can also skein your yarn on the back of a chair or around
your arm and elbow.