The Mister made me a niddy noddy to wind up my brand new hand spun yarn! So, for the first time – instead of wrapping a skein around the backs of kitchen chairs or the hands of some willing victim willing to hold their arms just so – I wound it up all proper-like on the tool made just for that. It’s a spectacular thing, to see your handspun yarn all laid out in orderly rows, like a fibery rainbow.
A niddy noddy is also the perfect measuring device. One wrap on my niddy noddy is 1.5 yards and I wrapped it 148 times, for a total yardage of about 225 yards.
Before removing your hank from the niddy noddy, you should tie it in four places with loose figure 8 ties, to keep it from tangling while you work with it. This is such a convenient way to handle yarn! I found easy instructions to make your own out of 1/2 inch PVC pipe.
I know there are people who actually spin with the weight of the final yarn in mind. Me? I just do it and end up with whatever the heck happens. Spinners find out the weight of their yarn using a WPI, (wraps per inch), tool. Mine is electronic.
This yarn comes out to 14 – 17 WPI, a DK weight yarn. The toolkit has a handy little chart you can refer to for WPI to yarn weight conversion.
At this point, I’ll finish the yarn, which consists of a bath and hanging to dry. Some resources advise “thwacking” the yarn, which means slapping it against a surface a few times to felt it a little bit. I usually try to avoid any felting on my non superwash yarns, so I’ll skip that part for now.