How To Make a Niddy Noddy for Mini Skeins

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A mini niddy noddy in useIn this post I will give you instructions on how to make your own niddy noddy for mini skeins of yarn. Okay, maybe I will give you the instructions my husband followed when he made me a niddy noddy for mini skeins, lol!

I’ve really been enjoying dying mini skeins. These mini skeins are only 20 grams and are made up of roughly 90 yards of yarn. When these skeins come out of the dye pot they are quite tangled. No amount of fussing with them seems to straighten them out nicely. The only solution is to re-skein them. I have a niddy noddy for regular sized skeins of yarn but when I tried to use it on the mini skeins it produced a rather long, anaemic looking skein. It just wouldn’t do. After a quick look around Pinterest, I soon realized that making a smaller niddy noddy should be quite doable. I enlisted my husband’s help as he is the proud owner and user of the power tools in our home! He used the instructions found at Simply Notable but with some adjustments to fit my needs. The result of about an hour’s work is an awesome niddy noddy that produces a mini skien with a circumference of approximately 42″.

 How to Make your Own Niddy Noddy for Mini Skeins

Step 1

At the hardware store purchase the following:

  • two 1/2″ copper tees
  • one 5/8″ hardwood dowel

Picture of hardwood dowel and copper T fittings

Step 2

Cut the hardwood dowel into 5 pieces using a mitre saw, table saw or any saw that can perform a resonable 90º cut.

  • 4 3″ pieces
  • 1 10″ piece

Step 3

Sand the dowel pieces all around and, especially, at the ends. Assemble them into offset tees as shown below.

Picture of a large niddy noddy and a small niddy noddy

Once the niddy noddy is assembled you are ready to go! Reskeining minis after they have been dyed makes them look neat, tidy and professional.

2 Niddy Noddies and 2 skeins of yarn

The skeins will be easy to wind into a ball when you are ready to use them!

Signature: Heart Barb



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