February 1, 2018

How To Use A Niddy Noddy

If you want to make a niddy noddy, check out this post where I show you how to make one on the cheap out of PVC!

DIY Niddy Noddy From PVC

Today we're making a niddy noddy out of PVC! If you're not sure what to do with a niddy noddy check out this post where I show you how to use one. Typically when you buy one, it is made of wood, but PVC has three major advantages for most people. First, it's water proof. This can come in handy if you've ever had to add a bit of tension when you're washing handspun or commercial yarn. Two, it's very cost effective. I purchased all of the materials except the saw for around $5. If you don't have a saw on hand, ask your hardware store to cut the items to the right size for you. Most stores have someone who can help or even a self-serve cutting station. The last advantage to a PVC niddy noddy is the fact that you can make one yourself so easily! So let's get started!

To make the niddy noddy you will need the following:
  • 1/2 inch PVC pipe. I purchased a 5 ft. length.
  • Two 1/2 inch PVC slip tees
  • Four 1/2 inch slip caps
  • A cutting instrument. I am just using a handsaw.
  • Sandpaper (optional)
Step 1:

Cut the PVC Pipe to the following sizes 
  • 6 inch piece x 4
  • 18 inch piece (makes a 2 yd niddy noddy)
If you would like to make a niddy noddy of a different size, replace the 18 inch piece with a 13.5 inch piece to make a 1.5 yard niddy noddy or a 9 inch piece to make a 1 yd niddy noddy. If you purchased the 5 ft length of pipe like I did, you will have enough to make an interchangeable sized niddy noddy by cutting one of the other lengths to swap out with the middle piece when needed. Your usage will vary, but I use the 2 yard and the 1 yard options most frequently.

Step 2 (optional):

Sand any rough edges.

Step 3:

Place the 6 inch pieces in the side openings of the tee joints.

Step 4:

Place end caps on the exposed ends of the PVC pipe. You should now have something that resembles the letter I.

Step 5:

Place the longer piece of PVC in the lower opening of both the tee joints.

Step 6:

Hold one end at the tee joint and turn it 90 degrees so that it makes a cross with the other end of the niddy noddy.

There you have it! Your very own niddy noddy! Click here for a video showing how to use it to make hanks of yarn!

January 24, 2018

#42 - Answer To Everything

So...it's been so long since I last updated! Unfortunately after I recorded and updated in July, life really got messy and it's taken me a long time to get back at it. I have missed this so much and I am very glad to be here typing and making Youtube videos again.

I've made a few videos on Youtube since I last updated the website. Rather than spread them out into individual posts, I'm just going to embed my latest podcast below and include the show notes after. I did make a couple other recent videos so I'll just link them. Catching Up is where I talk about what's been going on and it's like a mini-podcast but not a podcast. 2018 Goals is where I talk about my goals for the year. That title was pretty obvious!

Onto the podcast, which I am no longer calling Show and Tells from this point forward. I will be updating the site here to reflect that this week. <3

I will be doing a video on hand knit socks so if you have questions, please let me know!


- My husband and I went and saw Waitress. It was such a fun musical and I loved it!

- I'm still plugging away on the January Cure. So far, it has made a huge difference. There was a death in the family and I had to get things ready to host family in very short order. Because my house was mostly already tidy, I just had to do a few things versus feeling like I needed to clean my house top to bottom.


- The baby hat was a pattern made up by me on the fly after looking at a few google image searches. :) I used Vanna's Choice in Sage and Linen. 

- Prairie Socks is a pattern by Kay Jones, that was a gift from Amy. The yarn was A Yarn Well Spun in the Gaffer's Garden colorway. When looking for the link to her shop, I found out she has changed her name to Rhapsody in Hue

- I spun up some beautiful fiber from Brenda and Heather Yarns in the Peacock colorway. It was a blend of superwash and non-superwash merino and Tussah silk! So gorgeous and easy to work with!


- Hobbledehoy battlings in the Space Opera colorway. This has been a WIP for me for a very long time and one of my goals for 2018 is to finish it up. This is specifically part of the #2018makenine challenge.

- I've been working on a hotpad/potholder, but it went awry and I frogged it, but since I'm still working on it, it totally counts as a WIP! I'm using Lily Sugar n' Cream in Natural Stripes.


- Bright pack of cotton loops and a set of just white loops for my 10 inch potholder loom. All of these are the Harrisville Designs brand. I'm including affiliate links to the ones I purchased on Amazon. 

- My friend Amy has launched a new Etsy store called Rain Barrel Designs and you all should check it out! She sent me 4 bags (!!!) as well as some other goodies as a gift and oh, I love them all!