Straw into Gold, Part 2

I have homework. Since in our second spinning class, we’ll be learning how to turn our newly-spun fibers into relaxed and ready yarn, I needed to finish spinning what I had, then wind it onto a niddy-noddy. Our teacher suggested making the niddy-noddy out of pvc pipe. This is a great idea, since I don’t know of anywhere in town to buy one, and I won’t have to wait to have one shipped. Also, this gives DH a reward for driving me to class.

So, after class, we drove to Lowe’s and got our pvc pipe and connectors. That evening, we measured and cut the pipe. This part was interesting. I’ve seen pictures, but since I’ve never seen a niddy-noddy in the wild, I had no idea how big it should be. Based on how big a store-bought skein of yarn usually is, we settled on about 15 inches. It does look very big, but we can always cut it shorter if we need to. Making it longer won’t really be a problem either, if we need to do that, since there is enough left over for another of 18″ or more. Taking a wild guess, we cut each cross piece about 3 inches.

niddy-noddy made of pvc pipe

diy niddy-noddy

I am using a wheel of Noro “Rainbow Roll” roving. (See picture on previous post.) This is great to start with, since a lot of the work has been done already. I still don’t know how to take a bag of roving and turn it into something spinnable. I hope that will be addressed this Saturday. (The class is only two Saturdays.)

It was so exciting to be making my first strand of yarn! I wanted to keep that thing going forever, but eventually had to admit that my spindle seemed to be full.

drop spindle is full

I think it’s done now.

So now I need to figure out how to wind it onto the niddy-noddy. I have never niddy-nodded before, so this could be entertaining.

Buttercup to the rescue

Never fear; the cat is here.

Buttercup came over to supervise, so all will be well. After all, who knows more about yarn than cats? (Except maybe sheep.)