A niddy noddy is a simple tool that is used to make a skein of your hand-spun yarn straight off the wheel. The yarn can then be washed, dyed and the twist set. Setting the twist is very important if you want balanced, professional looking yarn. The unusual name comes from the action of the skeiner. The faster you wind, the more the skeiner develops a niddy noddy action. One crossbar is rotated 90 degrees from the other.
Before removing the skein from the niddy noddy, tie loosely in four places. You can now wash or dye the yarn. Many people then hang a weight (can of soup) in the bottom of the loop and hang to dry to set the twist.
From Ashford, this is their standard niddy noddy. Made from New Zealand hardwood and comes unfinished. The end pieces come off for easy flat storage. Makes a five foot skein.