from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tool used to make skeins from yarn, consisting of a central bar with crossbars at each end, offset from each other by 90°.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as niddle-noddle, v. Carlyle.
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You may want to grab a niddy-noddy and figure out what kind of yardage you have in these little balls, or you can just wing it.
The yarn might be wound from the spindle into skeins in another way, -- by using a hand-reel, an implement which really did exist in every farmhouse, though the dictionaries are ignorant of it, as they are of its universal folk-name, niddy-noddy.
As it was at a time of English prohibitions and restrictions of American manufactures, this niddy-noddy, as an accessory and promoter of colonial wool manufacture, was smuggled into the country.
(No niddy-noddy. just up-ended a chair and used the legs.) 2 more washes and the smell was gone.
I need to niddy-noddy them to get the yardage, I think.
But still, after I'd wound it off on the niddy-noddy, the relaxed skeins still looked like something I'd be afraid to bother knitting with.
My hubby works with wood … I was tired of pouting so I went out and bought my niddy-noddy, sort of like the plumbers wife!
" Marsali began winding the thread onto the niddy-noddy, a small, seemingly permanent frown showing between her fair brows.