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Monday, February 21, 2011

I Need a Niddy Noddy!!!

Tessie made me do it! Honest! I couldn't stand to see the floor loom just sitting on a bookshelf all by itself. It looked lonely.

When I cleaned out the workroom over the weekend, I found my other Houseworks room box kit like the one that I did for the Colonial Kitchen.

These are really nice because each has a window and door stamped in the walls that you can or cannot use at will. They can also be mirrored by flipping the walls.

I am doing this with a mirror image to the kitchen. The window and door have been shifted to opposite sides. All I have left to do is glue the ceiling in place....That's as far as the raw box goes...I didn't mean that I was done. I don't work that fast.

As you can see, Tessie has already laid claim to it. That's how I got the title for this one.

I dug out my two real life swifts and my yarnwinder for copying.

Tessie immediately climbed onto the Italian swift and excitedly yelled, "Spin it fast! Faster! Faster!!!"

She is using it for a primative merry go round of sorts.

The other swift, that clamps to the table is from Sweden. And yes, I do use them. They are wonderful for turning hanks of yarn into balls. You simply untwist the hank of yarn into a circle and stretch it over the arms of the swift and then from there, you use the ball winder to make the hanks into balls. Much easier than doing it by hand.

I decided to show you how they work with the Swedish one. Since I spoiled her seat for riding, she is now happily spinning on top of the knob in the center of that one....Still screaming, "Make it go faster! I have a need for speed!"

As I finished winding the ball, she fell off and staggered to the edge of the desk. I had to grab the tail on her shawl to keep her from tumbling over.

She looked at me and said sternly, "OK. Enough foolishness! Those things make me dizzy. I need a niddy noddy! Now!"

For those of you that aren't familiar with niddy noddies, they are another form of swift. They are a spindle with a cross bar at each end that are at right angles to one another. They are usually made a certain length so that the user can measure the yarn by the number of wraps on the impliment.

They don't spin or bob up and down or even move if the user doesn't wish them to. I do believe that Tessie is right. She needs a niddy noddy. She will still be a dizzy witch, but it won't be from a merry go round.

If you are curious about niddy noddies please go here for a history lesson. It's fun.

See you tomorrow.


Leahelizabth said...

So far I try to vote everyday

Trish Logan Hillery said...

Hi there, I've been following your blog for about 3 months and absolutely love it. I even share it with my 130 middle school English students some days!! I'm new to the world of minis and today am launching a site; I'd love if you could check it out, and hopefully add me to your list of blogs and maybe follow mine, if you like. Thanks and keep up the great work.

Caseymini said...

Leahelizabth, Thanks for the votes and please keep coming back.

Trish, I went and looked at your blog and became your first follower. One of the things that you probably should do is put on an e mail address so that people can contact you in another way besides comments. I will be interested to see your blog come to life.

Glenda said...

Hi - I'm always happy when following your blog!
There's a lady on Etsy who makes mini waeving tools - niddy noddies, carders, etc -

I'm still voting for you :D

Minka's Studio said...

Where did you get that loom? I used to weave. This type of loom (or something close to it) is called a witch. Thought that might be of interest to you and Tessie!

Caseymini said...

Minka, the loom is one of Warren Dick's handcrafted pieces. I have wanted one for a LONG time. I found it at the TMS show this year at a bargain price. I couldn't pass it up. It is one of my favorite things in mini. Thanks for the info. I didn't know that. Tessie will be thrilled. A loom named just for her!LOL

Eleanore Woods said...

Where did you get that swift? I've never seen one like it before. How many yards dose is hold?

Caseymini said...

Eleanore, there are two separate swifts in the photos. One, the stand is weighted and the other clamps to the table. I got them both at thrift shops. They were both originally from Europe.

I imagine that you could find them on line. Be prepared to pay a pretty good price for them. I got them for just a few dollars, but I went to look for them on the net and new, they were around fifty dollars, as I remember.

They hold a full skein of any yarn or thread that I have ever put on them. Good luck in finding one.