The letter this week is N, and N stands for Niddy Noddy.
Niddy-noddy, niddy-noddy, two heads and one body
The niddy-noddy is a spinner's good friend that enables her/him to wind wool directly from the bobbin after spinning or plying and measure the length of the wool at the same time.
Wikipedia has a very informative article here which explains the use and value of the niddy-noddy to spinners who must remove the yarn they have made from the bobbin into skeins for washing or dyeing.
I can attest to this, having had many skeins of wet wool weighted down at the bottom and hanging from shower heads or pinned to coat hangers, - practically as good as wet nylons in the business of irritating husbands.
A niddy-noddy can be quite elegant when it is made out of wood, lathed and polished, or it can be very practical if made at home from PVC - instructions can be found here in a great blog written by DoctorDirt and entitled As the Yarn Turns.
Are you a knitter? Do you have some knitted wool you want to salvage or recycle? A niddy-noddy is your answer.....as seen here on scarlet-zebra.com.
For more interpretations of the letter N pop over to ABC Wednesday - you never know what you will learn.....