How have I worked with yarn for 32 years and never heard of a nostepinne?
Wow. That makes me sound old doesn't it? I'm only 40 years old. I started my yarny obsessions early.
So how have I gotten through my yarny life without learning about this fabulous little piece of folk equipment? Who needs a fancy schmancy yarn winder when you have a nostepinne nearby? You can wind your own center-pull balls of yarn using only a stick and some knowledge.
This is how it happened:
I was browsing on Ravelry, when I saw a picture of a ball of yarn wound around a piece of wood in someone's project page. I thought, "What is that?" So off I went to google "yarn winders" until I found something that looked a little like a small chair leg. That was it! It's called a nostepinne.
I found these instructions from The Woolery. It looked intriguing. I must try it.
My first thought was to make something similar. After all, I found a video on YouTube of a lady using a wooden spoon as a nostepinne. In the end, I discovered that my Hobby Lobby actually had some hanging on the wall with the knitting needles. Who knew?
So I bought it and came straight home to try it out. (Thankfully, Hubby is as fascinated with folk technologies as I.) It takes a little practice, but I think I'm gonna like winding on the nostepinne. Plus, it's fun to say "nostepinne."
So if you've never heard of a nostepinne before, you have now been informed. Isn't the yarny world fun?