Historic Tools of North Castle

Yarn Winder

Yarn winders were used for winding and measuring yarn.  The tool has four spindle arms attached to a worm gear that pops the weasel as the arms go around counting the length of the yarn.  Yarn winders are also known as Niddy Noddy, Knitty Knotty, Nostepine, Spinners weasel, Clockenhen, Clock reel, Swift, Skein winder or Ball winder.  


It is believed that the children's nursery rhyme, Pop Goes the Weasel, came about as the result of the popping sound of the yarn winder's weasel.  According to the story:

The spinner on the yarn winner was called the weasel

The metal pins on the wooden gear was the monkey

The monkey chases around the wheel until the proper number of revolutions took place and then it crawls out of site under the wood.

When it releases it makes a POP sound.

Children stood and watched as the yarn winder spun the yarn and were surprised when it made the popping sound.


Reference:  https://antiques.lovetoknow.com/antique-yarn-winder

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Location:Floor in Front of Panel 5
Length: 70 cm
Width: 48 cm
Height: 94 cm
Weight: 6803 g