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Americans had purchased as well as made their own cloth even in the 1600s. Sales of textiles accelerated in the early 1800s as industrialization made factory-produced cloth more affordable and available to more people. At the same time, many women continued to spin and weave at least some of their own fabric. Even in families that bought most of their cloth, many women still spun wool yarn for knitting. Niddy-noddys like these measured yarn for length and kept it from tangling. One hand held the center vertical piece while the other hand wrapped the yarn around the two horizontal members. Its design inspired the rhyme, "Niddy-noddy niddy-noddy, Two heads and one body."
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