Nostepinne, also spelled nostepinde, are traditional Swedish winding sticks to produce center pull balls of yarn. By winding the yarn on a fixed diameter "noste", a ball is produced that can supply yarn from the outside of the ball, from the inside (so the ball does not want to roll about), or both simultaneously to twist the two together to make a thicker two-ply yarn.
A right handed person typically will hold the handle (shorter) end in the left hand. The "noste" is rotated by the middle, ring and little fingers, the winding shaped by the thumb and first finger, and the yarn wound by the right hand from a skein or hank. A number of weavers’ Youtube videos show the nostepinne in use.
Light and comfortable in the hand, they are offered in two styles. Grooves for three fingers keep the noste in place in one style. A cuff in the other style, whether between the thumb and first finger or between the first and middle fingers, keeps the noste from moving laterally in your hand. Slightly different diameters in each style accomodate different hand sizes. The nostepinnes are usually available in several different woods such as cherry, (South American) mahogany, purpleheart, sapelle (African mahogany), and walnut. A very durable but thin clear varnish finish provides a very satisfying wood feel and allows gentle soap and water cleanup when needed.