I simply loved the look of this tool; don't think I've gotten the hang of it yet. It's a nostepinne.
No, it's not a nose pin and it's not listed in either Wikipedia or Webster's. That's because it's a Scandinavian word for "ballwinder."
Now, I have a friend whose mother taught her to wind the most beautiful centerpull balls of yarn you can imagine but some of us need a little help in this department. Ahem!
It came without directions, just like my swift. Who sells arcane tools without instructions? So I Googled "nostepinne" and got several instructions, a bit conflicting and surely confusing to the neophyte ball winder. Do I wind it in a figure eight at two angles or just wind it at one angle while turning the tool slowly? Apparently I could end up with a football shaped yarn thing or the more desirable yarn cake that sits flat.
If you see me walking and patting my head and rubbing my stomach one of these days, you will know I am just working up to this. Meanwhile, I'm returning to my "New Wool Winder" with the little hand crank. Pretty hard to do that one wrong (turn clockwise, turn clockwise)!