I saw one of these a couple of months ago and I really wanted to make one for myself. So a trip to Home Depot for a wooden dowel (just a plain one, nothing fancy) I think it is made of pine and some sandpaper and I have a weekend project.
I wanted a 12 inch nostepinne, so I cut the dowel to 13 inches to leave room for sanding and for errors. I sanded, sawed, sanded, shaped, sanded, dampened, sanded, sanded, sanded and finally stained and wiped, stained and wiped.
The final piece came out at 12 & 3/4 inches long and it is 1 inch at the top, tappered to 1/2 inch at the tip. Of course I wanted to do an ornately carved handle with wonderful rings and decorative stains like the ones you find on Etsy, however, for my first one I am quite pleased with how it looks with out all the frills. Tomorrow I will wind me a ball of yarn!! Yeah!