Stop using your thumb or broom stick to wind a center-pull ball of yarn! This nostepinne can do the job for you. The nostepinnes are approximately 10 3/4 inches long (definitely long enough to wind a large ball of worsted or even chunky yarn) and have a nice smooth finish, but not too smooth where the yarn will just slip around when starting your ball. They come with a loop through the handle to hang on a peg as well as directions.
The total length is 10 3/4 inches. The handle area is 5 1/4 inches. The winding area is 5 1/2 inches.