I made a PVC pipe niddy noddy that makes 1 yard skeins. I do have a 2 yard Kromski niddy noddy but found that sometimes I wanted a smaller length skein. The supplies came to $4.81, which is enough to make 2 niddy noddys. It does the job, but its not as nice as my wooden Kromski.
The idea of making a spindle has come up few times in fiber conversations. My friend Vanessa mentioned polymer clay and after seeing the spindle varieties at the Spin City meetup, I decided to make a mini one out of polymer clay. It Works! I spun a little bit and Andean 2 plied it. Already thinking about some fun patterns/designs I can make with the clay.