Perhaps my cold has made me forget something obvious, but I have a question:

What is there on a spindle or spinning wheel that could possibly be pointy enough for fairy-tale characters to prick their fingers? I can’t imagine all of that fuss being made over the hook at the top of a spindle, nor can I imagine anyone stabbing themselves with the shaft of a spindle like my Bosworth drop-spindles. I haven’t used a lot of wheels (okay, I’ve spun on one wheel, once or twice), but I don’t remember there being something sharp that someone could accidentally stab themselves with.

This post brought to you by a late-night, cold-induced online perusal of wheel prices.