Well, that's a hard one. I'd always want to have a minimum of 3 multi-purpose spindles (rim and shaft weighted, Bosworth and Tabachek are good examples of this) to cover the weight range: 1/2 ounce, 1 ounce, 1-1/2 ounces. But if you're talking favorite, two of my spindles in my way-too-numerous collection are favorite'd:
* My Tabachek Zebrawood/Walnut -- I won it on spindlers, right after I first started spindling and joined the list, in May 2001
* My Hatchtown Amelia. You figure it out. (hint: my name! LOL, but it's not named after me. Well, and it's a terrific spindle.)
Both are in the about 1.1 ounce category, so I guess if the house was burning (let's not think about that) I might grab a Kaari along with the Tabachek and just pretend it's the Amelia. LOL. And I have good house insurance, so you can be sure the spindle collection would be rebuilt ;-)
What's your "gotta have it" spindle? Post it here, on your blog, or share it on spindlers.