Winding a center-pull ball
You could try this method. You might find a way you like here, too. https://www.google.com/#q=how+to+win...a+ball+by+hand
You can put the ball of yarn in a container of some sort to keep it from rolling away. I'm using a basket currently, sometimes I use a coffee can, other times a plastic bag from the store, it depends on what I'm making and what's handy.
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Have you started knitting already? There are lots of free videos here, see tab at top of page, and they're really helpful.