When I use one of the skeins of RH or similarly priced yarn I usually stand it up in a small wastebasket or coffee can or whatever and work from the outside. I don't have to deal with yarn barf and I don't have the skein collapsing and making a tangled mess to deal with. When it gets down small enough I will wind it from the middle, somehow it's not as messy to do so at that point. Do whatever works best for you. I got sick and tired of that yarn barf and the tangled collapse mess sometime after the first half is used up.
Happiness is catching that dropped stitch while it's still fixable..