I ordered some yarn from the internet, and it came as a big, ugly hank. I don't own a swift or ball winder, and I would feel bad about asking to use the equipment at the yarn shop across town, since I didn't buy the yarn there. So, I tried finding instructions on how to wind the ball myself, by hand. I cut the ties holding the hank together, laid it out neatly on my bed, and started unraveling from one end. This is what hapened after about, oh, say, 4 ft of yarn:
Why does yarn come as anything BUT center-pull balls, anyway?