Before I got my swift, I used a lampshade. Just unscrew the finial so the shade can swivel on the post, put your hank around it, and begin winding. It turns nicely.
It's not perfect. If you get moving too fast, the lamp shade (at least the one I was using) starts to levitate like a helicopter and eventually can spin itself right off the post.
Also, some hanks are bigger (in circumference), so they slip right over the shade.
Also, the shades in my house tend to be (ahem) covered in cat fur, which can make your yarn likewise.
So -- a good stopgap, but a swift is better!