Of course, the first skein I wanted to wind ended up being a ginormous disaster and was such a tangly mess, I ended up tossing the yarn wad into my suitcase and letting my mom untangle it when I got there. I really thought I had the outside strand when I started winding!
My mom got me a winder and swift for Christmas. Actually, we ended up waiting for New Year's so we could use a 40% off coupon. We ended up getting both for the price of one. Nice! I still haven't used them, and now I feel like a real dope. Last night I needed to wind some yarn, but I was intimidated by the winder, and this wasn't even a job that would involve the swift (which is the more daunting apparatus, right?)
I ended up winding the yarn by hand center-pull style the way I learned a a while ago from SNB. Now that I see your pretty work, I feel like a complete dope. I should have just used the winder and gotten a nice tidy little ball out of it. Not that my hand-wound ball isn't nice, but I am thinking the winder would have gone faster and made a more even ball. Duh. I have more to do tonight. Maybe I'll take a few shots of liquid courage and finally pull that winder out of the box, lol.
My DH made me a swift right after Christmas, using the website cookworm mentioned. Instead of using velcro strips he attached pegs to the bottoms of the wooden strips to go into holes he drilled in the lazy susan. He also put several holes in the strips, for large and small hanks. it works GREAT with a ball winder made from a cordless drill. I'm thinking of buying the ball winder itself, because I'm too lazy to go to the garage. then again, that $ could buy yarn.