How do you feel about winding hanks into balls? I find it a necessary evil, at best. I'm sure that I would enjoy it much more if I had a yarn swift, but I don't. I really don't buy/get yarn in hanks all that often so that I would really need a yarn swift. But to tell you the truth, to turn even one hank into a nicely wound, ready-to-use ball is enough to necessitate the use of a yarn swift. I have never been able to turn a hank into a ball easily. I get pretty far through the hank and then something bad happens and it no longer flows easily and smoothly. Anyway, this is a hank of Louet Merlin which is a DK weight wool/linen blend. It retails for about $17.00 per 250 yd hank. I did manage to get this one wound with the help of DH "Captain". He held my yarn with his hands outstretched, just as you would imagine a little old man sitting in a rocking chair next to me in my rocking hair. That is love.
I used the ball winder on this step stool because I don't want to scratch the furniture with it's clamp.
You may not have seen a yarn swift, here's a photo of one:
I got this photo from:
but I don't know anything at all about this company, I was just looking for a photo to show you!