I finally broke down, after years of winding skeins by hand on the backs of chairs, and I bought a skein winder. This is a luxury item, folks, and it has taken me forever to justify buying one.
The effects were immediate. I have been winding like a...well...winding fiend. And it has been so easy. Watching it wind slowly (I cannot justify buying a ball winder) is wonderfully hypnotizing, especially on a cold windy night by the fireplace.
This swift is terrific and I found it so reasonably priced at etsy.com. This seller was great and I received it within a few days after ordering. I highly recommend him if you are on the prowl for a modestly-priced swift.