My center pull ball winder (aka the cake maker) broke a while back and I haven't really had the urge to replace it. There is something so relaxing about winding a ball of yarn from a hank by hand. Greg usually helps me by holding the yarn while I wind or I drape it over the back of that antique high chair in the picture if he's not around. Once Jorn offered to help me and we ended up joking that sitting still and holding yarn for a knitter while they wind it into a ball should be The 37th Chamber. But tonight I was winding a ball of Eco Wool (almost 500 yards of bulky!) so I had to use my swift to hold it. Even then it took a long time to wind and the ball is huge! Next time, I'd like to try this.