Right now, I'm in love with center pull balls. I used Amy's video and my thumb to wind the ball and a chair back to hold the hank.
I actually find that the lamb's pride center pull log things work well. Yes, they do vomit a bit, but once you've worked through that, the rest of it works nicely. I don't work out of a basket or bowl though... I just set the skein on my couch and pull as necessary.