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.