I've been putting off knitting the rest of Fair Enough because of having to ball up the skeins of yarn. The yarn is a tad self-sticky, and the layers of yarn overlap in the skein. Each skein takes about an hour, and there are two more to go.
Usually, I get my yarn balled at the store, and I've never had so much trouble winding a ball by hand before. I don't want to buy or make a yarn swift (too much bulk to store). I'm using the grand method of putting the skein on the back of a chair, which seems to be the only trick out there, and it doesn't help a whole lot. Does anyone have any better ideas for balling up yarn without a swift? There must be some sort of duh-smack-the-forehead trick using normal household items. Like a lazy susan and an umbrella, or something like that. Please comment with your suggestions, oh wise reader!