In the absence of a swift or a handy kid, this chair worked just fine for winding the skein of wool into balls. Enough resistance to hold onto the skein without chasing after the free yarn end, but no snagging in the process.
And here's total respect for quality, speaking of old style. Complete skein of pure wool, lace weight, several hundred yards. Color uniform throughout. Not a single knot. Perfectly balanced ply. I repeat: no knots.
I only rolled it into four parts in case I needed to use it double. And it's more wieldy in separate balls. There won't be knots in the finished product, either. I'll spit splice where needed.
Now I have to look out fine hooks.. I'm really into this. Storms in progress so I may as well be occupied indoors.