Someone designed a swift for $1.50 out of stuff they had around the house. Awesome!
Michael? You said you had a dismal experience knitting from the skein? ("Therein lies madness" is the stock phrase for whenever this situation might come up.) This is the solution, if you can't get someone to hold the skein for you mid-wind. Actually, hand over your adorable puppy and I'll wind anything you damn well like.
Yesterday evening was spent with the best East Bay knitters ever. I made them pose for iPhone contacts and each one was perfectly glam right off the bat. Alisha made malted marshmallow which requires the second "Awesome!" of the post. Alisha has officially given endentured servitude the bird and has started her own patisserie: Reverie.