Knitting doesn't have to be an expensive hobby.
Here's what you do when you don't own a swift:
I don't have a ball-winder, either. But I have an All-Natural, Organic Nostepinde:
And, though I now own an honest-to-goodness real-life Lazy Kate, I'll always have a place in my heart for my first Lazy Kate:
Nothing wrong with Lo-Tech...
(And, yes, those are Long Trail bottles. This is Vermont, after all...)