This mess inspired a little amazon shopping, and I found this Tabletop Amish Style Wooden Yarn Swift. Because of the Amazon advertising fees I have earned from the purchases made by my readers (thanks, dad!) I had a little gift card to make this purchase possible!
And then today, it arrived! The Amish style yarn swift is great for the knitting hobbyist, it breaks down quickly and is easy to store. You can also get a Nostepinne (a Scandinavian invention) for making center pull balls the old fashioned way. This swift is definitely not as quick as the Wooden Swift Yarn Winder's that expand and collapse, but it does get the job done without the headache of knotting up your hanks.
In other news, I knit a tiny pink sweater today... It is for my niece's "Birthday Tree" and turned out so sweet that I may have to knit more tiny things. But, the real question is... does this tiny sweater count as one of my twelve? I think yes!