So I sat down with my supplies to attempt my first hat. Nice alpaca yarn, two skeins, not wound into a ball or in a workable roll, just skeins. I had hand wound some yarn I spun myself so i thought no problem, I will just make a ball by hand. It seemed like in seconds I had a mess of yarn. Fighting the urge to pull hard I worked the length I had into a ball, worked it through the maze, wound some more, worked the maze, shook it, wound some more. As I type this I still have a mess but this is me taking a break so as not to get even more frustrated. I will be taking the second one back to the store and having them wind it on that thingamajig that does it in seconds versus the hour or so it will take me. Sigh.