Last night I made my first attempt to use my new swift and ball winder. #1 Son, who apparently did not know our camera could take video, held the camera, and The Princess (no new name yet) assisted with technicalities. (Pure Luck is dimly in the background, at his computer.)
It did not help that the swift came with no directions at all, nor that the ball winder's instructions were translated, sort of, from Japanese. For example:
3. FOR FITTING BOBBIN INTO BOBBIN HOLDER
1) Fit bobbin in bobbin holder in a right position.
2) Keeping bobbin holder by hand, turn bobbin to left by another hand as far as it goes.
I have seen exactly one swift in action, at Quarterstitch in New Orleans in December of 2006 and again this March, although I did not observe closely either time.
The film appears to end in catastrophe, but all was well in the end, I assure you. Yarn wound, I did what my children had wished all along and watched an episode of "Lost."