You could make a yarn swift that spins while you wind. There are fancy ones with ball winders, but there are also simpler ones that look easy to make. Search Amish yarn swifts and you will see what I mean.
Thanks for the idea, Karen. I found this tutorial for making one that looks nice and not too difficult: http://www.instructables.com/id/SewUseful:-Portable-Tabletop-Yarn-Swift-for-windi/
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