Okay. Here is my secret. It might not be very practical to those of you who don't have children or grandchildren, but it works for me!
We don't know what the name of this toy is. We call it "the doctor's office toy" because they have them in the pediatrician's offices here. Isaac "loans" it to me for unwinding my skeins. I don't know what made me think of it initially, but Bill is very glad that he doesn't have to hold the thread for me! I usually take it from the skein and wrap it around my fingers like my grandmother did. After I get a bit on my fingers, I slip it off and then start wrapping and turning to make a ball. It works for me.
I told our Lady Shuttle Maker the foot thing would never work for me. I'd not be able to reach it! I might have to take up the Hot Yoga thing and see if I can get limbered up. LOL
I hope this will give some of you a new idea and the others a laugh.