Eyes closed. I've used that trick with other things but not loading film. Will try it tonight.
I've had some stainless reels sitting around for a while but was a bit "afraid" of them. Decided to try one a week ago. Did a single practice roll and felt at home with it immediately (though I've spent a lot of time dealing with things like rope winding, on the water and climbing, so the feeling of it wasn't entirely foreign).