To help keep my working thread clean and to stop knots forming in the thread I do the following
I insert one of my thicker knitting needles into a pin cusion and put my reel of thread over it.
Works in the same principle as attaching your reel of thread to a sewing machine, winds off easily as you go.
I found a little silver bowl and made a pincushion to fit, I filled the pincushion with birdseed and then decorated it with the famous silk ribbon roses. Just shows you how long I have had the pincushion.
Seeing the photograph, I think it is time I made a new one.
I wonder how many sewing needles are buried in it.
I also found an old silver pepper pot in which now houses my talcum powder.
Looks so much prettier on my desk than a large container, after all one only needs a little powder at a time. All miniature knitters need a little baby talc for those sweaty hands!