I am kicking myself!
Don't worry, it is only figuratively!
I had a pom pom maker from my childhood. It was the perfect pom pom maker. You put various plastic pieces together and wound the wool around halves which you clicked together, cut the strands, wrapped and tied, then unsnapped everything and fluffed and trimmed. I found it while cleaning out my Dad's placed when we sold it. I kept it and about 6 months ago while cleaning up I decided I would never use it and memories take up space.
I am trying to finish a baby hat for my photographer friend to use as a prop on a newborn shoot and I need two beautiful fluffy pom poms. Yes, there are others on the market (I am making one out of corrugated plastic) but I had a perfect one just 6 months ago.
Oh well, one day I will find the perfect blend of pack rat and neat freak!