I have a fancy-schmancy pompom maker...in storage. I use it about, oh, once a year. Apparently 2007's moment was this weekend. I didn't see the reason to buy a second version of a seldom-used item.
What's a knitter to do? Improvise! I simply wrapped the yarn around two outstretched fingers, tied the yarn together tightly when I was finished, and then snipped the ends apart.
Not too bad. The pompom needs some serious trimming before it's evenly round, but even the ones that I produce on my pompom maker require this step.
I'm not sure if it's a good sign that I'm learning to work around the things that I have in storage.