I remember that my Grandmother had this star shaped thing with a leg that she wound left over thread on. As she told me, she had lived through three depressions and you didn't waste thread or fabric. All was unpicked and put on that funny star. I saw a picture of a similar one on Pinterest but it wasn't quite the same.
Then I found out it's name. "Odradek". It appeared on one of the knitting blogs I follow written by Kate Davies. It has quite a story and that story has raised a lot off questions. The first being where did it come from to be in my grandmother's possession? It's source seems to be Eastern Europe and I know some of her relatives came from Poland but that isn't even close.
The next was who is this wonderful artist I have never heard of before, Albert Anker? I love his work. Someone else to investigate.