Jane, here are a couple of pictures of the Niddy Noddy..
It is used for winding skeins of yarn.
We have a little visitor or maybe two or three or - - - - who knows how many.
Our little visitor is leaving a stash of food in our garage. We can see him/her/ them coming and going under the garage door, but we don't think that they live in the garage.
Is it a mouse or a vole?
I think it is a vole.
What ever it is, it's very bold and rather cheeky, almost walking over my feet when I was cleaning the bird table.