I came up with a solution for 2 problems. One, keeping my string in a useable form and out of sight of little ones (and teenagers that find 101 uses for it). Two, justifying keeping my new blue enamel teapot.
spend an hour looking for string.
Spend half an hour untangling string.
Wind string into ball (for the second time).
Poke the end of string through the holes inside the teapot where the spout joins. Then shake and tap until the other end falls out the bottom.
Admire, show DH how clever you are and take photos :)
I didn't think anyone would care about the sifter I bought at the Oppy last week but me so I just took a cursory shot. Here it is showing a bit more.
I even found the history of the company. It has to have been made prior to 1984 as that is when all manufacturing for the company moved off-shore. It is in pretty good nic. The painted handle has chips and scratches but it is nice and clean and in good condition generally.
I found a similar green anodised sifter on ebay if you are interested though not in as good condition.