I was looking for something to make for ferrets and found references to egg toys. The instructions I found said to put unpopped popcorn into a child's plastic easter egg, tape it closed and crochet around it with acrylic yarn. I didn't want to use organic material that might mold and I didn't like the idea of using tape or the acrylic yarn. Ferrets can easily get intestinal blockages and if they ingest tape or acrylic yarn I'm sure that could cause a nasty one.
I decided to use cheap plastic beads for the rattle, my favorite are the "snowflake" beads that were popular in the 1970's. I found some size 3 cotton thread in my stash and crocheted tightly around the egg to keep the pieces together instead of using tape. Because I didn't use any organic material they can go in the washer with the ferret bedding and they air dry pretty quickly. I gave the first ones I made to my ferrets to test them out. I also gave some to the shelter where we adopted 3 of our 4 ferrets. The shelter moms love them because they are safe for the ferrets and they wash up easily. The ferrets like them because they make noise and even the smallest can get a grip on the egg to carry it off. I didn't really use a pattern for these because the plastic eggs are all different sizes. If you can crochet in the round, and increase and decrease you can make these toys.
I'm going to add my voice to those thanking you for the patterns Angry Angel. I've been lurking in the thread hoping you would write them down and put them up for us. They're all adorable and I can't wait to get started on making a few as Christmas tree ornaments. Thank you again (and again) for sharing these.
She might like a sleep sack and they are easy to make. Get some polar fleece (make sure your baby will fit) and sew up the long side so it makes a tube now sew one end closed. Turn it right side out and sew the other end closed and stuff it into the tube. Some people like to sew the corners down on their sleep sacks, others don't.
Edit: Some ferrets have to be taught to sleep in hammocks, I had to teach my Nigel when he first came home from the pet store. He thought it was a game at first, but he does fine in them now.
Thanks for the information Countess, I wanted to check out the website but it wouldn't load for me. I'll put the date on my calendar anyway.
We finally made it up here at long last but I've been sticking pretty close to home. The Guide is a 2 hour bus ride from here and I don't have any money to spend right now anyway. I have been to Joanne's, Michael's, Value Village, and the farmer's market though.
Thanks for the information everyone. Everything mentioned sounds like it's worth checking out. I read in the Herald that there's a farmer's market up in Kendall with some crafters selling their wares on Sundays, it sounds like a neat trip too. We've had a few more setbacks and my daughter and I aren't moved up to Bellingham yet, but hopefully in a few weeks we'll finally be there.
The ferret shelter I volunteer with does outreaches to educate people about ferret ownership and the things that ferrets need to be safe and comfortable. We take a cage, litter box, water bottle, hammock, etc. to these outreaches to illustrate a comfy cage set up. One of the ladies I work with has back problems and has trouble with all this stuff. I would love to make her a miniature cage set up to take with her to make it easier on her back. I think your crocheted ferret would be a good start to this plan, plus it's Cute with a capital c.
We are not quite up there yet. We had some troubles getting a loan for a house but they seem to be over now. My husband starts his job next week but I will be staying here with our daughter and four ferrets until the house closes. Michaels and Value Village are on or near Guide Meridian, so that looks like a good place to start. I missed the soap making store when we were up last month. There was a bookstore in the Fairhaven area, near the bead store that looked like it had potential. I found a web site for what looks like a fairly large yarn store in Bellingham but I forgot to bookmark it. I shall have to backtrack and see if I can find it again. I can not wait to get up there and go on a "craft crawl".
I don't know much about Portland happenings but I do know of a fairly big Christmas bazaar south of Portland. It happens in Rickreall at the Polk county fairgrounds sometime in November I believe and there are lots of people there. The last time I went it was hard to move around because there were so many people there. Location might have something to do with it, it's just off of the main route to the big casinos in NW Oregon. Salem has a fairly new Saturday market that runs all summer. I'm told that Portland's Saturday market is bigger and better though. Portland also has the Rose Festival that runs for most of June, I'm sure they have vendors around the city for that. There are lots of smaller local festivals all summer here in the valley and a lot of them like to have vendors who make their own wares. Weather here in the Willamette valley is fairly mild from about mid-April to early-October. We get the occasional wind storm during the fall and winter months, and it can be pretty rainy during fall, winter, and spring. All in all, it's a pretty nice place to live.