My honey and I are anticipating not one, but TWO new family members soon. After a Lenten season of planning and preparing, and an Easter weekend trip out of town, we’re going to come back and find ourselves new pets – a pair of rats!

We are keeping an eye on some breeders and animal rescues. Once we’re back in town for a while and have the attention to give to acclimate them, we’ll go discover just who will be joining our family. This will be our first pets together, and the first rats that either of us have had. We’ve been doing research, of course, and anticipating their needs and desires as much as we can. Right now, we’re turning our DIY crafty selves toward building toys and other accessories for a happy-making cage.

Here is my first completed project: a pocket hammock, based on this pattern.

It’s made of fleece (a great fabric for rats), cotton double-fold bias tape, and metal grommets (that I just learned how to attach!). The brown stripe down the middle is the trim of a pocket opening extending to the right. This will hang horizontally near the top of the cage, by attachments we haven’t decided on yet.

More to come!

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