(update on jute yurt follows)
It's a hammock when suspended horizontally, and it kind of hugs the hamster, which I think pleased her. It doubles as a ladder when hung vertically as in the photo, and she put it to use right away. But get this: she might associate it in her wee hamster mind with the yurt because as she experimented climbing up the "ladder", she made a detour to check in on the yurt before climbing up the ladder some more (see photo below).
It has some design elements that could make it salable/publishable. I didn't set out to design hamster accessories professionally so I have to think about whether I want to try submitting designs like this and if so, to whom!
Update on the yurt: Bob and I are so excited! Just when you think National Crochet Month can't get any better, there are signs of nibbling on the jute yurt! This is like when you crochet gifts for people and they either USE them or they store them. Crocheters usally want the recipient to USE the gifts (so that they can make MORE gifts to replace them, right?). When a hamster uses a crocheted gift, it shows its appreciation by nibbling on it and you know it's sincere, not just trying to make you feel good.
As you can see, we tried flipping it over to become a nest-like nook and then added some fluff. It gets lots more action this way. She also loves to find a nut or seed in it here and there.