Polished up the squirrel as far as I can go with out a pom-pom maker. I have tried making pom-poms with out one and they don't come out too good. Eventually they fall apart. I knit up the body of the hedgehog over the week-end, but I need to spend some time with youtube to figure out some of the crochet. I know the basics of crochet, but I'm not certain what the pattern means by sl1. I'm sure I'll get it once I take the time to learn.
Making any progress on your list?