Sunday, December 21, 2008

Crochet patterns via PDF file

It's the last "Etsy Sunday" post before Christmas, and just when you thought you couldn't possibly order and receive an Etsy item in time for Christmas, along come enterprising souls like Amber with her Etsy shop Curls of Sunshine, selling not only her handmade items themselves, but also her patterns for crochet toys and dolls. And with today's technology, wham! you order the pattern and it's e-mailed to you as a PDF file, which you can then print and put in an envelope for your favorite crafter's Christmas stocking. (And if you're the crafter yourself, you can use these patterns to make these fabulous gifts yourself, though you may need a little more time!)

My personal favorite is the "Amigurumi Dinosaur" pictured above. If you're not familiar with the term "amigurumi", it's the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals or other anthropomorphic "creatures" (such as a personable little piece of sushi with a face). I don't know if the Japanese invented the concept of "cute", but they certainly have mastered it! I also love the puppy, and there are many others to choose from, including a monkey, an alien, and a bumblebee. These patterns are protected under a Creative Commons license, which means you can use the pattern, but not for commercial or retail purposes.

What: Crochet patterns via PDF file
Where: Curls of Sunshine (an Etsy shop)
How much (as of today's post):
$2.50-$4.50 apiece (no shipping cost!)

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