I've already mentioned that Interweave Press publishes some of the best magazines out there for people who are interested in working with yarn, fabric, or beads, and I've posted about their new-ish sites, Knitting Daily and Beading Daily (the latter is now open).
But I've also been talking about knitted and crocheted toys a lot this month, and on that note, Interweave sent out a press release last week that bears further discussion: they are releasing nine free toy patterns for Knitting Daily readers. Pattern designers include Louisa Harding and Kristin Nicholas, among others, so you know the patterns will be cool. Although not all have been featured on Knitting Daily yet, all the patterns seem to be listed in the toy category.
The press release ties these patterns into the general concern raised by the recent toy recall, but whether the toys on the shelf at the store are toxic or not, something handmade is always wonderful. (I know I'm thinking of making the crocheted lamb as a Christmas present for my mother-in-law, who collects sheep.) If you don't have someone to make these for, why not consider making one for charity? They'd make such a nice present for a sick or orphaned child.