There is this marvelous website/database for knitters and crocheters (www.ravelry.com). I've been a member for several months, but I just dug into it for the first time tonight. There are innumberable patterns for everything from things like what I've made, such as sweaters, hats, & scarves to intricate shawls like this one (which someone at Rosie's has made in red, and it displays beautifully in the window)
(Bird's Eye Shawl by Sharon Miller)
to some slightly odder shawls like this
(Manipura by Persones llanes, kamikazeknits)
to adorable toy frogs and turtles like these.
(Freddy Frog by Stormy'z Crochet)
Within one hour, I had downloaded 59 patterns. 75% of them have techniques in them that I can't even pronounce, the other 25% are crochet patterns. Hmmm, I think I'll just stick with my boring brown basic socks for tonight and dream about making something breathtakingly extravagant - like everyone else in Knitting Circle.