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Don't know if any of you have ever seen this, but this site has some really neat ideas for making toys by knitting or crocheting.. Most are marked as easy.. I'm really wanting to get into both and this makes me want to even more.. My plan would be to make them throughout the year and then give them to a church or something at the end of the year for kids without toys.. Of course the first ones I make will be claimed by my own kids.. :D

http://www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/pa...ition=&searchType=0&I3.x=31&I3.y=11&I3=Search!
 

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The site wouldn't open the search page.

Free amigurumi patterns
http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory/amigurumi.php

Purchase. Cute Christmas collection
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=38931

FYI

http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5943007
"CPSIA is legislation that is passed and will go into effect in February - some is in effect now, that will STOP all handcraft of any item made that "could be used" by any child under the age of 12 unless those items are tested - some individually at approximately $500 each test per item. Also any manufactured item regardless of the size of the business. Can you afford to test all of your materials and your items - and each item could need testing.
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other threads with more info and links to Consumer Products site along with others.

The law passed this past December they are still working out the specifics and have deadlines of different aspects of the law.
By Feb 10 all makers of children toys, apparel and other items will have to be in compliance of lead testing.

Not sure what affect this will have on charitable toys and items donated to children 12 and under??

The dyes used on yarn/fabric must meet the lead level requirements. Any items created with these materials for children will need to be certified by an independent lab and kept on file in the maker's home.

The cost on children related items will certainly be on the rise as well as more bankrupt company's trying to fulfill this latest law.
 

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Thank you for raping the common person again, corporate america.. God forbid somebody try to do something nice or make something themselves..
 

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Yes, their greed in cheap labor and materials from China brought this about with the high lead levels found on children products ,but this is Government responding without alot of thought to consequence as this law is written. Basically, it's overkill, imo.

Kinda in line with NAIS, chipping babies at birth and on and on. sigh
 

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www.allpatterns.com has alot of neat easy crochet and knit toy patterns also. I wonder exactly how the government is going to enforce this new rule. It would almost be impossible. Their best bet would be to enforce using SAFE dyes from companies in the USA and quit allowing imports of stuff from other countries that although CHEAP - is unsafe and toxic. I was at the grocery outlet yesterday and was looking on the boxes of sandwich bags that I was going to buy. Although it said inspected for safety etc. in a US state - it was also stamped elsewhere on the box "Made in China". I didn't buy them. If we would boycott all things NOT made in the USA - maybe manufacturers would get the hint...I'm going to check my yarn from now on....
 
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