I love to waste WAY too much time admiring others' work and searching for and reading patterns. This has lead me to form the opinion that, if you are not too picky, one need NEVER pay for a pattern for what one may want to make. For example, I am making a quilt from a pattern here: www.freespiritfabric.com/core-pages/patterns.php . I'd like to test my theory. Tell me something you want to sew, knit, crochet, etc...and I'll post a link to a pattern or tutorial. I can find it! Just leave a comment to play with me.
*edit--I still will buy patterns. But, sharing is fun!