Drops Design of Norway again offers an Advent Calendar featuring free patterns for a variety of knit & crocheted gifts. http://www.garnstudio.com/julekalender.php?lang=us
This Fiber Trends Felted Birdhouse Ornaments pattern is available from PATTERNFISH. "Cheerful decorations that are quick and easy to make," avers Runstrom. "You will want sets in a variety of colors to fit the seasons." I love it when the 'materials needed' section contains the words: "twig for perch". And the using-up-scraps factor is off the charts; since the base takes about 15 yards and the roof 13 yards, you can be frugal and clever and a great house-decorator all at once.