I get the impression I wasn't totally clear in my post yesterday.
As for myself, I am quite liberal when it comes to creative licenses. If you're knitting up one of my patterns, and you want to change something so the toy is more to your liking, feel free! Heck, I've seen someone knit a moose from my lamb pattern. I'm quite happy if my patterns encourage you to be more creative. I don't think I ever knit a pattern without changing something.
It's when selling gets involved that things become a little sticky. I'm sure you can all understand why I wouldn't want anyone else selling copies of my patterns. As for toys, if you're thinking of selling toys made from my patterns, I would appreciate if you would contact me directly and we can discuss it.
What got me upset was that people might be using my patterns to violate someone else's copyright. Because, well, it would make me look bad, and because I like Julie and don't want to see her upset. If she wants to be the only one selling toys like that, we should all respect her right to make that choice, and help her protect her business by being honest. It's really about reciprocity - treating others how you would like to be treated.
Ergh. Sometimes these things seem so simple in my head, but get very complicated once they're out there for everyone to read. For future reference, I always try to write exactly what I mean, and not put anything between the lines :)
By the way, if you're interested, read what Julie had to say.