A friend sent me this link yesterday. Anna Hrachovec, the person interviewed on Craftzine has more patience that I think I can muster when it comes to knitting. She has spent the last two years designing and knitting tiny creatures. These are some pretty amazing designs. I'm not sure what I would do with a tiny football, but I sure would love to give it a try in constructing an itty-bitty item like the football or popsicle.
This site has a lot of great information and inspirational stories about some former Etsians who have "made it big" previously. If you're looking for some new encouragement, check it out.