There is a very special place in my heart for vintage pattern booklets. There are so many great designers working now, and so many fantastic new patterns being written, but whenever I come across a pattern book from the 80s, I have to pick it up.
I've always had a thing for the 80s-even when I was in college and it was soooo not cool to be into the 80s, I harbored my secret obsession. I love big hair and big accessories, I love pop music, I love goth and punk and the second British invasion. In all my baby pictures my mum is wearing these huge late-80s sweaters, and all my dress up clothes from when I was a kid were old 80s prom and evening dresses.
I was fortunate enough to find these earlier this week in a thrift store, and they feel so homey to me. There are a few things that I could definitely see myself knitting and loving in here (somewhere in here is a pattern for a bobbled cardigan that is my everything), but so far for the most part I keep these around to look at for inspiration or to lift my mood.
I have plenty of other old knitting patterns around, dating back to the 1890s. I have soft spots for pretty much every decade, but I have a weird kind of nostalgia for the 80s, despite not actually having lived through any part of them. I love my entire knitting library, but I am especially fond of these books and pamphlets.