I'm crocheting Oliver this nice baby afgan. It's using stitches I came up with by myself. Not hard, just time comsuming. I'm using peach colored yarn as so far what Nichole is getting for the new baby is mostly blue and she's already getting sick of the color blue. So what I'm making him, I'm doing in other colors to add variety to his wardrobe. I go looking for a nice layette set or sweater set to go with the afgan. Doesn't have to be the same stitches, if the pattern is simple enough I can work it with the stitches I came up with and use the pattern mainly for size. I go to the store. Walmart here sells yarn fairly cheap, and since yarn is expensive, this is a good thing. No books. No patterns. I'm not happy. Not even any of those little freebie pamphlets that used to hang on endcaps near the yarn. So I go to JoAnn's. They have some.......but I'm poor, I can't shell out the money for the yarn and spend up to 20.00 for a book, 12.00 for a glorified pamphlet for patterns. omg I went to several other places. IF they had patterns they were ridiculously expensive. So I go online. This morning I got a tad obsessive about it. lol I just spent 3 hrs searching. Most of what I came up with were beginner stuff and while not bad, it wasn't what I was looking for. Seems like anyone who has any skill starts charging. Now I don't mind that, but geez, could you at least make it affordable? Then I finally stumble on to sites where they're salvaging and preserving vintage patterns. And I was in heaven. Now days I don't know if crocheters have gotten lazy or are in just too much of a hurry or what......but the patterns are awfully simple and while covering baby, they're just not that attractive. Vintage patterns are the opposite. Exquisite stitching, a ton of detail work, and beautiful. Many of these were offered for free, although you could buy the pdf. books.........and they're also fairly cheap. Now these are the patterns I remember! And were phasing out of printing by the time I was pregnant with Travis. So I gave husband a heart attack as I printed a ton this morning. I had to explain to him that while I found them online......it doesn't mean they'll always BE online. Many sites close for various reasons.....and I may not find them again. And I found a newborn layette for Oliver. Actually 0-3 months so he should be able to wear it in early fall......and Nana will have one ready when he out grows this one. lol It's sort of sad that newer patterns are not this nice. These things don't go out of style. And it makes me think well gee......easy child and Nichole are just getting into this sort of thing and if it weren't for me hunting this stuff down because I KNEW these patterns used to exist......they probably would never find them......and other young people just starting out as well. I wonder if that makes me "officially" old. lol But seriously, if the companies that printed the patterns went back to many of the vintage ones.......they'd sell a ton. A shame.