I’ve just had a surprise parcel delivered, it’s incredible and I wanted to share my haul with you.
A friend who sent me sewing magazines, patterns and books recently has now sent me a whole bundle of crochet patterns. She’s having a major clear-out before decorating and has been giving piles of these away, I think they belonged to her Mother.
The term vintage is currently used so often that it’s becoming an almost meaningless term. Dictionary.com offers these definitions:
[vin-tij] Show noun, adjective, verb, vin·taged, vin·tag·ing.
1.the wine from a particular harvest or crop
2.the annual produce of the grape harvest, especially with reference to the wine obtained
3.an exceptionally fine wine from the crop of a good year
4.the time of gathering grapes, or of winemaking
5.the act or process of producing wine; winemaking
6.the class of a dated object with reference to era of production or use: a hat of last year’s vintage
7.of or pertaining to wines or winemaking
8.being of a specified vintage: Vintage wines are usually more expensive than nonvintage wines
9.representing the high quality of a past time: vintage cars; vintage movies
10.old-fashioned or obsolete: vintage jokes
11.being the best of its kind: They praised the play as vintage O’Neill.
1400–50; late Middle English (noun) < Anglo-French, equivalent to vint ( er ) vintner + -age -age; replacing Middle English vindage, vendage < Anglo-French; Old French vendange < Latin vīndēmia grape-gathering, equivalent to vīn ( um ) grape, wine + -dēmia a taking away ( dēm ( ere ) to take from ( see redeem) + -ia -y3 )
non·vin·tage, adjective, noun
In my surprise haul I believe I truly have a collection of vintage crochet patterns, but you can see a few of them and judge for yourself. This only a selection, including a few adverts I thought might make you smile: