I come from a family of crafters, probably born with a needle in my hand.
My grandmother and aunt collected patterns with a passion. Actually, my aunt has one room dedicated to her 'library' that shelves binders filled with copies of any pattern book she finds. She says that she's glad she did since it's so hard to find any patterns in the craft stores these days. (lol- preach)
Finding those gem pattern books became a hobby of mine as well. I'm always on the lookout for patterns at yard sales and thrift stores.