(mostly pattern) give away

The patterns were free as the LYS closed. So I got quite a few. Plus, they all know I like the old patterns, and they set them aside especially for me… Oh, and I had a bunch already too.  Time to start weeding out!

Here’s what I’m thinking…

This can be a little send off to Libby. Send in a comment with wishes for Libby, good memories if you know her, thoughts about retail in general (you don’t have to be nice about this one). Let me know which of these give away things you are interested in, individually (e.g., #27), as a group (e.g., crochet), whatever. I’ll leave this up for a week or so, until Nov 3. If only one person is interested in any particular item, they get it. If multiple people are interested, I’ll do a random draw per item.

It’s all in my flickr set. There are a lot of pics, so thumbnails here, embiggen to see or go over to the flickr set.

Any rottie lovers? rottie1 It’s wearing a mock up of a Paton’s dinosaur sweater.

Scarf kit? scarfkit1 A sales rep drop off with a bit extra.

Summer 2004 Wild Fibers? wildfibers

Cast On, three issues, Summer 1998, Fall 1999, Spring 2000 caston

‘Guy’ patterns

  1. woolgatherLarry ‘Larry’ by Woolgathering Designs
  2. woolgatherRichard ‘Richard’ by Woolgathering Designs
  3. reynoldsmen1 Reynold’s Designs for Men Vol. 33. Now I’m wondering why the pictures all look like the guys are hanging out of stables? reynoldsmen3 reynoldsmen2 reynoldsmen4

Unisex adult sweaters

  1. Aussie sweaters aussies
  2. Ballybrae Trio ballybrae
  3. Penny Straker cables strakercable
  4. Bunch of Scandinavian patterns scandinavian
  5. Unger Vol 241 from 1980unger There’s a guy on the back cover, but it is mostly women’s patterns. This is what the fashionable set dressed like as I was heading off to college.
    unger3 unger1 unger2
    A friend recently made a vest much like the red one, though shorter, out of one skein of Amy’s chunky yarn. And, my hair was a bit like the blonde’s…um, still is, but ever so much more current! I was never fashionable though.
  6. Noro #6 noro6
  7. Noro #7 noro7
  8. Noro #8 noro8
  9. Family Hats doverhats


  1. couple of old sock patterns oldsock


  1. woolybabies Woolies for Babies, most of these specify to use Sayelle Orlon Acrylic!
  2. silvercreekbabySilver Creek Classics light worsted
  3. Phildar, the instructions are in English phildarbabies
    Inside, phildarbabies1 phildarbabies2 phildarbabies3 phildarbabies5 phildarbabies4 (don’t you want to dress a baby like a cow?)
  4. This one is actually an 18 inch doll pattern, but would fit a premie dollgartercoat
  5. bernatbabyafghanBernat Baby Afghans

bigger kids

  1. Preteen sweaters, don’t they look so hip? preteen Not!
  2. Circa 1940? This one is missing its cover and some of the pages, but what is here has the pattern info included. These actually seem to have stood the ‘test of time’
    oldkid2 oldkid1 oldkid5 oldkid3 oldkid4 oldkid7 oldkid6
    Or not, but then we know my fashion sense may be lacking…
  3. Maine Island KidsMEislandkids

Generally women’s sweaters

  1. Silver Creek, worsted silvercreekwoman
  2. woolgatherLittleOak Woolgathering Little Oak
  3. Sirdar Evita sirdarEvita
  4. pingouinPingouin, from the early 1980;s? The back cover is ok. There are some scary things with shoulder pads, but the black one is pretty good.
    pingouin1 pingouin2 pingouin3
  5. phildar76 Phildar #76. More scary 1980′s stuff (wait! you do want this please take it!), but a decent guy’s chunky ribbed cardigan, and this that looks interesting,
  6. classicelite
  7. Cleckheaton mohair cleckheatonmohair cleckheatonmohair2
  8. Cabled Raglan Cardi, isn’t this one of the hot items this year? bernatcable
  9. bernatvests1 bernatvests2 The cabled vest is cute
  10. leisureartswomen Leisure Arts!
  11. Ponchos and Capes poncho2 poncho4 poncho3


  1. crochetshellWoman’s shell
  2. A bunch of old crochet books
    Check out the awesome colors from the 1950 afghan book, crochetafg1 crochetafg2 The booklet with the line drawings is from 1935 and has some interesting stitch patterns, the ‘smart chair sets’ is from 1954!

Whew! That’s it (for now…….)

Did you see this news piece about the giant toilet? You’ve got to go see it in color… complete with seet and tank set!

20 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Julie said,

    October 23, 2007 @ 9:31 pm

    Best wishes to Libby in whatever your next venture is! May this be a happy time for you.

    The Doggie
    #11 Noro8
    #34 crochet
    #32 poncho’s (these I’d like as a gag gift, so if anyone else is interested, don’t put my name in) ;-)

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    V said,

    October 24, 2007 @ 6:22 am

    Well, since I’m like Libby -10 years right now…I’m not even sure what to say! It sounds like you were much loved by the knitters of your community and I wish you all the best!

    You dont have to send me anything, but I love those old noro’s and the old crochet books….I love old books WAY too much!

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    Colleen said,

    October 24, 2007 @ 6:34 am

    When I first walked into Water Street Yarns, I was a complete stranger to Augusta/Hallowell, to Maine, to the whole USA. And she made me feel so welcome! She talked t me, she invited me to knit group, and I walked out of there with 5 skeins of sale yarn, and the feeling that I was already starting to make friends. Thanks Libby!

    I’d be interested in the Wild Fibres

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    Sara said,

    October 24, 2007 @ 6:42 am

    Libby… I am so sorry I never got to see your store- it was on my list of places I had to go, but I foolishly thought it would be there when I got the time to pop in. I wish you the best of luck… happy days of fiber arts!

    In terms of patterns… I’d be up for the Phildar baby one (even if I don’t have a baby to dress as a cow, other people do!), any of the afghan ones (knit or crochet), and the crochet booklet bundle. Ooh! And the old sock one. I love old pattern books!

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    linedragon :-: Harriet said,

    October 24, 2007 @ 8:53 am

    Best wishes to Libby! From what I could tell by reading this blog, it looked like a lovely store I would’ve loved to visit.

    I love old stuff! I’d love any of the Woolgatherings, Penny Straker, Sirdar, Reynolds, socks, and Cast-ons you’ve got left. : )

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    Sue said,

    October 24, 2007 @ 9:21 am

    Water Street Yarns was the only thing I knew about Hallowell when I saw an apartment listing there, and I thought “hey that would probably be a nice place to live!” I’ve liked that we’re both making big brave leaps of faith at the same time. All the best in your new adventure! :)

    Does Noro 8 have patterns for knitted rabbits??? If yes sign me up!

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    Lucia said,

    October 24, 2007 @ 1:12 pm

    Best wishes to Libby! May the road rise up to meet her, may the sun shine upon her, and may she stumble over cashmere when she least expects it and not have to sell it to anybody.

    #3, because it’s so, um, cheerful.
    #25, love the black thing with the sparkly cables.
    #34, for my travels on the dark side.

    I too like #32, but it would be either a gag gift or an addition to my kitsch collection, so I’ll cede it to Julie (since I already picked 3 others) or whoever else wants it.

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    Mary said,

    October 24, 2007 @ 6:23 pm

    HI Lib,

    Surprise ! surprise ! I came and saw the pictures Lisa took! Go girl ! Onward and up ward!


    Hi Lisa,

    Great accounting of Lib’s departing days!!!! The pictures are great ! You all (yes I heard all about the wonderful folks that showed up to help her organize and move out) did a fabulous job.

    I was following the whole event from the Rockies (Wyoming & Idaho) where I was out plein air painting. I surely expected to return to Maine to drive up to Hallowell with my sleeves rolled up ready to do something ! (Marcus & I moved her from her first location to the present one.)

    Bravo for the support & actions of wonderful friends ! You all made & are making this part of her journey full of fond memories and a wonderful launching pad for “Libby’s Next Big Adventure”

    I’m putting in a request for #9,#10, #11, #12 as I like to make multicolored stuff and #13 as I desperately need to make wool leg warmers and socks for when I’m out painting in Jan and Feb and 2 needles all I can handle or figure out!

    May be (a few years back) you saw my Monet inspired free style crochet vest on Lib? I made it for myself as I was cold, then she really wanted it…so off it went with her – now I want to make leg warmers & socks and I’m planning on wearing big boots so no one will see them …

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    OzKnitter said,

    October 25, 2007 @ 7:37 am

    Just by the wonderful selections of patterns, I’d have loved to have visited Libby’s store. Best wishes to Libby and I hope that she has lots of time to pursue those things that she’s wanted to do “one day”.

    If they’re still available, I’d love the old sock patterns.


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    Marsha said,

    October 25, 2007 @ 8:06 am

    So sorry to see the store close, Libby. Best wishes for the all of your future endeavors!

    I’d like to request #21 (Maine Island Kids), which looks like it has fun stuff I could knit for my own little one. I’m also interested in #16 (Phildar Babies) and #11 (Noro 8), which has an adorable stuffed rabbit I’d love to knit up.


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    MollyBee said,

    October 25, 2007 @ 9:51 am

    Gory, Deah! That was quite a haul!!!!!

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    Heide said,

    October 25, 2007 @ 11:50 am

    Crap, I always hate to see small businesses close, for any reason. Libby good luck in whatever you pursue next. I love on-line sales and convenience as much as the next person, but I try to support my LYS by visiting and buying from her 2 or 3 times a year (they’re big purchase visits… at least for my budget). It will be a sad day indeed when our choices are limited to Wal-mart (or other conglomorates) and a few large on-line warehouses. Likewise, we should all make an effort to help out on-line Indie shop owners. Should they still be available then I’d be interested in and willing to pay shipping for the following.

    #7 Scandinavian
    #12 Family Hats
    and the scarf kit (was this included?)are all very nice.

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    Christene said,

    October 25, 2007 @ 2:02 pm

    I hate to hear that there’s one less LYS to visit… I love “discovering” shops, and my local LYS is very dear to me — there’s nothing quite as comfy as a welcoming yarn shop… Good luck, Libby, and enjoy your own future “discovering”!

    I’m trying to weed out some of my own patterns, so I’ve only interest in the one, the Scandinavian patterns (#7) as I collect such patterns, but I see it’s already been hoped for, so not to worry if it’s already found a home. Thanks either way for the thought of sharing such goodies, old patterns are another tactile thing that make local shops so special to find!

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    catsmum said,

    October 25, 2007 @ 3:59 pm

    Obviously all the best for whatever the future holds for you Libby
    and I’d be happy with the Wild Fibres or any one of the Noros or any of the baby stuff.

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    Christina said,

    October 25, 2007 @ 4:50 pm

    Libby, sorry to see any LYS go no matter where they are! And best of luck to you in your future endevours! I’d be most interested in the scarf kit, any of the cast ons, the hats, the socks, or any of the crochet stuff. Very generous of you to share the wealth so to speak!

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    Blogless Carrie said,

    October 25, 2007 @ 6:40 pm

    Libby, Libby, Libby – Well, let’s see: I feel in love with her and the shop the first time I visited, or perhaps it was the second time, because of her perpetual cheery demeanor *and* the fact that she remembered my name!! *Who* remembers one’s name after meeting them only once? The welcoming environment, a shop owner who was willing to help – I told her that she and her yarn shop were one of the deciding factors in our decision to move to Gardiner, the next town over.

    And then, her teaching. She is one of the best teachers I have ever encountered – patient and kind, but taking the time to also help me learn how to read stitches and fix things on my own. I have grown tremendously as a knitter these past few years, because of tutelage, and a great sense of humor.

    She created a great community at Water St. Yarns – my “happy place,” as another of our friends has dubbed it. A place to go and laugh, and have interesting and stimulating conversations about *anything* (literally), and yes, to knit, too.

    I will miss the yarn shop, but am so happy to know that Libby is rid of it, as I have become fortunate enough to have her as a friend, and care about her well-being. Thanks for welcoming us all, Libby, and best of luck in your new endeavors!

    :) Carrie

    P.S. I’ll put in for the Scarf kit (if it’s available) & #12

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    Kenyetta said,

    October 25, 2007 @ 7:18 pm

    I have never been to Water St. Yarns, it sounds awesome, I can tell by the comments you are very loved. I wish I had been able to visit. Best of luck to you in your new adventures.

    I am a huge Rottie lover or #21 would be interesting.

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    mia said,

    October 26, 2007 @ 6:16 pm

    WOW! Seriously girl. This post has GOT to win the most many pictures and descriptions in a single post ! Oh shit, i spilled my popcorn.. Ok, anyway.. I’m going back to read it again now.

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    mia said,

    October 26, 2007 @ 6:17 pm

    ok, since i noticed it bottom up (oh my god, cracking myself up here), the crochet books are pretty cool :)

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    Lisa G said,

    October 28, 2007 @ 11:18 am

    Libby- Congratulations! We will miss you. As I read thru Lisa’s posts and people’s comments, I was struck by how much of a Knitter’s LYS you had. Remembering faces and names like yarns and gauges. The LYS the knitters dream about having. The one where you stop in to visit with the owner “just because”. The shop owner that you can ask “What did you buy for me at Market?”.

    I send you wishes of calm, contented change. Thoughts of appreciation of having different time – not more or less, but different. I hope that you occasionally run into former customers–the ones who ask “How are you?” and “Are you enjoying yourself?”

    May you remember stories of your customers-knitting for “firsts” and even knitting for “lasts”; those who knitted for encouragement and healing. Thoughts of beginning knitters who fell in love and pursued it, becoming advanced knitters (and expert shoppers).

    PS-Enjoy your own knitting.

    Lisa, my “thing” is orphans. Patterns, yarns, I’m not particular because I’ll use a stitch pattern or a bit of shaping in SOMETHING. And it really does happen. Back issues of knitting magazines are always a find.

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