A Delighted–and Delightful!–Grand Prize Winner

Just look at this wonderful photo:

That adorable, delighted face on the right belongs to Judy, our Knitting Daily Yarn Spree First Prize Winner. The lovely smile on the left belongs to Caryn, the manager of The Whole Nine Yarns, Judy's local yarn shop. I believe that bit of paper being clutched to in Judy's left hand is her winning gift certificate. (Caryn, let us know if you need us to print you a replacement certificate, as it looks like Judy might not want to let that one go.)

Judy, your joy at winning has captured our hearts here in the Knitting Daily offices. We are all so happy for you, and we send you our warmest congratulations on being our top prize winner!

Judy's Local Yarn Shop

The Whole Nine Yarns, owned by Debi Light, is located in Woodstock, Georgia, 30 miles north of Atlanta. They offer a large variety of the most luxurious and new yarns, accessories and fibers for knitters, crocheters, spinners and rug hookers. The shop provides an inviting and cheerful atmosphere where novice and master knitter alike are welcome and encouraged in their craft. Everyone there is always looking for new inspiration and fresh ideas, so you’ll find a great assortment of classes offered each month in everything from learn to knit to garment creation to fun accessories.
New technique classes are always a hit with their customers. Tuesdays are busy days at The Whole Nine Yarns with the Sit & Stitch group in the morning and Knit Night later that evening. Their dear customer, Judy, the Knitting Daily Yarn Spree First Place Winner, is a regular member of the Sit & Stitch group.

Everyone raise their needles and hooks in a salute to Judy and the good folks at The Whole Nine Yarns!

OK, Judy, Linda, and Gabriel: Time to get shopping! Have fun, and don't forget to send us a photo with your new stash enhancements.

Notes on The Ultimate Gift: Suggested Yarn Substitution

The Ultimate Gift sweater

Many of you have written to let us know that the yarn called for in The Ultimate Gift sweater is not easily obtainable. I wrote to the good folks at Tahki Stacy Charles, who make Filatura di Crosa Cashmere, and asked them if they could recommend a nice substitute yarn. Here is their kind and helpful reply:

If your readers are interested in making the sweater with the FDC Cashmere listed in the pattern, it is still available by special order. The yarn is not featured on our website, but we can provide pricing and order information by writing or calling the contact information given below.

If they would like to make the garment in a more cost-effective yarn, we suggest Filatura Di Crosa Zara (machine washable merino wool), which has a similar gauge and appearance. Zara is 137 yds per 50g ball and gauges 22 sts on #6 needles.

Tahki Stacy Charles Inc.
70-30 80th Street, Building 36
Ridgewood, NY 11385

Thank you, Tahki folks! This info has been added to the pattern detail page.

Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily.

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