It was a fun contest this year, and because there were less entries than last time, everyone had a much better chance of winning. In order to determine the winners, entries were divided into three categories:
- Non sock knitters
- Those with a clever/interesting photo
- Everyone else
Numbers were assigned based on order of entry. Then, using the sequence generator at Random.org, they were matched to the scrambled results. In making my tally, I determined that Monkey (or it's upside down version, Los manos Locos) was the most favored published pattern. This was followed by many variations on the "plain vanilla" sock pattern, which quite a few of you use as a basis for all the socks you knit (I belong to this group, too.) I hope you took time to go through the links provided in the comments, because there is a wealth of information there, including quite a few free patterns. It was also interesting to see how many of you linked to Ravelry pages, a situation that did not exist last year. Seems like I better start spending more time there!
Now, I suppose you want to know who won. Ok, here goes.
First, for non-sock knitters. This was easy because there was only one entry - Li B. Li says tiny socks needles hurt her hands, but she is intrigued with the idea of a sock loom like this. To get her started, she'll have the skein of Numma Numma "Whiny Butt." Good luck, and be sure to show me your socks!
Next, the photo category. I loved all the creative shots. Socks were posed against the sky, overlooking boats, on a balcony in Bavaria, on a monkey (Monkeys on a monkey!), festooning a sweet (and very patient) dog and even, surprisingly, with a dinosaur. But the random number generator chose Alma's ode to David Cassidy. Good job Alma - and great sock, too! You'll be making another pair with Numma Numma's "Minty Fresh."
Finally, the overall category. I'm pleased to announce that I can, after many contests and many entries, FINALLY award a prize to Doug!! Hey, Doug - your number came up at last! You get the skein of Numma Numma "Red Velvet Cake." Here's his sock entry photo. (I should mention that in the last two contests, Doug has missed winning by just one number. He was due!)
Thanks so much for your entries and for stopping by the blog. You've given me quite a few patterns to try over the next year. Goodness knows, I have more than enough sock yarn to knit them all! And while I'm knitting, I'll also be thinking about the theme for next year's Show Me Your Socks Contest, as well as one or two other prize opportunities between now and then.
And also, many, many thanks to Ms. Numma Numma for sponsoring this contest. Those who didn't win should immediately go buy a skein (or two or three or four or...) Get it here and here and here. You'll be SO happy you did.