If you remember, the prize is a signed copy of Super Socks, the year's adoption of an alpaca (don't worry, you don't have to muck it out or anything!), a skein of beautiful Peak District Yarns sock yarn (worth £13), the party tea stitch markers, and the gorgeous Harris Tweed project bag, accessory case and DPN/circular needle holder (worth £92). I'm very grateful for the generosity of the people who have added prizes to the giveaway and you can find links to their websites below - please go and take a look if you have a minute!
And the winner is ... not so fast! You've got to listen to me rambling on a bit more first! You have to listen to me telling you that I was completely overwhelmed by the number of comments and I have loved reading every single one of them, so thank you to everyone who took the time to write to me. There were 115 comments here on the blog which is pretty amazing in itself, but nearly 700 in the Facebook group (I should probably think myself lucky that not every one of the 4,600 members wanted to enter! J) - I still find it quite incredible to think that that many people are involved with the Sockalong at all!
You also have to listen to me telling you that I am absolutely delighted to know that so many pairs of socks are now in existence. How do I know about the number of socks? Well, if you remember I asked you to tell me how many pairs of Sockalong socks you'd made - I thought it would be fun to see if we could find out. So how many socks? What do you think? Have a guess!
Bearing in mind that this is a snapshot moment of people who are knitting socks and are reading the blog and being part of our Facebook community now, so there may well be many more pairs out there keeping toes toasty and warm, I've added up all the pairs of socks that you've told me about and it's quite a lot. No, that's wrong - it's a flipping amazing number and I was very glad that I was sitting down when I punched the numbers into the calculator! 3,552 pairs of socks! That's 7,104 single socks! That's over 3,500 pairs of warm and cosy feet, of gifts given full of yarny love (and I may not have included all the Yarndale Sock Line socks in this number), of opportunities to create something, improve your well-being, banish the blues or while away the time in a waiting room!
Goodness, what can that mean to our yarn industry, to our yarn shops, our sheep farmers, our spinning mills, our indie dyers, our pattern designers - anybody at all who is involved with making a living through this wonderful, crafty business? It can only be good news, and we should all feel very proud to be part of it. Once you can knit a basic sock you can knit anything, and I hope that having made your first pair of socks, you feel that sense of achievement that makes you feel ready to tackle anything!
But enough! You need to know who's won the Winwick Mum Sockalong 1st birthday prize! Here are all the comments ready to go into the bag so that the winner can be drawn ...
and here's my husband with his hand in the bag full of comments. He gave them a good swirl round, we performed our own drum roll ...
and the winner is ...
Marsha Bray, it's you! Congratulations! All of these lovely treats are going to be winging their way to you as soon as you can let me know where you live! Please can you email me at email@example.com so that we can get that organised?
To everyone who didn't win - I'm sorry it wasn't you! But thank you for being part of the Sockalong and for taking the time to be part of the giveaway. It's been good fun and it's always lovely to hear from people who are knitting socks. I always joke that we're taking over the world one sock at a time, but from the number that has been made I think this might actually be true!
If you'd like to visit the websites of the giveaway sponsors, they are here:
Peak District Yarns - gorgeous yarns dyed and inspired by the Peak District
Rachel Horton - a fantastic range of affordable stitch markers
The Fabulous Mr G - beautiful Harris Tweed project bags and accessories
Our Facebook giveaway sponsors:
Rosie's Moments - stunning hand-dyed yarns, Socker's Rule sock rulers and other accessories
The Knitter's Attic - yarns, accessories and lovely hand-made project bags