Teeny Project Runway: Finalists!
February 28, 2008
Congratulations to everyone who entered Teeny Project Runway! If you read the comments from our last entry, you will see the overwhelming feeling that these 62 entries have, in the words of Tim Gunn, knocked everybody’s socks off. And in a world of knitters, that is a LOT of socks.
We need hardly point out that this has exceeded our expectations in every way. Still chuckling, still puzzling, still hearing speculation about whether Annabell the Rat is actually alive or stuffed.
All you entrants will be pleased to know that Project Runway’s official fan site linked to the contest yesterday, so your creations were viewed by tons of people who came over from Blogging Project Runway. (SPOILER ALERT: if you’re watching the TV series and don’t want to know who wins next week’s big finale, avoid this site until next Wednesday. They tell all over there!)
Who knows? Maybe Tim Gunn got an eyeful of your nutty creature couture.
The Voting: Chads, Lockouts, Misvotes–Are We in Florida???
Now. There has been a fair amount of trouble with the polling software we used for the voting. Blogpoll has some glitches. The fact that it is totally free is not one of them, and that is so compelling to us that we’ll put up with all sorts of weirdness. We do, however, want to be fair, and fortunately, we think the vote has turned out to be clean enough.
One glitch: Blogpoll automatically selects the top choice until the voter picks another one. This sort of lame-o design will get the Blogpoll people the U.S. presidential election contract.
Another glitch: the Blogpoll limit of 20 choices per Blogpoll meant that we had to cobble together four Blogpolls in order to list all 62 entries. This made it possible for voters to vote four times, so maybe the total number of votes cast was higher than it should have been. However, it was NOT possible to vote for one entry more than once per computer, so nobody could stuff the ballot box from one computer.
But the fact is, I think that knitters are a noble, rule-following people. And having to choose one favorite is the sort of excruciatingly delightful exercise that makes a contest like this fun in the first place. And furthermore, if you’re cheating on a contest like this, you’ll have a lot to answer for when you get up to the pearly gates and Elizabeth Zimmermann is there waiting for you.
If you emailed me about a voting difficulty, please know that I kept your vote on hand if it was going to be needed as a deciding vote.
We blew the deadline of 12:34 pm Central Daylight Time by two minutes, because we were on the phone actually, with each other, working on the new book which means mostly that we have multi-hour conversations sort of like when I used to watch TV while on the phone with my friends in seventh grade. “Are you still there?” “Yeah.” “Fonzie is so hot.” “Yeah.”
But at 12:36, I cut and pasted the vote totals from the Blogpolls, sealing them deep in the recesses of my computer, locking in the vote counts at that precise moment.
The top five vote-getters today at 12:36 pm, CDT, were:
Entry #54: Jill Goes to the Oscars, 626 votes
Entry #12: Babs the Sock Monkey, 328 votes
Entry #53: Giuseppina, Kermit’s Sister, 321 votes
Entry #20: Annabell the Rat, 300 votes
Entry #29: Mr. Potato O’Head, 300 votes
Congratulations to you all!!!!!
The Final Vote
Please go to view the Finalists here, then vote below.
The finalists are shown here in a random order as determined by drawing the names out of a black lizard cowboy boot. PLEASE VOTE CAREFULLY–click your choice, then click Vote.
Voting will be open until Friday, February 29, 9:59 pm Central Daylight Time.
Again, our kudos to you all. Really stunning!
Ann and Kay