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  • I know a winner when I see one (I hope). I’m sticking with Babs’s ensemble. It’s fresh, it’s cute. Why, I could even see myself wearing it.

  • Marvelous! My favorite is a finalist!

  • Thank YOU for putting on the contest! It was really fun. I will always remember it as the project that helped me overcome my fear of DPN’s! And my snail has never been warmer.

  • Whew! Congratulations to the Finalists, and a hearty “well done!” to all the designers – What a fun way to get through a week in a February that just won’t quit!
    Time to frog a Salmon 😉

  • it just about killed me to try and narrow these 5 finalistss down to one. even the mise en scène of the photos is making me howl. Annabell the Rat is transporting me back to after-school episodes of Hammy the hamster. and the sock monkey! the knitting for the knitted character! babs, giuseppina, annabell, the mister and jill:: strike a pose, y’all. fabu once more.

  • Love them all. Jill is a winner and Kermit’s sister a great runner up in my view, but everyone did a great job.
    Thanks for the fun.

  • They all just make it work. So hard to choose. Annabell is fabulous. Jill just has it going on though. Thanks for the contest. This is fun.

  • How rotten is it to switch votes? Really, this is why I Never vote in the primaries. My first vote is a finalist, but even after reviewing the field three times before voting, I somehow missed the overwhelming spectacular qualities of another finalist. I had always believed myself to be the loyal sort, but here I find myself in love with (*gasp*) a different entry. I should do pennance. Maybe knitting abstinence for a day (washcloths don’t count)or worse, I could force myself to finish up that sweater that probably won’t even fit my two year old anymore.

  • But, still, what is the truth on Annabell? Live, stuffed, taxidermied, what?

  • All my faves were included in the finalists, though I have to say, Monkl really spoke to me, guilessly wearing his underpants on his head, so I hope he can receive an Honorable Mention! Congratulations to all the creative knitters (and Ann and Kay, of course).

  • Annabell’s front legs look a little rigid there poised above the ground a bit… if you know what I mean. And our old “Buddy” may he R.I.P. never sat still for clothes no matter how hard my daughters tried. (i’m just sayn’)

  • Talk about twisted stitches!!! This is one hootin’ contest. I love each and every entry. Me, I’m hoping that Babs pulls out from behind. It was a toss up between Babs and Jill. There are some mighty fine knitters out there!!! Thanks for the fun everyone.

  • To quote another Project Runway contestant, these entries are FIERCE. I am partial to Mr O’Potato Head because the idea of knitting an aran sweater that small boggles my mind. It is a bit casual, but there are differenct “looks” you know. What fun.

  • I’d like to point out that Babs’s outfit was not only designed and created by one fine knitter, but the knitter also crafted Babs from a pair of socks–hand stitching! I think we all realize how difficult that can be! That fact sealed the deal for me and helped sway my vote away from Jill. Sorry Jill, but you were bought in a store! Can’t compete with the blood, sweat, and tears of a hand-made sock monkey!

  • who can resist a potato in a sweater? just fantastic!

  • Again, can’t see the blogpoll, but I’ll vote for ‘Jill Goes to the Oscars’.
    Great fun! Thanks!

  • My goodness. Those are ALL so wonderful, it was almost impossible to pick a favorite.
    Clearly, excellent work by ALL the entrants.

  • I had to once again vote for Annabell the Rat. Having knit for “Mr. Beaver”, I guess I have a thing about “real” animals. And seriously, she’s dressed up to celebrate the year of the rat, how fitting is THAT?! I LOVED all of the finalists anyway, and truly appreciate the amount of work that was put into them, WOW! I’ll wait anxiously for the winner to be announced, and Mr. Beaver will go back to live with my brother-in-law. But you never know, he might wind up with a new accessory now and then… 😉
    Go Annabell!

  • Jill is dreamy, but I got to say, the dishraggy elecgance and getting a pet rat to hold still for being dressed and photographed definitely gets major degree of difficulty points. Maybe the contest should have been divided between live model and non-live model?

  • Quinn, I’m with you – frogging a cricket. My husband liked your salmon best – being a fisherman – but I browbeat him into voting for me. What’s a guy to do?

  • you would think it would be easier when it is narrowed down to just a few entries – but it isn’t (must be said in a whiney voice) what to do what to do what to do ……

  • I, too, really, REALLY need to know if Annabell is “singing with the choir invisible” (which was BRILLIANT, I’d never heard that before!).

  • So many favorites!!! The drama of the Spartan Ducks really grabbed me, as well as the casual jaunty air of Mr. Beaver. And how about Frangles the Kitten and the Salmon Wrap? Inspired, all! You guys are great.

  • Well I blew it!
    I had the animal, a creature named Disco Reindeer, just imagine.
    I had the idea, xmas sweater of course.
    I didn’t have the time, no really, because I was starting my own blog:
    Knitting In Mind (the knitter formerly known in comments as whosadele)
    Now that I see there was a possibility of Tim Gunn (!!) seeing my work, I think I made the wrong choice. Poo.

  • whoa these are all spectacular and oh my goodness is that really a stuffed rat???
    kudos to that person. :o)
    but i must say, this was not an easy decision to make!!! lurved all of the entries–i’ve never had so much fun looking at pictures of mini-FOs!

  • Thanks for the fun. “Sheep in Sox” and I both agree that Jill has class and we hope she wins.

  • I’m so glad to see the little rat made it to the big time! She was one of my favorites (though I could only vote for one), so I’m completely thrilled!

  • You girls sure know how to throw a party!

  • No! Where’s the cricket?!? Have you people no taste!
    (I voted for the cricket.)(Now that I think about it, none of my other choices made it to the top five. I must be stranger than I thought.)

  • I sense a conspiracy!! Which really just means that my favorite hasn’t been a frontrunner either time. Unlike in the US presidential election, however, I am not really too bothered about this. It was awesome just to observe the entries.

  • central daylight time???
    i am a florida poll watcher
    this may be enough for a recount

  • Congratulations to all the top 5 and good luck to everyone, but I’m going with Jill…total fashion magic!

  • Ditto Lori’s congrats and good luck to all top 5. And to EVERYONE OF THE 62, who’s sense of fun, and whose creativity I wish I possesed, THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES.
    Just a ‘shout out’ here for dear old Babs (Jill’s zoological cousin?–have they been in competition for years, or what??)in FELTED sandals with that jaunty I-CORD flower in her hat, and all.
    Strut your stuff down the runway in that hot sundress, Babs! Such fashion sense, such attention to detail, BRAVO,BRAVO!

    (outcry of the masses in a ‘banana’ republic)
    Vote in your primates–uhh, primaries…

  • Thanks, Cindy! And please thank your husband – praise from a fisherman is high praise indeed! I was very impressed with your entry as well – especially the sensitivity to your client’s need for creative expression 🙂
    Perhaps we should open a boutique catering to the discerning (metal) critter??

  • That boutique sounds like a plan! I up for anything to get extra funds for stash enhancement! My husband says don’t quit my day job. Probably wise advice.

  • Oh, I gotta have that rat poncho and hat pattern!! I have two pet rats myself!!! Sooooo funny!!!

  • annabel is a sure winner BUT
    1) she is a he
    2) he is most definitely stuffed (good job but telltale signs – paws not touching ground, tail sticking up, nose is all funny)
    no rat would let their human do his, no matter how loving!