Congratulations to all of the winners of the Berroco Sock Star Design Contest! I was hoping to be one of them, but it wasn't in the cards for me this time. It was thrilling to be chosen as a finalist, and I did get some wonderful feedback on my design. I plan to offer the necklace pattern along with a bonus matching ring pattern for sale in my Ravelry shop as soon as I get it ready.
To cheer myself up a little, I have ordered myself a deluxe set of Etimo crochet hooks from Knitty City, the only retailer that sells them in the US. I have been told that they are the "Cadillac of crochet hooks", and that they are sheer heaven to crochet with. After I have had a chance to use them, I will post a review!