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The knitting warriors are at it again.

You may recall our coverage of Sockwars IV, the knitting assassin game, some time ago.  (In case you missed it: Sockwars is a take on the old assassin game, in which you “assassinate” your victim by knitting and mailing them a pair of socks.  The organizer describes it as, “the largest, bloodiest, extreme knitting tournament in the world.” )  Sockwars V is now underway and there has been some serious yarn carnage.  While the competition isn’t quite over, we couldn’t help but take a preliminary peek at the body count.  Call it morbid curiosity.

Here we see the number of assassinations per week, since the start of the competition:

Sockwars V: kills by week

Sockwars V: kills by week

The bloodletting peaked the second week and has dropped off since then.  Reviewing this by day we get a slightly different picture:

Sockwars V: kills by date

Sockwars V: kills by date

Here we see that the assassinations come in waves.  They’re closer together toward the start of the competition but become more spread out over time.  This makes sense.  In such a large competition I would expect a lot of people to get picked off early on, then the victors of those early battles are left to slug it out with one another.

This next chart shows just how mean these knitters can be:

Sockwars V: kills by weekday

Sockwars V: kills by weekday

See that?  Friday has been the biggest day for assassinations, by far.  We always figured Monday was the week’s designated low point; now these crazy knitters go ruining Friday!  Is nothing sacred?

That’s all for now.  We’ll bring you more in-depth analysis after the dust clears and one killer knitter has declared victory.

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