Well! Here are the contenders, before the toe-down began! The two pairs of socks prepared two-at-a-time on a circular needle, ready for the ties to be knit!
The other contender’s socks were in a similar state, but I imagine she’s either finished by now, or she will have finished by noon tomorrow!
Fortunately, it didn’t take me long to finish my pair up, and now I have these: