I think the it is the most fantastic thing that you took pictures of your own skirt right next to the ones for sale! At first glance I thought you had just made several skirts- they look almost identical! The almost is because the GAP skirts look like someone sat in dirt. Well done!!
I think I would be in on a sock creatures swap, but I would rather not work from the book. Would we be allowed to make up our own creatures? Maybe we would send a pair of socks that we'd like the base of the creature to be made of, then the partner could add socks from their own stash (don't lie, we all know you have a sock stash.) to make extra parts/accessories for the creature. I really hope this swap goes somewhere, it sounds like a lot of fun.
Wow!! This is beautiful! Did you design the entire thing?? Even multiple punctuation marks can't express how gorgeous this is!!
And for the planchett (sp? can't pronounce this word either...), you might look into getting some of those felt circles sold for using underneath furnature. They're sticky on one side so they can adhere to most surfaces.