They started with this beautiful BFL top from All Spun Up.
I've already posted about spinning it and plying it, which took, frankly, what seemed like forever.
But I think it was worth it.
I've learned that even if your yarn is a bit overspun and crunchy, it's still worthwhile knitting. Knitting will cover a multitude of sins, and you can cut out the worst parts. But next time, don't strangle it.
I've learned that handspun knits up a bit more sturdy than it looks, as the yarn is denser, so you can't just look at it and guess at a needle size. If you do, chances are that you'll have to rip it back and start over.
I've learned that my normal method of making matching socks by matching row counts doesn't really work when the yarn is uneven. I've also learned that I can live with one cuff being slightly shorter than the other. :-)
I've learned that handspun is warmer than commercial yarn. This is a good thing, since it's still the middle of winter.
I've learned that I still LOVE the Fleegle heel -- perhaps more than is healthy.
I've learned that even if it appears that a colour is disappearing when you're spinning it up, it can resurface in subtle ways and enhance the other colours -- witness the beautiful blue that's not apparent at first glance.
I've learned I love spinning sock yarn and knitting up socks with that yarn.