It has been a long time since I spun something with a specific purpose in mind (I'm a *let the fiber/yarn tell me what it wants to be* sort of person). And longer still since I spun something with a specific purpose in mind, and then actually carried out that purpose in a reasonable amount of time. But I bought the Northern Lights batts at the North Country Fiber Fair in September, and I spun 3 skeins (I have one full skein and small balls left from the first 2 left) of sturdy 2-ply yarn, and then I not only started the socks I had in mind, I actually finished them!
I love the bits of color in these socks- they really do look like the Northern Lights. These socks are sturdy, and heavy, and they'll be warm and comfy in the cold Dakota winter.
Stats: about 270 yds of yarn, 5ozs, Size 3 needles, CO 56, K2P2 ribbing for 12 rnds, decrease to 50 sts, 6" to heel, standard flap/gusset heel, 6 1/2" to toe, star toe. Started spining Sept 16, finished socks Oct. 6.